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IU Signees for Class of 2017 seek release

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 02:02 am
BLOOMINGTON — Fallout from the firing of Tom Crean has hit basketball recruiting. Hard.

Specifically, the three-member Class of 2017 is down to one, and that one is on shaky crowd.

Four-star forward Clifton Moore from Philadelphia and three-star guard Al Durham from Georgia have asked to be released from their national letters of intent. Four-star swingman Justin Smith of Illinois is considering his options and he, too, might want to move on.

Depending on who the new coach is, the players might want to stick with the program, or find other schools.

The 6-10 Moore picked IU over Mississippi, Northwestern and Temple.

Durham wrote on Twitter that, “I want to thank the Hoosier program and everybody who has supported me throughout this process. I have built a lot of love for Indiana and that a major part of why I was coming to Indiana was because of coach Crean and the rest of the coaching staff … but I have decided to ask for my release after a long thought process with my family. I will continue to keep all my options open, including Indiana, and with that I want to thank the coaching staff and Indiana community for everything they have done for me.”

IU had been over-signed for next season, which wasn't unusual under Crean.

Now, at least for the time being, it is not.

Also, three current players, Thomas Bryant, James Blackmon and OG Anunoby could enter and stay in the NBA draft. Could. And other players could transfer.

Again, a lot depends on who the new coach is. That search remains on-going, and will likely continue that way for a while, although rumors and speculation continue to swirl around the program.


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