Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Clifton Moore, Al Durham Request Releases from Indiana
Clifton Moore and Al Durham have both requested their releases from Indiana following last week’s firing of Tom Crean.
Durham is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Lilburn (GA) Berkmar and Moore is a 6-10 small forward from Hatboro-Horsham (Pa.).
“Clif requested [his] release and has not been released yet,” said his father, Cliff Moore Sr. “He will be open for recruitment from Indiana and other schools.”
Moore, whose stock exploded this summer at the Elevate Hoops events in Philadelphia and Ardsley, N.Y., also considered Ole Miss, Lafayette, Temple, St. Joe’s and Northwestern the first time around.
This time, a slew of schools are expected to be in the mix, including Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Minnesota, Villanova, Ole Miss, Delaware, Lafayette, La Salle, Temple, St. Joe’s, Penn State and Kansas State.
Durham initially chose Indiana over Clemson, South Florida, Georgia. Louisiana Tech, Cincinnati, Arizona, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Rhode Island and Virginia Tech.
Durham’s father, Al Durham Sr., told Alex Bozich, “Indiana is still an option. The new coach would have to recruit him.”
Indiana’s third Class of 2017 pledge, Justin Smith, has yet to comment on his future plans.
Meantime, as reported by ZAGSBLOG last week, uncommitted 2017 wing Jordan Tucker is no longer considering Indiana and is now weighing Villanova, Oregon and Georgia Tech.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.