BLOOMINGTON, IN - NOVEMBER 25, 2020 - guard Trey Galloway #32 of the Indiana Hoosiers during the game between the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles and the Indiana Hoosiers at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, IN. Photo By Missy Minear/Indiana Athletics

IU basketball players react to news of Archie Miller’s firing, Durham in transfer portal

This story will be updated.

With the news that Archie Miller has been fired, Indiana is now in new head coach search mode.

A parallel story to monitor any time there is a coaching change is the impact on the roster.

Several current IU players have taken to social media or shared their thoughts with others.  Three players spoke with recruiting outlet Tipton Edits.

Freshman guard Anthony Leal, a Bloomington native, told Tipton Edits that he intends to stay irrespective of who the next coach is.

“Freshman guard Anthony Leal tells me he’s a “Hoosier for life. Born and raised and that’s never going to change,” Tipton Edits wrote.

Fellow freshman Trey Galloway expressed confidence in the program.

“I’m staying and I believe in IU basketball and I trust in everything that is going to happen in the future,” Galloway told Tipton Edits.

Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, who is currently evaluating his professional options, reiterated his intent to assess his alternatives to Tipton Edits.

“I haven’t really even decided to weigh my options, still a lot to take in,” Jackson-Davis said.

On his own Twitter page Jackson-Davis only posted a confused emoji soon after the news broke.

Potential sixth year center Joey Brunk took to his own account to share some quick thoughts.

“Coach Miller gave me the opportunity to come to Indiana and I will always be grateful for that. Thank you coach,” Brunk said.

Former player Devonte Green seemed to have some built up animosity towards Miller that he shared on Monday afternoon.

“Oh how the tables have turned,” Green said in a post that he later deleted.

Former forward Freddie McSwain was  more gracious when it came to his former coach.

“One of the realist coaches I ever had,” McSwain wrote of Miller on his Twitter page.

Former Director of Player Development Derek Elston, who played for Tom Crean, also had high praise for Miller.

“Arch kept me on when he didn’t have to and gave me an opportunity to learn and grow and he was an amazing person to be around! I hope nothing but success in the future for these guys!,” Elston wrote on Twitter, referring to the now former IU coaching staff.

On the recruiting front, Indy Star’s Kyle Neddenriep wrote that class of 2022 guard CJ Gunn intends take some time before making any decisions.

“Lawrence North junior C.J. Gunn committed to Indiana just last month. In light of today’s news on Archie Miller getting let go at IU, Gunn is focused on team’s state tournament run and will take some time before making any decision on college front,” Neddenriep wrote on Twitter.

IU AD Scott Dolson said he had a Zoom conference with 2021 signee Logan Duncomb.

“I met with Logan Duncomb and his father via Zoom (on Monday),” Dolson said.  “I wanted him and his father to hear directly from me and answer any questions that they had.”

AL DURHAM IN THE TRANSFER PORTAL

A couple hours after the news on Miller broke, several outlets announced on Twitter that senior guard Al Durham had put his name in the transfer portal.

As we reported here on Friday, Durham had announced his departure on his Twitter page, and several players expressed their gratitude for the well liked guard from Georgia.

What wasn’t clear at the time was Durham’s next move.  He has a year of eligibility remaining due to the NCAA’s granting of an additional year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But Durham could have moved on to a professional career, or gotten into coaching like his father.  Now it seems clear he will at least explore a fifth year of college basketball elsewhere.

Durham averaged a career best 11.3 points per game as a senior.  He surpassed the 1,000 point mark for his career in late February.


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