Indiana continues to signal that their 2021-22 roster may not be finalized. And post depth continues to be an area of interest for the IU staff.
7-foot, 250 pound center Michael Durr had been planning to transfer from South Florida to Virginia Tech, but Durr tweeted Monday that he decided to reopen his recruitment.
247Sports national recruiting analyst Dushawn London reported on Twitter that Indiana has shown interest in Durr since he reopened his recruitment, along with Penn State, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, DePaul and others. In a story published at 247Sports, Durr told London that while he is just getting to new his new suitors, he did have a meeting with the entire Indiana staff including head coach Mike Woodson.
Durr, who has two years of eligibility left, had actually signed with the Virginia Tech program last month.
An Atlanta native, Durr averaged 8.8 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds for American Athletic Conference member South Florida as a junior last season. His rebound average was fourth in the conference, and his 2.9 offensive rebounds were second. Durr also shot 79 percent from the free throw line. He averaged 26.4 minutes and blocked a team-high 18 shots. Durr played each of his first three seasons at USF, starting 85 of his 87 career games.
According to kenpom.com, Durr was top-100 nationally in both defensive (No. 96) and offensive (No. 80) rebounding percentage, and he was No. 172 in block percentage in 2020-21. Durr wasn’t particularly efficient for his size, making just 44.5 percent of his 2-point shots and just 4 of 19 3-pointers. He was more efficient in his two preceding years, making 50 and 51 percent of his 2-point shots in 2019-20 and 2018-19, respectively.
Out of Oldsmar Christian School in the class of 2018, Durr was a 3-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite. That service had him ranked No. 300 overall, and the No. 48 center. Durr also had offers at the time from DePaul, Georgetown, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
Indiana recently lost Joey Brunk to Ohio State and appear to be in search of a replacement. The Hoosiers expect to start Trayce Jackson-Davis at center, but will only have true freshman Logan Duncomb available as a backup on the block. Duncomb just turned 18 in April. The Hoosiers have also shown interest in 6-foot-11 NAIA All-American E.J. Onu.
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