Commencement Grades: The 2020-21 Al Durham, Indiana season is canceled
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – There are only 53 people in the long and storied history of Indiana basketball who have scored at least 1,000 points in their career with the Hoosiers, and Senior Al Durham is one of them.
That in itself says something.
The 6-foot-4 security guard from Lilburn, Georgia broke the barrier in his final home game at the Simon Skojdt Assembly Hall on February 27 against Michigan. It was Senior Day too, his last game in Bloomington. His career ended three games later and he was out the door. He has decided to play his final bonus season in Providence.
Here’s a breakdown of his season, what I liked and didn’t like, his best game and future prospects, and of course his final grade.
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Al Durham by the numbers
- Games played: 26 of 27
- Games started: 26 of 27
- Average minutes: 32.5 (second in the team)
- Points per game: 11.3 (third in the team)
- Rebounds per game: 3.1
- Assists per game: 2.6
- Steals per game: 0.53
- Field target percentage: 38.8 (87 for 224)
- 3-point percentage: 38.0 (38 for 100)
- Free Throw Percentage: 78.6 (81 for 103)
What i liked
A lot of very smart people would never have thought four years ago that Al Durham would score 1,000 points in his career at Bloomington. He’s never been great, never an all-conference player, but he clearly thought the basket was pretty good.
It was no different this year as he scored nine or more points in 19 of his 26 games. He averaged 11.3 points per game, one of only three Hoosiers a double-digit average.
He did everything with class. He worked very hard to achieve everything he did in Indiana and certainly had a better than expected career.
What I did not like
Sometimes he was just too wild to get to the basket, and that was evident from his low shooting rates of two, which were just 39 percent. Much of this could be due to the dire offense he played on, but that was the lowest percentage of his career.
He’s not a great defensive player either, and that got his ugly head up all too often. How can a security guard play all these minutes and only have 14 steals in an entire season? And in the two games against Michigan State towards the end of the season with an NCAA tournament offer on the line, he walked a combined 0v11 off the field. They were part of the six-game losing streak that ended the season.
He had 19 points at the start of a game against Providence – his future team – at the Maui Invitational and 20 points when he lost to Rutgers in February right after the first Michigan disaster, but his best game by far was in the Northwest.
He hit one big shot after another in that game, a win in two overtime hours on February 12th. He hit a season high of 24 points and made 11 of 12 free throws to seal the win.
He’s in providence for his fifth bonus year. Many of you don’t care what his future prospects are, since it won’t be in Indiana, and I understand that. Much like we said about Armaan Franklin going to Virginia, these Hoosiers are going to be insane and insane.
Ed Cooley is a good coach and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he were back to a double-digit goalscorer.
Final grade: B.
B: I was here at B-Minus, but I made it a little better because this 1,000-point mark means a lot to me. It’s a solid career and he gets bonus point for it.
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