BLOOMINGTON — Archie Miller kept Indiana's Class of 2017 intact.
Forward Clifton Moore will join guard Al Durham and forward Justin Smith in staying with the Hoosier program. All three had signed last fall when Tom Crean was the coach. Once Crean was fired last month, there was uncertainty whether they would seek a new program.
Moore and Durham specifically asked to be released from their national letters of intent. IU officials said they would grant the request once they talked to Miller.
So they did.
One of Miller's priorities was to keep the freshmen with the Hoosiers.
So he did.
Granted, this isn't a superstar class in the manner of, say, Kentucky, which is No. 1 according to most recruiting services, but that wasn't the point. Not for a new coach not even a month on the job.
The 6-6 Smith is ranked No. 115 nationally by Rivals.com. The 6-9 Moore comes in at No. 130. The 6-4 Durham didn't crack the top 150, but he's a three-star prospect with good potential.
Keeping Moore was big because Indiana's frontcourt depth is uncertain. Starting center Thomas Bryant has entered the NBA Draft and might not return. De'Ron Davis is back and has a bright future. The only other frontcourt player is senior-to-be Tim Priller,who barely played under Crean.
Smith and Durham were in Louisville over the weekend for the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic. Smith scored 15 points in Saturday night's game. Durham had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Now Miller can fully focus on players in the classes of 2018 and 2019. That's when we'll see if he can get the Hoosiers to elite recruiting status.