Indiana received a verbal commitment from 2021 center Logan Duncomb on Tuesday.
Depending on whether Khristian Lander reclassifies for 2020, this may or may not be the Hoosiers’ second commit for the ’21 class.
The 6-foot-9, 235-pounder from Archbishop Moeller in Cincinnati is ranked as a four-star prospect by 247Sports, as well as the 14th-best player at his position, and the 80th-best prospect nationally.
Duncomb had offers from Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Iowa, Ohio State, Xavier, and Stanford, among others.
Duncomb started to pay more attention to IU once he received his offer from Archie Miller in July, and he felt like what he’s been trained to do at Moeller translated to the Hoosiers’ style.
“How they have bigs run the floor hard, how they play their bigs inside, but also, with some of their bigs, have them come out and shoot and pick and rolls and stuff like that,” Duncomb said. “And how they stress rebounding, especially offensively.”
He took a couple of unofficial visits to IU, but Duncomb had additional inside information on Miller’s program. Moeller grad Michael Shipp joined the Hoosiers as a walk-on last season.
“He really wants to win, and if you’re doing something wrong, he’ll correct you,” Duncomb said. “But (Shipp) says he loves Archie and the rest of the coaching staff.”
Considering the sheer number of guards Miller has brought in thus far, including possibly Lander to go with Anthony Leal and Trey Galloway and wing Jordan Geronimo in the 2020 class, the Hoosiers were in need of some size in coming years.
IU is graduating De’Ron Davis, and Joey Brunk’s final season of eligibility will come in 2020-21. It’s also not certain that the uber-talented Trayce Jackson-Davis will be around for 2021-22.
Duncomb said Archie Miller told him he could have an immediate role with the Hoosiers.
“Just that I can be someone who can make an impact as a freshman, be able to play inside and stretch the floor, too,” Duncomb.
In Moeller’s regular season, Duncomb averaged 13.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game as a junior. He converted on 68.6 percent of his shots, as well as 42.9 percent of his 3s in a smaller sample size (3-of-7).
“It’s something that’s been developing over the last level years,” Dumcomb said of his 3-point shot. “The thing about Moeller is they don’t need me to shoot 3s. We have a really good team. .. But it’s something I’ve been working on a lot. It’s something I’m going to continue to get better at.”
As far as his positional role, Duncomb feels he is athletic enough to guard both the five and the four positions. He doesn’t know if he’s set to add more inches to his 6-9 frame, but his last x-ray showed his growth plates are open. So it’s not out of the question.
Moeller finished its season 26-1 and was about to play in Ohio’s “final four” before the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Going into the playoffs, Duncomb was the third-leading scorer on his team.
He’s definitely learned to play team basketball.
“I felt like it’s been a positive also, to be with unselfish players who pass the ball. It’s the way to play basketball,” Duncomb said. “It just helps me to know how to play with other players.”
As you’d expect from a four-star forward, Duncomb displays an ability to score in the post with a variety of moves. He also has the ability to stretch out and hit a jumper. Here’s a highlight from his sophomore season: