Indiana Basketball: A favorable rise in rankings for an IU recruit

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An Indiana Basketball recruit had a favorable rise in his ranking

Logan Duncomb, the sole commitment in Archie Miller’s class of 2021, has played excellent basketball this summer and shown a great deal of improvement. The young big man is now being rewarded for his hard work.

Duncomb moved up 51 spots in the latest Rivals recruiting update — from #139 to #88. He is the biggest mover in Rivals’ class of 2021.

A big reason for Duncomb’s ascension is his breakout performance this past summer against the Indy Heat and Purdue commit Caleb Furst. Duncomb dominated Furst, ranked 38th per Rivals, scoring 29 points and (although rebounds weren’t statistically tracked) pulling in what looked to be well over ten rebounds.

Ever since that game against the much more highly ranked Furst, Duncomb has been on the rise. 247Sports also moved Duncomb up from outside their top-100 to number 63.

When Furst signed with Purdue, it seemed like somewhat of a loss for Indiana. Archie Miller wasn’t pushing hard in the Fort Wayne native’s recruitment but losing in-state talent to your biggest in-state rival always hurts. Duncomb seemed to be a step down from Furst upon his commitment, but Miller clearly saw something many scouts didn’t see. Now, the gap between Furst and Duncomb is closing, if not even.

Duncomb stills needs to improve his body and his athleticism, but IU strength and conditioning coach Cliff Marshall will take care of that as he always does. With Joey Brunk graduating and Trayce Jackson-Davis becoming a serious candidate to jump to the NBA, Duncomb will need to shoulder a great deal of responsibility in the frontcourt from the moment he walks on campus. Now more than ever, it looks like he’s more capable of doing that.

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I firmly believe given his rapid improvement that Duncomb is shaping up to be a fantastic four-year starter who could make some national noise as an upperclassman, much like Luka Garza or Ethan Happ.

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