Devin Davis enjoys Saturday trip to Bloomington

After a stellar summer with the Eric Gordon All-Stars, 2013 Warren Central forward Devin Davis Jr. is quickly becoming one of the most sought after recruits in the state.

The 6-5, 190-pound sophomore already holds offers from Indiana, Purdue, Illinois and Xavier and is drawing interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Butler.

Davis was among the impressive group of visitors at Saturday’s Indiana-Michigan football game and gave Inside the Hall a quick recap of the day.

“I didn’t play in the open gym, but it was pretty cool seeing most of the other players there like Jeremy Hollowell and Cody Zeller,” he said. “They took us out on the field for the football game and introduced us to some of the players.”

Davis, who was accompanied by his parents, said he talked briefly with Tom Crean and the IU head coach emphasized the importance of hard work and continued improvement.

“He just told me to keep working hard and don’t let the recruiting process get to my head. Just keep working hard and get better.”

Davis, who was recently invited to tryout for the 2011-2012 USA Basketball Developmental National Team, is just beginning to sort through the recruiting process.

“I’m just taking it all in and trying to get every visit I can, see every school I can, see the different kinds of campuses,” he said.

As for a return trip to Bloomington, the Indiana staff invited the Warren Central sophomore to return on October 15 for Hoosier Hysteria, but he’s not yet sure he’ll attend.

“They invited me,” Davis said. “I don’t know yet, I’ll have to talk to my Dad.”

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  • WMR

    Off topic, but IU got on the front page on Rivals.com. but not for anything good.

    http://collegebasketball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1133632

  • Diesel

    I guess we need to define underachieving for them. Ugly, hard to watch, outmatched, decimated, inexperienced = yes x 5. But underachieving? Wouldn’t that go to the season UNC had?

  • Yogi Kelin Zeller

    I think we are in good shape for Davis, he very well could be the prize recruit for 2013.

  • Anonymous

    These writers are off base on the whole premise of the question. How can you underachieve when you eliminate the entire team and have to start from scratch? Does anyone honestly expect us to be back in a post season tourney the first year? Ludicrous. Say what you want about the past couple of years but these guys are destined to eat their words when we win 18 games this season.

    And obviously they are not paying attention to what we are doing in terms of recruiting. The 2009 class is excellent but has only one year together. And we have potentially the best class in the NCAA for 2012 and 2014. There will be a few deep postseason runs with these groups. Count on it.

    Maybe I’m a little moody after the football loss and the Colts today but as I said they are about to eat their words in the very near future.

  • Casey B.

    I understand your point, but to be fair, I think they’re talking about the program as a whole — not specifically the kids on the team or Coach Crean.

    They’re saying that, as one of the most historically prestigious programs of all time, Indiana has underachieved — that Indiana shouldn’t be in a situation where it’s hiring Kelvin Sampsons, getting in hot water with the NCAA, and essentially being forced into a situation in which consecutive 20-loss seasons are even possible.

    And to that point, I completely agree. Kelvin Sampson was not the type of coach we should’ve hired, and we payed dearly for it. Mike Davis’ retention as head coach was based largely on emotion. Bob Knight’s firing — justifiable or not — was handled poorly. Since that point in time, early NCAA tourney exits, bad losses and disappointment have been much more commonplace than the abundant success basketball fans expect from IU.

    Their opinions are much more a reflection of past administrations and individuals responsible for steering the program — not on Crean’s coaching ability or the effort of the current team. I just don’t think they articulated that very well.

    But think about it — remove the past two seasons from consideration, and IU HAD been underachieving on a whole. Off the top of my head, I recall a loss to Indiana State, a couple of seasons where we didn’t make the tournament, first and second round tournament losses, a buzzer-beater loss to Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament, and a game in which we amassed 13 points in an entire half against UCLA.

    That’s just off the top of my head. Those things shouldn’t happen within an elite NCAA basketball program. I love IU — but I’m willing to admit that our stock has taken a hit in the past decade or so. Now as far as the future of the program? I have nothing but positive things to say.

  • Outoftheloop

    Kelin, is that based on anything or just a gut feeling? Hope it proves to be correct.

  • IUgraduate

    Sooner or later, I hope all the players who visited yesterday hold a press conference to announce their commitment together, saying “We are Hoosiers!”

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