Spring Scouting: Devin Davis Jr.

Inside the Hall continues its series of scouting notes from the spring AAU circuit today with 2013 Indiana commitment Devin Davis Jr.

(PreviouslyJames Blackmon Jr.Trey LylesMark DonnalJaquan Lyle, Hanner Perea)

After watching the 2013 Warren Central and Eric Gordon All-Stars product at a variety of events this spring, here are our thoughts on the 6-foot-6, 200-pound forward out of Indianapolis:

– High motor: Davis is a player who brings energy and effort to the court each time he plays a game. He hustles for loose balls and rebounds constantly and is relentless in his pursuit of second chance points on the offensive glass. Davis always plays with intensity regardless of the venue, pace or significance of the game.

– Length and athleticism: Davis possesses a wingspan of 7-feet and is a good athlete who can finish above the rim in traffic. These physical attributes allow him to play and rebound “bigger” than his height would suggest. Davis’ length and athleticism also make him a formidable shot blocker.

– Smart passer: Not only is the 2013 forward a willing passer, but he’s also a smart one. Davis knows when to make the pass and can find teammates both out of the post, off the dribble or in transition.

– Coast-to-coast finisher: Davis is a great rebounder and when mixed with his solid handle on the ball, he’s a threat to grab a defensive rebound and take the ball the length of the court to finish. He has shown the ability to handle the ball well against pressure defense, as well as the ability to occasionally bring the ball up the court for his Eric Gordon AAU team.

– Undefined position: Davis has yet to clearly establish what his position will be at the collegiate level. He’s not quite bulky or tall enough to be a four, nor does he have the polish to play on the wing full time. Assuming he doesn’t grow any more, Davis’ future could be on the perimeter. He’s already a capable ball handler, but needs to continue to get better in that department and also improve his jump shot. If Davis’s future is at the four, he’ll have to add some bulk and work on his back to the basket scoring.

– AAU coach Matt Green on Davis: “Right now he’s one of those guys that can get you those extra hustle plays. He’s really good on the boards, a high-energy guy, a hard worker. He just brings another dimension to IU basketball that’s not there right now.”

Watch our complete spring video collection of Davis Jr. after the jump …

  • Casey B.

    I couldn’t care less what position he’ll play. There’s always room on the court for a player that works as hard as he does. And he’s got skill to boot.

  • Casey B.

    I couldn’t care less what position he’ll play. There’s always room on the court for a player that works as hard as he does. And he’s got skill to boot.

  • Casey B.

    I couldn’t care less what position he’ll play. There’s always room on the court for a player that works as hard as he does. And he’s got skill to boot.

  • RobD

    a Watford tweener perhaps? Discuss.

  • Tom McG

    Looks great in transition, saw some very solid passes and I love the way he follows the ball and gives the second effort.

  • GFDave

    We haven’t had too many long 6’6″ wing players to put on the court lately.  Glad to have him on board.

    I doubt if he’ll ever be a true power forward, but he could see action at the 4 spot.  Even Hulls has seen action there. 

  • GFDave

    We haven’t had too many long 6’6″ wing players to put on the court lately.  Glad to have him on board.

    I doubt if he’ll ever be a true power forward, but he could see action at the 4 spot.  Even Hulls has seen action there. 

  • Anonymous

    Devin Davis looks awesome.
    I can’t believe that Mike Fish interview….I almost feel sorry for the man at how much of a dead end he’s putting himself into….

  • Diesel

    Tweener in opposites.  Watford has the height and shot, but lacks the inside game and toughness.  Devin has the toughness and finishing ability, but lack height and an outside shot.

  • Anonymous

    I am glad people are supportive of Devin given his “lack of position”.  Albeit having a team full of such players wouldn’t be ideal, I don’t see any harm in having one or two on the roster; especially as one as good as Devin.

    He does a lot of things really well.  I am not saying he plays like Draymond Green (MSU) but he could play a similar role to Draymond on our team, which would be to provide a little bit of everything, intangibles, match-up problems, etc. 

    When it comes down to it Devin can play.  And play well.  I think he will mature into a good college basketball player and it appears as though he is the type of individual and player we are looking for.

    I like him for IU.  He will be a great compliment to Zeller, 2012 recruits and 2014 recruits.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • vslice

    He is going to be a tough kid.  Between Double D the “Buss” and Abell IU is going to have a trio of guys that will be the backbone of this team for years to come.  These guys remind of those players that you hated to play against, but loved if they were on your team.  I’m just so excited that IU basketball is finally back to relevance again, back to bringing in talent from INDIANA!!!!  I hope I never have to go through another drought like that in my life time.

    Casey, you couldn’t care less?? Or you COULD care less!!!!

  • vslice

    He is going to be a tough kid.  Between Double D the “Buss” and Abell IU is going to have a trio of guys that will be the backbone of this team for years to come.  These guys remind of those players that you hated to play against, but loved if they were on your team.  I’m just so excited that IU basketball is finally back to relevance again, back to bringing in talent from INDIANA!!!!  I hope I never have to go through another drought like that in my life time.

    Casey, you couldn’t care less?? Or you COULD care less!!!!

  • vslice

    The kid is a load!!!!!  Great shooting touch as well, but isn’t afraid to go inside.  Footwork is good, uses the glass….what’s not to like???

  • Anonymous

    That is a very good summary based on what I have seen as well.  His athleticism seems to stand out above virtually every other kid his age.  What will separate him is he is clearly a student of the game and he is able to use his basketball IQ to effectively be involved in the game at both ends of the court.  He will find a spot in the rotation whatever position he may end up at.  Regardless he will be an impact player for us early and certainly will be making some highlight plays.

    A little my mind wandering hypothetical: How fun would it be to have Davis Jr. and Hartmann play up with Indiana Elite?  Solves the small roster problem and play with future teammates.  Or perhaps Lyles and Blackmon Jr. play up a year with them next year?

  • Anonymous

    That is a very good summary based on what I have seen as well.  His athleticism seems to stand out above virtually every other kid his age.  What will separate him is he is clearly a student of the game and he is able to use his basketball IQ to effectively be involved in the game at both ends of the court.  He will find a spot in the rotation whatever position he may end up at.  Regardless he will be an impact player for us early and certainly will be making some highlight plays.

    A little my mind wandering hypothetical: How fun would it be to have Davis Jr. and Hartmann play up with Indiana Elite?  Solves the small roster problem and play with future teammates.  Or perhaps Lyles and Blackmon Jr. play up a year with them next year?

  • Anonymous

    That is a very good summary based on what I have seen as well.  His athleticism seems to stand out above virtually every other kid his age.  What will separate him is he is clearly a student of the game and he is able to use his basketball IQ to effectively be involved in the game at both ends of the court.  He will find a spot in the rotation whatever position he may end up at.  Regardless he will be an impact player for us early and certainly will be making some highlight plays.

    A little my mind wandering hypothetical: How fun would it be to have Davis Jr. and Hartmann play up with Indiana Elite?  Solves the small roster problem and play with future teammates.  Or perhaps Lyles and Blackmon Jr. play up a year with them next year?

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