HD Video: Devin Davis adidas Spring Classic highlights

With a nagging back injury that hampered him last spring and summer no longer an issue, 2013 commit Devin Davis showed off the athleticism and versatility that made him an early recruiting priority for the Hoosiers over the weekend at the adidas Spring Clasic. Davis and the Eric Gordon All-Stars advanced to the semifinals of the Super Group bracket before falling to Luke Fischer and the Wisconsin Swing.

We’ve compiled close to a minute and a half of high definition quality video of Davis from the event, which is available in the embedded media player below:

  • jahhoosier

    Tom Crean’s eye for talent is almost freakish. Davis has the chance to be just a wonderful college wing. He’s athletic but plays physically. He can score in a variety of ways but has good court savvy.

    I hope, as IU’s stature increases in the next few years, that neither Coach Crean nor the fans forget how successfully he recruits players a little farther down in the rankings. His comment the other day concerned me a little in that regard. Elite ranked high school players can be great but they can also cause problems. The rankings also under-value a lot of the skills that Indiana kids have developed like kids from no other state, the skills that Devin shows in bunches in the video.

    The way Coach Crean has recruited over the last three years has gotten IU to the point that it is quite likely to be ranked #1 going into the season. He doesn’t need to change what he is doing or who he is going after. It seems to be working just fine.

    Larger concerns aside, as for the video itself, I think my favorite parts of this video are when Devin tries to steal the inbounds pass after the second play that is shown (~10 second mark) and the little fake he gives before driving at around the 37 second mark. I also loved the play at the 1:15 mark when he seemed to be driving into trouble near the top of the key but was really dribbling to create the right angle for the dump-off inside. He’s going to be a good one.

  • Daburns0

    He sort of reminds me of a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.  Very athletic and gets to the rim.  He is not as dominating and is not as tall, but he could come around to be that type of player.  Especially in a year or so.  I thought MKG was the best player on UK this year, but AD was just the freak and changed the game.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    He’s got a quick first step. The fake at 0:37 was brilliant.

  • HoosierHawz

    He reminds me of AJ Moye.  Strong can get to rim.  Plays good defence and can play post or gaurd.

  • HoosierHawz

    He reminds me of AJ Moye.  Strong can get to rim.  Plays good defence and can play post or gaurd.

  • MillaRed

    Has a great B1G frame, and moves around very well with it. We’re gonna like him.

    This Brandon Wood story is hilarious. I could not have written this stuff. Partying with his dad? Good grief.

  • yes

    This is funny because I remember just a couple years ago people saying how awful his recruiting was. Granted, these people had very little knowledge of basketball, but still, funny.

    But every time I see this kid play I like him more. He is a jumper away from being a featured scorer at the next level. At worst, he’s a wing that plays great D, rebounds, and dunks on the break. At best, he could be our leading scorer. Seems like a low risk high reward recruit.

  • HoosierDadE

    Haha, I just read the link Milla…

    Couldn’t stop laughing.  Love how he played the “don’t you know who I am” card.  Uhh, yes Brandon I do and no you aren’t the best player at Michigan State.  His name was Draymond.

  • Geoff_85

    You know it’s a good recruiting video that compiles one event when you talk about your favorite parts and it’s less than a minute and a half long lol. What comment are you talking about that concerned you?

  • jahhoosier

    Talking about two different things.

    I like Devin Davis, and well beyond this video.

    The comment I was referring to was in Coach Crean’s press conference last week, where he discussed a change in recruiting strategy, albeit in that appealingly ambiguous way that Coach Crean discusses anything.

  • Geoff_85

    OMG I just read it. Haha my goodness, what he did to that girl isn’t funny, but pretty much everything else is.

  • DarkSouth

    “…appealingly ambiguous…”

    Hilarious, I’m going to start using that in casual conversation.

    Reminds me of when people (myself included) were debating what constitutes a deflection was after a Crean comment in a press conference last season.   

  • VerdellJonesIV

    If this video is any indicator, Devin has an extremely high basketball IQ. With all the scoring threats IU will have the next couple years, Devin is exactly what we need. I love watching a player who stays inside his game. I don’t know how many times in that video he read his defender and just simply took advantage of him. He is also very smart about where he is putting the ball under the rim. He was using the rim and his body (excellent strength btw) to shield the ball when going up. With that kind of bball IQ around the rim, it’s no wonder he is an excellent offensive rebounder.

  • VerdellJonesIV

    If this video is any indicator, Devin has an extremely high basketball IQ. With all the scoring threats IU will have the next couple years, Devin is exactly what we need. I love watching a player who stays inside his game. I don’t know how many times in that video he read his defender and just simply took advantage of him. He is also very smart about where he is putting the ball under the rim. He was using the rim and his body (excellent strength btw) to shield the ball when going up. With that kind of bball IQ around the rim, it’s no wonder he is an excellent offensive rebounder.

  • cheeseman18

    agreed! He has reminded me of Moye ever since I saw the first video of him. 

  • Geoff_85

    Hopefully you’re not being defensive in your reply to my comment because I’m with you on Devin Davis, and yes I realize you were talking about a different video when you talked about a Coach Crean comment that concerned you. I was just wondering what that comment was. Thanks for letting me know. I remember him saying that and I’m probably less concerned about it than most are. He has given me plenty of reason to trust what he’s doing. Not saying that you don’t trust him, I’m just saying that because of my trust the change in recruiting doesn’t worry me.

  • Geoff_85

    Hopefully you’re not being defensive in your reply to my comment because I’m with you on Devin Davis, and yes I realize you were talking about a different video when you talked about a Coach Crean comment that concerned you. I was just wondering what that comment was. Thanks for letting me know. I remember him saying that and I’m probably less concerned about it than most are. He has given me plenty of reason to trust what he’s doing. Not saying that you don’t trust him, I’m just saying that because of my trust the change in recruiting doesn’t worry me.

  • millzy32

    I know so many people on this site loved Moye and because he was a hoosier I did too but this kid looks way better than Moye.

  • marcusgresham

    You know who probably doesn’t love Moye?  Carlos Boozer, that’s who.

  • jahhoosier

    Yes, I seethed about it all that night.

    Just kidding…didn’t mean to come off as defensive.

    I trust him, too, partly because there’s no sense obsessing over something negative when you’re just a fan, partly because anybody outside a situation can never really know what’s going on, and partly because I think he’s a heck of a head coach.

    It does hint at an interesting dynamic that no one has talked about sufficiently…not fans and not the media…and that is “now what?”

    When any organization finally reaches the mountaintop, it has to change. Being at the top is different than getting there. However, there is no guarantee of making the right changes.

    Last week’s press conference was our first taste of how Coach Crean approaches his charge as head coach of an IU program that is truly back. I thought just about everything he said and how he said it was just about perfect.

    The lone exception was that comment about recruiting. I trust him but I’d hate to see him change that part of his strategy too much. If we were in any state but Indiana, I might say differently. Luckily, we are in Indiana and the high school talent is too extraordinary to deviate much from how he’s approached things so far.

  • cheeseman18

    true, he is more skilled than Moye. But his playing style, energy and activity all over the court is similar to him.

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