Davis continues to work on jump shot

INDIANAPOLIS — Colin Hartman drove the lane, and got off an off-balanced floater. Just as the ball was rolling off the rim, Devin Davis — Hartman’s teammate — grabbed it with one hand and slammed it down.

It was just a pool play game at the Adidas Invitational, but plays like that are the ones IU fans could get used to seeing when both Hartman and Davis arrive in Bloomington together next year. Both Hartman and Davis play AAU ball together with the Eric Gordon Central Stars.

As usual, Davis’ remarkable athleticism was on display when he took the floor on Wednesday.

But Davis also showed signs of an improved jump shot — something he’s been working on ever since he committed to play for the Hoosiers.

The 6-6 Davis hit a pull-up shot from the elbow in the opening minutes of a game against the Memphis Magic, and he looked comfortable doing it. Davis finished with nine points, six rebounds, and three blocks.

The majority of Davis’ shot attempts still came inside the line, but it was clear he’s worked to extend his shooting consistency in recent months.

“The jump shot is pretty good,” Davis said afterward. “I still have to improve more off the dribble, and even set shots.

“IU wants me to work on becoming an all-around player, becoming more versatile, just with rebounding, and every part of the game.”

While he’s still got another high school season to play, Davis said he gets more excited about his commitment to IU every day.

He said he’s never thought twice about his decision.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Davis said. “I went down [to Bloomington] a couple times, and you really feel how much you gotta get better, and how much Coach Crean and his staff is into winning.”

  • inLinE6

    Hartman has to work hard to get back to the level when he got offered. With the current performance he won’t see much play time at Bloomington.

  • Arch_Puddington

    I attended today’s game that included Hartmann and Davis on one side and Vonleh on the other. Sat at midcourt, just a few feet from the floor and close enough to hear the coaches and players speaking.  Some thoughts: 

    – Davis will be a valuable role player. As you would expect, he was active and energetic, and made a couple of really athletic plays. Defensively he is even better than I might have guessed. He guarded Vonleh one-on-one at times, both inside and outside, and did really well. Twice at the end of the game, with his team up 3, Davis was given the task of stopping Vonleh by himself, and both times he succeeded. Offensively he is limited. He is awkward with the ball in his hands, and can neither dribble nor pass particularly well. He can score, though, through put-backs and transition plays. If he can improve the technical parts of his game, he could be really good. 

    – Hartmannn, surprisingly, played the role of screen-setter, rebounder, and banger. Given his reputation as an outside shooter (not to mention his slight frame), I was somewhat surprised to see how ruggedly he was asked to play. Defensively he is a bit better than I might have guessed, although the team was often in a zone while he was in. He is just mobile enough and just long enough to cause some problems, and he is surprisingly active on the boards. Offensively he was a non-factor. He took one outside shot, which he missed, and other than that was clearly not meant to look to shoot or score. I had hoped to see more, especially after the most recent video, but athletically he is just not quite as gifted as the top level Big Ten players. 

    – Vonleh was really interesting to watch. His skill level is amazing. He handles the ball like a point guard, runs the floor like a wing, and rebounds like a forward. He also clearly has attitude/maturity problems. He openly pouted and sulked throughout the game, and early on, before anything especially controversial had happened, got a technical for slamming the ball into the ground . His coach did not help; he was a hostile, screaming presence throughout the game, even going so far as to call his players names. (He called Vonleh a “baby”, for example). Vonleh did not respond well to the abuse, and sat out a couple of times as a result. If he can get his head right, though, he is a major talent, with a game that would remind you of Glenn Robninson. He wont stay long wherever he goes. 

    – One final note: Watching Zak Irvin play for Michigan is going to be painful. He is really, really good. 

  • 888

    Davis is an undervalued player IMO. Hes got a similar game to Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist in my eyes and by the time hes a junior at IU could be just as good and important to us. PUKe would not have been half the team they was without him. Hope he keeps working on that jumper because if he gets it down hes gonna be a force. CTC will develop him to an All-BIG type of player. Hartman is turning into a bit of a disappointment. Why has he not gotten any better? I think CTC can get the best out of him though. I just wonder if hell play much at IU. He better be a sniper Or he may ride alotof pine. I think Butler would have been perfect for him unless an education is the most important thing in which IU is clearly perfect. Graduate in three years then walk on if needed.

  • 888

    Davis is an undervalued player IMO. Hes got a similar game to Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist in my eyes and by the time hes a junior at IU could be just as good and important to us. PUKe would not have been half the team they was without him. Hope he keeps working on that jumper because if he gets it down hes gonna be a force. CTC will develop him to an All-BIG type of player. Hartman is turning into a bit of a disappointment. Why has he not gotten any better? I think CTC can get the best out of him though. I just wonder if hell play much at IU. He better be a sniper Or he may ride alotof pine. I think Butler would have been perfect for him unless an education is the most important thing in which IU is clearly perfect. Graduate in three years then walk on if needed.

  • 888

    Im getting a funny feeling that Vonleh is ours. He wants an education and he was impressed that IU players graduate in 3 years. 2014 may end up being our greatest recruiting class ever. We start getting top 10 guys natonally and mix them with guys from Indiana and were a dynasty. Go CTC and IU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • N71

    Thank you for sharing, content like this is GREATLY appreciated.

  • LiveIUBBall

    The put back sounded great, but I sure hope getting used to a Hartman miss and Davis put back isn’t the type of play we get used to seeing in Bloomington in a couple years.

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