Davis recaps official visit, looks ahead to senior season

Having already made his verbal commitment to the Hoosiers back in Nov. of 2010, Devin Davis used his official visit weekend to learn even more about where he’ll spend the next four years.

“It was probably one of the best weekends I’ve had going down to IU,” Davis told Inside the Hall on Tuesday evening. “They treated me well, they showed me around and what I’m going to be experiencing every day.”

Davis, a class of 2013 forward from Warren Central, was one of six recruits on official visits.

It was the third straight Hoosier Hysteria Davis attended. He said this year’s was much different than the previous two with IU being ranked preseason No. 1 and Assembly Hall being at capacity.

“It felt way different than last year or the year before that,” he said. “I feel like they knew there was going to be a lot of people there and sold out. They put on a show and showed what you’re going to see at IU.”

Getting a chance to watch practice was also an eye opening experience for the Warren Central senior.

“It starts being intense once they start stretching and that’s at the very beginning,” Davis said. “None of the coaches play around. They already know what’s expected and how hard they need to go and how better they need to get. I feel like in every practice they try to get better and they do get better.”

Three of Davis’ future teammates — Collin Hartman, Luke Fischer and Stanford Robinson — were also in Bloomington as were BeeJay Anya and Troy Williams.

Davis and Hartman have been friends and AAU teammates for several years, but he wasn’t as familiar with Fischer or Robinson prior to the weekend.

“At the start of the weekend, the only one I was really close to was Collin,” he said. “But I felt like as the weekend went on and we started to be around each other more, me, Luke and Stan got really close and got to know each other a lot better.”

He also used the weekend for some dialogue with Anya and Williams, who both have IU offers and are seriously considering the Hoosiers.

“BeeJay, Troy and I also built a strong relationship, especially me and BeeJay,” Davis said. “He said that no other college he’s been to treated him like IU treated him. So I think he really liked it. I think IU has a good chance with him and I feel the same way with Troy.”

Up next for Davis is his senior season at Warren Central, where he’s a strong candidate for Indiana All-Star accolades.

The Warriors, coached by former IU guard Greg Graham, will get a stiff test out of the gate on Nov. 30 when they host Hartman and Cathedral, who could be the preseason No. 1 team in the state. It’s a challenge Davis feels he is ready for.

“I think I’ve improved on being more of an all-around player, being more of a scorer and just being dominant (since the end of AAU),” he said. “I feel I’ve become a better leader also. Our high school team is getting our chemistry together, so I feel like we have a good chance to go to state.”

  • Shop7

    I think CTC can shape this kid into a real good ball player. He’s got all the athletic ability, just needs some coaching. That combination has worked well so far.

  • ChiTownHoosier

    Who, as of the pre-season, is considered to be among the front runners for Mr. Basketball in Indiana?

  • ChiTownHoosier

    Who, as of the pre-season, is considered to be among the front runners for Mr. Basketball in Indiana?

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Demetrius Jackson, Bryson Scott, Zak Irvin, V.J. Beachem and Davis could all be considered candidates.

  • TJ91

    It has to be Demetrius Jackson from Marian or Zak Irvin from HSE. If they put up very similar numbers, I would say Jackson gets the edge because he will be rewarded by some voters for staying in state (going to ND), whereas Irvin is going to Michigan. Can’t see Davis having much of a chance unless he really breaks out as a scorer this year.

  • TJ91

    It has to be Demetrius Jackson from Marian or Zak Irvin from HSE. If they put up very similar numbers, I would say Jackson gets the edge because he will be rewarded by some voters for staying in state (going to ND), whereas Irvin is going to Michigan. Can’t see Davis having much of a chance unless he really breaks out as a scorer this year.

  • Hoosierfan88

    I would have to think Zak Irvin is the favorite right now, with D Jackson right on his heels. Bryson Scott has an outside chance while DD probably has an even further outside shot at it.

  • N71

    Davis has been playing hurt (back) for the last 2 years so if he’s healthy I think he has a really good chance at Mr. Basketball. He’ll carry a heavy load so he should have the stats needed. Hartman’s Cathedral team is too balanced for him to build the stats needed. Jalen Coleman for example will score a ton of points and have the ball in his hands a bunch. Jackson is obviously great so I certainly understand the case there. Irvin I think will have too much political opposition to overcome unless he really emerges from Gary Harris’ shadow. Therefore, Davis is my dark horse with no disrespect to Bryson or Beachem.

  • Kris

    Besides the fact that Greg Graham is his coach, one of the reasons I’m a huge fan of Devin Davis is because he’s from Indianapolis. In the past, present and the future… IU needs Indiana kids on the team. Not just any Indiana kids, but talented kids who could also choose to play for other top-name programs – we want them to stay in state if possible. Combine Indiana kids with other top players from all over the USA (we’re starting to own the DC area), that’s a recipe for consistent success.

  • MillaRed

    I think this is the perfect situation for Devin. He will be pushed by a lot of talent around him. He will need to earn his minutes and I expect that to happen with consistency by his SO year.

  • Jethro Troll

    Where the kids are committed has absolutely no bearing on who wins Mr. Indiana. Harris beat out Yogi in a reasonably close race last year, and he’s headed to MSU as we all know.

  • ChiTownHoosier

    I have not had the ability to actually see many of these recruits so, despite having read extensively about each, I am not too familiar with Davis’ athletic ability. Is he someone that can fits into an Oladipo type under recruited/highly athletic mold?

  • Jethro Troll

    He’s not on par with Oladipo’s athleticism, but few are. Davis is going to be a really good collegiate bball player. The kid is relentless, and his best attribute is he always looks to attack the basket, and he’s able to finish very well in traffic.
    In this way he’s like Oladipo. He’s a hidden gem heading to Bloomington.

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    I think Davis fits well with Crean’s hurry up style . I don’t know as much about Hartman , but i wonder how well he will do . Hartman and Etherington I still have my concerns about . I hope I’m wrong ,

  • spiderman0551

    Davis is athletic but not like Vic. Davis plays his butt off, non stop pushing the ball and attacking the basket. Good rebounder too, handles the ball decent. Just basically repeating what Jethro Troll said but he’s right. He’s going to be a real nice player, especially when he hits the weights, I think he could be a monster to deal with, with his body type.

  • spiderman0551

    Davis is athletic but not like Vic. Davis plays his butt off, non stop pushing the ball and attacking the basket. Good rebounder too, handles the ball decent. Just basically repeating what Jethro Troll said but he’s right. He’s going to be a real nice player, especially when he hits the weights, I think he could be a monster to deal with, with his body type.

  • MillaRed

    Hearing he rebounds very well for his size and has a high motor. Mr. Intangible kinda dude. More like Sheehey than Oladipo.

  • IUFAN87

    He might not be VO type of player but CTC will have this kid playing fast basketball and bringing out his best. That is the best attribute CTC brings is getting kids that will fit his style and put them in the right spots at the right time to make them look a lot better then they are. One player I like to point out is Elston this kid had very little talent but before last year I thought he was going to dominate becuase how CTC had him playing his Sophmore year. If something would have went wrong with CZ (think god it didnt) he would have.

  • IUFAN87

    He might not be VO type of player but CTC will have this kid playing fast basketball and bringing out his best. That is the best attribute CTC brings is getting kids that will fit his style and put them in the right spots at the right time to make them look a lot better then they are. One player I like to point out is Elston this kid had very little talent but before last year I thought he was going to dominate becuase how CTC had him playing his Sophmore year. If something would have went wrong with CZ (think god it didnt) he would have.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    It is so important these days to have almost your entire recruiting class familiar with another and tight as a group by the time they roll into campus. As a group this allows them to share in success early on as taking the next step in life together. Much love to these guys and here is an early thank you to them. With that said they. need to finish high school strong and dream about bringing us banner number 7!

  • stevetodd73

    Reminds me of AJ Moye but he is bigger with more offensive ability at this point.

  • SCHoosier

    Defense, rebounding, good in t he open court..this kid will be an energy guy like VO and WS..shooters we have…Davis will get IU rollin’ when they need it.

  • marcusgresham

    You really believe that?
    1988 Indiana Mr. Basketball–Woody Austin. Did anyone on the planet think he was better than Shawn Kemp? Obviously Kemp’s children didn’t have a vote or he’d have won by a landslide.

  • marcusgresham

    I haven’t seen him either, but I almost get a Jerome Lane feel when I hear people describe him.

  • Andrew

    Jared Jeffries over Zach Randolph is a better example. Especially since Randolph dominated Jeffries in the 4-A title game that season.

  • marcusgresham

    Yeah, that’s another one but at least Jeffries had NBA talent. Austin probably left Mackey and joined a YMCA league.

  • chip

    when seeing them play this summer, i felt he and zak are the two players that stood out on the junior all-star team. while i was aware devin was an IU commit, i’d never seen him play. and, so, it came as a pleasant surprise – when reading the game program – to discover that he was one of the more impressive players on the court.

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