2016 forward De’Ron Davis remains high on IU

  • 07/18/2014 10:27 am in

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — During an interview on Thursday following a game at Battle at the Beach, 2016 power forward Aurora (Colo.) De’Ron Davis was asked which schools are recruiting him the hardest at the moment.

His face lit up.

The 6-foot-9, No. 22 prospect in his class rattled off a list of high-major programs that included Arizona, Louisville, Indiana, Kansas, UCLA, Duke and California.

“It’s pretty much all I can ask for,” he said. “I’m just taking it all in and enjoying it right now.”

Davis and the Colorado Hawks flew into Las Vegas on Thursday and drove five hours to Redondo Beach, making it just in time for a late-evening game against the Las Vegas Knicks.

And utilizing his physical advantage, Davis scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in front of Indiana associate head coach Tim Buckley and other college coaches for a 60-56 Hawks win.

“I’m always having a good time out there, but at the same time you’ve got to look at the big picture,” Davis said. “Like if I play a team without a big man, post up. But if I play a team bigger than me, I’ve got to show my outside game. It all depends, really.

“I just like helping my team and doing whatever I can to get the win.”

Plenty of other schools have taken notice of the five-star big man in recent weeks, too. In addition to the seven schools he mentioned, Colorado, Arkansas, Wake Forest and Purdue are other schools recruiting him hard, he said.

Davis said he speaks with Indiana about twice per week and that he enjoyed his visit to Bloomington earlier this summer. And to him, the Hoosiers are an attractive school as any, at the moment.

“Well the fact that they produce NBA players is the biggest thing,” Davis said. “I talked to (Je’Ney Jackson) and he turns boys into men. And my ultimate goal is to get to the NBA, and that’s what they do.”

But in the mean time, Davis said he is continuing to work his game — improving his motor, his ball-handing and his outside game.

Above all, though, he simply is enjoying his recruitment.

“It’s a blessing,” he said. “I’m just trying to take it all in.”

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  • IUfanPurduePhD

    “I’m pretty much all I can ask for” … Did he really say that or is “I’m” supposed to be”It’s”?

  • marcusgresham

    I know it was impossible to keep Coach Kenny at IU, but the athletic department needs to do whatever is necessary to make it certain that Je’Ney Jackson has no need to consider leaving. He’s such an asset to the program.

  • hardly

    i walk around the house all the time telling myself ‘I’m pretty much all I could ask for.’ Seems right to me. 🙂

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  • Gregory Spera

    2016 class is stacked. Does IU have any prospects playing in the Great American Shootout in Dallas this weekend? Was thinking of maybe catching some games.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Wasn’t trying to nitpick, but I’m glad it was a typo instead of megalomania.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I would be thrilled with any combination of De’Ron Davis and/or TJ Leaf. Both of them are highly coveted guys that seem like they would fit into our system really well. I have a feeling it’s going to be a while before we know anything about the 2016 class so it’s hard to get excited but at least we’re being considered by elite recruits.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Um, I do not recall us ever out-recruiting Kansas, Duke, UCLA, Arizona, and Louisville for a player . . . I hope he does well and achieves his goals.

  • Alford Bailey

    Why I approve of the high number of offers Crean throws out there. Odds say eventually we will land one of these guys.

  • b_side

    Cody, Yogi, Vonleh and JBJ – who didn’t we “out-recruit” to get these guys? You’re telling me Pitino and Self didn’t want Cody? That Coach K or Sean Miller wouldn’t want JBJ or Yogi? We already know JBJ chose us over UK. Just because those schools weren’t in their final lists doesn’t mean we didn’t “out-recruit” them.

  • HoosierGrampy

    If you had gone back and looked at IU’s “Wish List” of recruits in the past 3-4 years, you’d have seen that very few targeted 4-5 star recruits actually signed LOIs to play here. Those names of “near misses” by IU indicate that we have been out-recruited by some other school–but by the same reasoning so was ever other school which didn’t get the LOI. No one catches all the fish in the lake each year…but at least we didn’t come out empty-handed either.