Montreal rewind: Devin Davis

  • 08/17/2014 2:49 pm in

Welcome to “Montreal rewind,” our player-by-player recap from Indiana’s five-game tour of Canada. Today: Devin Davis. Previously: Nick Zeisloft.

With the departure of Noah Vonleh to the NBA, Indiana lost arguably the best defensive rebounder in the Big Ten. At times, Vonleh could control the defensive boards on his own, but without him, much is going to be asked of both IU’s guards and frontcourt players this season when it comes to hitting the glass.

One of the guys who IU hopes can step up to fill some of the void is Devin Davis, who is expected to have a significant role in IU’s frontcourt as he enters his sophomore season. IU’s trip to Montreal gave us a first glimpse at the offseason progress made by the Indianapolis native.

He appears to have put on close to 10 pounds of muscle since last season and in five games in Canada, Davis put up solid numbers: 8 points (77.8 FG%), 7.6 rebounds, 1.4 turnovers, 1.2 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.6 steals in 21.4 minutes per game.

“Coach Crean talks to me about being consistent and going to the glass every time,” Davis explained after IU’s win over UQAM to close out the trip. “So I try to go every time and if the ball bounces my way, I do my best to come up with it.”

While Davis is unlikely to emerge as a featured scorer on an IU team with significant firepower in its backcourt, the Hoosiers do need him to finish the opportunities he is given, which happened often in Canada as he hit 14 of his 18 field goal attempts.

More than anything else, though, Tom Crean believes that consistency from Davis is something he hopes to find before the start of the season. In IU’s first game in Canada, Davis pulled down a team-high 16 rebounds, but grabbed just three in a loss to Ottawa two days later.

“I think he has worked hard at it (improvement), but there is a lot of room for him to work even harder and develop,” Crean said following IU’s win over McGill. “I thought tonight was his best game, offensively, although last night was his best game `intent-wise’. What he wants to erase is having 16 rebounds in 19 minutes the first night and then three rebounds in 22 minutes the next night. Those are the inconsistencies that he wants to erase.”

Like most of Indiana’s players who have come through the program since the arrival of Je’Ney Jackson, there’s a noticeable difference in Davis’ body since his arrival in Bloomington.

“I think that helps me a lot to be able to guard the post,” Davis said. “Coach Je’Ney Jackson has done a good job of keeping me conditioned so I can still switch onto some guards and versatile to guard both of them.”

Filed to:

  • HoosierFan76

    Let’s hope he can be Charles Barkley-lite (in more ways than one). That would be exactly what IU needs from him this season…undersized (short, anyway) PF crashing the glass and causing havoc in the open court.

  • Hoosier1158

    Devin needs to play like Montrezl Harell at U of L, DD is only an inch shorter. Montrezl is a beast.

  • Miamihoosier

    Love this guy. Love that he is willing to play whatever position the team needs… (pretty sure he wasn’t told on his official visit: “Devin we envision you as our starting power foward, and could even see you spelling the 5 spot in a few years”) …..on a side note, I just watched the last of Kentucky’s games in the Bahamas, and I am going to go out on a limb and say they will lose less than 3 games, and that an undefeated season is not out of the question. They do play Kansas, Carolina, Lousiville, and UCLA in the pre-conference, but they were subbing out 5 guys at a time like hockey lines, and they were getting better! If Cal has the guts to do that in the regular season, it will be a marvel to see, and if they can execute it, their opponents have no chance. I’ve seen so many great teams get knocked out because of foul trouble or injury to their star, that can’t happen to these guys.

  • SCHoosier

    He’ll no doubt get a chance to look the beast in the eye when IU plays UL in the Jimmy V classic.

  • Ole Man

    I think you are right. This is a team that could easily go undefeated. Scary as all get out! Hate it!

  • Dr Dave

    Barring a recruiting stunner from nowhere, I’m trying to get used to the idea that Devin spends more minutes at the five this year than he does at the four. Just looking at this year’s roster, gotta believe that covering 40 minutes at the five is Hanner and Devin splitting the time with a few minutes help from the new recruits. And Troy is this year’s stretch four, taking most of those minutes.

    Not claiming I’m a huge fan of this ‘unorthodox’ line-up, but it looks like the best way for this team to have a chance to win most games. Reminds me of one of the better mid-majors: not big enough to be consistent over an entire season or tournament, but a team that no one wants to play in a single game elimination.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Devin Davis has a very clear role and his biggest strength is going to have to help address one this team’s biggest weaknesses…rebounding (and post defense). I think he can contribute in other ways but this team doesn’t need for him to be a top-level scorer or a distributor/ball handler. As the article points out, and as Davis clearly knows, Davis’ value comes from his toughness and strength on the glass. I think a successful season for him will include:
    -Consistent rebounding.
    -Improvement in his ability to defend without fouling. Fouls were a problem for him last season but they didn’t appear to be in Canada…let’s hope that issue has been solved.
    -6-8 very efficient points per game.

    I love his game and I think he takes a big step forward this season.

  • Outoftheloop

    Devin Davis is a PLAYER! He is good. He deserves 20 minutes +/game on the floor. He should have played more minutes last season, but that is water under the bridge.

  • Outoftheloop

    Playing Devin at the #4 is where he excels. Playing him at the #5 is a disservice to Devin and to the team. We have two players to play the #5: Hanner and Jeremiah! Now that is not to say that for some minutes, in some games, IU may go with no #5 on the floor, playing a #4 and 4 other guards/wings.

  • Outoftheloop

    Many kids who believe that they are NBA ready on the KY roster will average 10 minutes or less on the floor this year. As Lee found out last season, that won’t justify a first round draft position. So they will have to attend classes in the spring semester and NOT buy that car!

  • Outoftheloop

    He reminds me of Dawson at MSU.

  • Outoftheloop

    Sir Charles was a truly unique athlete! Not another one around.


    I don’t think ” buy ” is a word that is in their personal vocabulary.

  • skotchie

    Ahhhh, they stink. Sarcasium, actually Fla will be good again this year hopefully they can get’em once.

  • HoosierFan76

    That’s for sure. I didn’t mean that I expected him to be exactly like the Round Mound of Rebound, just that if he could play with that kind of edge and intensity it would go a long way for him, and for IU.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Just less of a showboat.