Devin Davis expected to return to school next semester

  • 12/18/2014 9:36 pm in

Indiana sophomore forward Devin Davis, who continues to rehab following an accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury, is expected to return to school next semester according to Hoosiers coach Tom Crean.

In an interview on Thursday afternoon on the Dan Dakich Show on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis, Crean said that Davis, who was struck by a car driven by Emmitt Holt back in the early morning hours of Nov. 1, should be enrolled for the spring semester that begins on Jan. 12.

“At what duration and classes wise, that still remains to be seen,” Crean said. “He’s still very much in the healing process and he’s going to be in the healing process. I know how much he misses it and he’s been through an awful lot trying to respond to this.

“There’s really not a lot he can do when you’re dealing with the brain. He’s just trying to do everything he can possibly do, but at the same time, it’s truly about the healing for his brain.”

Davis, who averaged 2.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game as a freshman, has been at several IU games in recent weeks and has joined the team on the floor during huddles.

Crean said that there is a waiver process that the program will go through with Davis, who has been unable to attend classes since the accident.

“The good news for him is that he was in a very good spot academically in his first year and first two summers here and had credits banked,” Crean explained. “We’re still in the process of that, so for me to even go down the line and say what will count, what will be dropped and what will be incomplete, we’re still going through that because of the severity of the situation.”

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  • Great news! Can’t wait to see you back Devin!

  • VAHoosier

    This is great to hear, especially after so long without any definitive news on how Devin’s doing. What a terrific step!

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    Tough, tough kid.
    His return should help Emmitt mentally as well…………it couldn’t hurt anyway.
    I remember being in a similar situation, and when our injured team mate came back, we felt stronger, like we were finally all together.
    I wish the same for this band of Hoosiers.

  • Bk39

    Really great news!

  • marcusgresham

    I would think getting back into class and using the brain would be therapy in and of itself.
    I remember seeing a quote a few weeks ago that said they hope he can get a redshirt. I can’t imagine any reason he wouldn’t qualify for a medical redshirt other than the fact that he is appealing to the senses of the NCAAholes.

  • marcusgresham

    OK, the subject I know, but this “Mt. Rushmore of Indiana basketball,” reference I saw…is that Indiana in general or just IU? My list is greatly different for the two.

  • ForeverIU

    Crean has already said he qualifies and that they will decide by the end of the year (calendar year).

  • HoosierHuckleberry

    Since it’s being touted by the Big Ten Network, it’s my understanding that it’s going to be strictly for IU BB & FB.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Awesome news! Can’t wait to see this guy fighting for rebounds again.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Good news. Keep moving forward.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Damn good news. Now let’s hope for a complete recovery and a monster season in 2015-2016.

  • ‘Nuff_Said

    Emphasis on the 2015-2016 season. I really wish people would stop pushing for his return this season and have him blow a year of eligibility.

  • What great news. Davis is a tough kid. I’m happy to hear his recovery is heading in the right direction.

    It is going to be a tough decision if he should come and play. On one hand, I’m sure he wants to come back and play. IU could really use him this year. There is a NEED for Davis.

    On the other hand, due to it being a brain injury,its hard to believe it’s in his best interest to bang around in big ten basketball especially being somewhat undersized to begin with. If an opponent were to deliver an elbow to Davis the results could be devistating.

    I’m sure it will come down to the doctors opinion. In the mean time I wish him and his family the absolute best.

  • marcusgresham

    There’s no reason whatsoever to bring him back this year. Whether he’s healthy enough or not, (and I can’t imagine he is at this point,) his physical conditioning would be nowhere near where it needs to be and like you said, he shouldn’t have to burn a year of eligibility for just a couple of months of diminished play.
    If IU were a favorite to contend for a national championship and Devin himself decided he would be willing to give up a full year for the chance to be a contributing member of that then I’d say let him, but there’s no other reason.
    I kind of like the thought of him being a grizzled 23 year-old veteran senior in a couple of years. He may never make an NBA roster, but I think by that point he could have a physique and a game that a lot of other B1G coaches would be tired of seeing.

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  • ForeverIU

    And add to that that he wouldn’t be sitting idle if he redshirts since he could be part of practices (in a limited way of course, and only if he is able and willing). I assume reshirts can practice with the team, right?

  • esapata

    “…it couldn’t hurt anyway.”

    IDK about that. Emmitt may beat himself over it if Devin is clearly not the same. Facing Devin in person every day may be very hard for him. Then again, he seems to respond well enough to it when Devin is at the games.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    That’s a side I didn’t think about.