Crean: “There’s certainly no way” Devin Davis plays this season

  • 01/26/2015 11:32 am in

Indiana sophomore Devin Davis, who returned to school this semester after a traumatic brain injury in early November, will not play this season.

On the ESPNU college basketball podcast this morning with Andy Katz and Seth Greenburg, IU coach Tom Crean said that Davis has returned to classes, but not on a full-time basis, and that the hope is that he’ll be fully recovered for next season.

“He’s got a lot of different things that he’s having to deal with and continuing to build his therapy,” Crean told Katz. “He’s making progress, the doctors say he’s making progress and his attitude is great. There’s certainly no way he’s going to play this year, obviously, but hopefully he’s going to have a full recovery and an even better understanding and maturity to be able to go next year.”

Davis had been living in Indianapolis until earlier this month since being transferred from IU Health Bloomington Hospital on Nov. 7 to an Indianapolis hospital following a serious accident in the early morning hours of Nov. 1 that also involved teammate Emmitt Holt.

The 6-foot-7 Warren Central product remained in an Indianapolis hospital until Nov. 19, when he was released to outpatient care.

Davis, who averaged 2.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game as a freshman, has been traveling with the team in recent weeks, attending practice and is sitting on the bench during games.

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  • Brklynhoosier

    Sorry to hear he won’t be back this year, but I’d rather he gets full healed up before we see him back on the court. Excited to hear he’s gradually on the mend…

  • Hoosier Hall

    Still no decision on the redshirt? I hope he gets to remain a sophomore next season. This kid could still be a standout player for us.

  • mckillio

    I’m glad to hear it if only so we don’t have to think about it any more. Do we have any details as to what the injury is affecting, either physically or mentally? And like Hoosier Hall asked, what’s the status on red shirting him?

  • Scott

    There’s no way that DD won’t be red-shirted, that would be a disservice to him and our program. I fully expect that the red-shirt status will come.

  • Kyl470

    I know a lot of people will comment about asking if the team will redshirt him which on the surface would make sense. However, they might not redshirt him because there still is the possibility that he may never play college basketball again. It’s great that he is walking and starting to attend classes again, but playing college sports is on a different level. For all we know he might be one elbow to the head away from being back in the ER. Basketball is completely secondary for Davis right now.

  • oldiugymnast

    I think that what you just heard was announcement of that decision. He should be eligible for a medical redshirt.

  • Real American

    I agree. The red shirt decision comes back to if he is able to compete. If he is able to compete, is it at a Big Ten level? Just from what is reported by Crean and IU, he has a long road ahead and much higher priorities than IU basketball right now.
    Unfortunately, there is the business side to this too. We are already oversigned by two for next year, so at least two people on the team have to go.
    Just wish him the best with his recovery.

  • Nimbi63

    Hope he recovers to the point where every Hoosier fan, and every teammate is demanding a red shirt.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Totally expected, but still disheartening. Would love to see him back on the court sooner.


    I would say that how he does once he starts to take on a full load, scholastically wise, will go a long way in what decisions are made and “how” those decisions are made. I know most, if not all of us, have seen the short clip of him dribbling the ball around the orange cones and the taking the shot, but there is so much more to complete recovery from any kind of serious brain injury than being able to take a few dribbles and hoist up a shot.

  • Outoftheloop

    We will love your return next season Devin! Keep up the very hard work of rehabilitation. God bless!

  • Outoftheloop

    You can’t apply until after the season ends and the B1G/ NCAA makes the decision.

  • TomJameson

    Unless there is something I don’t understand about red-shirting, I think it makes total sense to red-shirt DD. I don’t think any decision about him playing AFTER this season will be made until the off season (unless there are things we don’t know which could very well be). Your reasoning seems to be based on him not being able to compete at this level again. But if he recovers fully and CAN compete fully, then a red-shirt makes perfect sense. So on the chance that DD will be able to play, and compete fully next year, why not red-shirt him? Even if it turns out he can’t compete, why not red-shirt him? Now that is where I may be missing something … does it cost IU anything to red-shirt a player other than preserving a scholarship?

  • Kyl470

    I believe it was this summer IU announced that any scholarship athlete who plays for IU for at least two years will have four years of school covered. Meaning a guy like Zeller could come back and graduate and IU would pay for it. I would assume this would apply to a guy like Davis. Since he is still on the team this year it would be his second year with the program. So even if he can never play basketball again the university would cover his cost to attend school and IU’s basketball program wouldn’t use a scholarship on him. I’m sure Alex or someone could clarify if I am incorrect.

  • TomJameson

    Okay, that’s where you’re coming from. Really though, whether DD takes a redshirt for this year or not, he’s been here 2 years under scholarship and that ‘contract’ would still apply. IF he can never compete at this level again he would get his schooling paid for (which I think is great), but if he could compete then he would have more eligibility remaining whether he’s under scholarship or not. But I personally think that we’ll see DD again next year! At least I hope so because that means he’s had a complete recovery.

  • Blair McKee

    Thoughts and prayers.
    Redshirt for sure, then. That’s prolly for the best. Frankly, coming back from a major injury like this is always a dicey proposition. Anybody remember Bobby Hurley? More devastating accident for sure, but the point is the same: Most important thing is to get healthy. playing elite basketball comes after that.

  • Kyl470

    Also I don’t think they have to declare his redshirt now. If after his senior year assuming he is playing he could apply for a medical redshirt for this year that he will have missed. Again I could be wrong, but I believe IU could actually wait until then to declare this year a redshirt.

  • TomJameson

    That would be awesome. I thought they declared/requested a redshirt when the season is over, but didn’t know they could go retro that far back. Seriously, I just want the best for Devin. Health first and BB career next.