2016 forward De’Ron Davis makes changes to his game

  • 04/29/2015 8:36 am in

INDIANAPOLIS — De’Ron Davis is done taking a back seat.

As the 6-foot-10 class of 2016 forward is in the midst of his final AAU season with Colorado Hawks, the rising senior said on Saturday from the adidas Gauntlet in Best Choice Fieldhouse that he has made one major adjustment to his game.

He’s trying to be more aggressive on the court.

“I’ve been trying to show everybody I’m being aggressive this year,” Davis told reporters. “Last year, I took a sideline to a couple players, so I’m trying to come out and be aggressive.”

Throughout 2015 — well before the AAU season started — Davis made that change in his game a priority. Playing in his junior season at Overland (Colo.) High School, the No. 31 rated prospect in the class of 2016 according to the 247 Composite had to adjust his game en route to a state title.

He averaged 16.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game and scored 15 points with 16 rebounds in Overland’s first-ever state title. But as he recalled on Saturday, that didn’t come easy.

“High school, especially in Colorado, they tend to double-team and triple-team a lot, and even quadruple-team,” Davis said. “So just playing without my teammates, trusting my teammates, that’s a big thing for me.”

That same belief has translated into this year’s AAU circuit, as the level of Davis’s competition has improved. No longer is he allowing himself to relax on the court and he acknowledged he wanted to be more aggressive during games.

“I wouldn’t say it’s natural,” Davis said. “I’m just trying to change my ways.”

And colleges have taken note of that change. Davis said Texas and VCU recently extended scholarship offers. He also said he has been hearing from UConn, Arizona, Colorado, Arkansas, UCLA and Notre Dame. Indiana is right in the mix, too.

Davis said that former Indiana associate head coach Steve McClain was his lead recruiter, and that changed once McClain left for the head coaching job at Illinois-Chicago. But, Davis noted, current Indiana assistant Chuck Martin has started to develop a relationship with him.

And he said he has heard from all of the Hoosiers’ coaches — especially as they had a staff member observe each of his games during this past weekend in Indianapolis. Davis even had the chance to talk with Indiana class of 2015 commitment Thomas Bryant, who was at the event on Saturday.

“I talked to him a little bit, but it’s mostly Martin,” Davis said. “Because I had a good relationship with the coach that left and he’s just trying to fill that role.”

But Davis said he’s not in any rush to make a college decision. He doesn’t even plan to begin cutting his list until the beginning of his high school season. And when he does, he will be looking at schools that have a history of developing its players, he said.

That still is a ways away, though. For now, Davis said he will continue to hear from colleges. And continue to make a more conscious effort to be a force on the court.

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  • HoosierStuckInKY

    What are the chances that Thomas Bryant gets the vacant coaching position? Judging from the last couple of articles, the kid appears to be recruiting as hard as the coaches.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    That’s a good point.
    You have to love a kid who is so at ease with his choice that he has made himself at home and invited his friends over for a friendly game!

  • sarge

    You can see that fundamentals are a big part of his game. He has a little bit of everything that makes for a productive PF. He looks strong too, like all the other 2016 recruits IU is after.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Seems like it was not too long ago that most prospects had committed to a school before their Senior season of high school began….it now seems like most of the guys we are after are nowhere close to a decision and don’t have any plans to make one before their high school seasons begin. I’m not sure this is the case and I’m not saying there’s one right way to handle a recruitment but it seems like a fairly recent change…just an observation.

    Anyway, De’Ron Davis has been a longtime target for IU and he seems like really good fit for our current system. Everything I’ve read about Davis in the past indicated that Steve McClain was pretty close to him and I think losing McClain to UIC is going to end up being a damaging blow to our recruitment of Davis…who knows though, as Davis said, this recruitment is a long ways from over.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I think that the late decision making by top recruits is a result of the one/done rule. Kids want to wait and see who they will be playing with, how they may fit in with the other players, etc. So when you have high roster turnover like pUKe, or for that matter IU, then you want to wait & see….. Meaning no decisions until late in their senior years.

  • TomJameson

    Your first observation is something I was thinking about as well. I was wondering if the higher ratings of the players had anything to do with it. You know, the higher rated players have more offers from better programs, so they take their time with accepting any of them to see how what the better fit is closer to their coming out. Just a thought.

  • inLinE6

    It’s always great to have a current player or recruit work on other targets. Some seems to work, but mostly not. Otherwise Thomas Bryant himself would’ve followed Richardson to Cuse.

  • marcusgresham

    At least waiting cuts down on the de-commits.
    It really sucks to be counting on your little joey grow up and come play only to watch him crawl out of your pouch and into a greasy one.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I also like the implication TB makes by recruiting future players…he will be with us for more than one year. It’s nice to have a good recruit be humble enough to know that it will take more than one year to sharpen his skills, mature as a young adult, and become truly NBA ready. And in a completely selfish way, it’s nice to know there will a 6’10” threat in the post for a couple years.

  • Kyl470

    I agree that players are taking the wait and see who is still there approach. Everyone praised UK last year for how deep they were and how the players sacrificed playing time to play with each other. Personally I think that was a load of bull. All there freshman this year committed early and didn’t wait to see who was staying and going. Guys like Lyles, Booker, Towns and all of UK’s other elite freshman thought that other UK guys were going pro. Had they known they were going to stay they probably would have gone elsewhere for more playing time.

  • Drew

    That being said. I hope TC recruits a back up plan in case TB does leave after his freshmen year. Many of us thought Noah was staying at least 2 years as well. If the NBA comes knocking, it’ll be hard for him to turn it down.

  • SCHoosier

    If he is now 6-10 this kid will be a target for all the elite programs by the time his senior season starts. IU was in early..but ..once again..pulling a kid across the mountains will take some doing.

  • SilentBob

    Long arms and isn’t afraid of contact… Me likes this. His mechanics, decision making, and spacing in these highlights make him seem quicker than he really is. I don’t think our staff would have to teach him a whole heck of a lot. Hopefully we can recover from the McClain departure and land him.