2016 forward De’Ron Davis announces top three schools

  • 07/29/2015 5:07 pm in

Class of 2016 Overland (Colo.) forward De’Ron Davis, one of Indiana’s top recruiting targets, announced his top three schools on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.

The 6-foot-9 forward, a four-star prospect, tweeted that his top three schools are Arizona, Indiana and Texas.

In an interview with Scout.com, he broke down each of his finalists:

Arizona: “Coach Miller has seen me improve my body. He basically is telling me to work. On the phone he tells how much harder I need to work and I want a coach that pushes me to get better and that’s what sticks out about Arizona.”

Indiana: “They‘ve been there for a while. He came to one of my workouts I had here for chest day. He helped me with my spot. He coaches me now and I’m not at his school. I’m pretty sure he’d do the same thing if I was at his school.”

Texas: “Shaka [Smart] has been talking about the same thing IU has been talking about, development and running the break and being athletic. I really like how Shaka engages with his players. When they work, he works out at the same time. That really reminds me of high school. My high school coach does the same. That’s really stands out to me.”

Davis, the No. 41 player in his class according to the 247Composite, was tracked heavily by the Hoosier staff in July and took an unofficial visit to Bloomington last year.

As a junior at Overland, he averaged 16.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game and scored 15 points with 16 rebounds in the school’s first-ever state title.

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  • N71

    If his choice was based on the ladies he’s got a strong list. I thought Colorado was a threat due to location, based on this 3 I like our chances…I’d put them at 33%.

  • TomJameson

    Hahahaha … nice diplomatic answer. LOL

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I would love to see him in an Indiana uniform,

  • Tyler T

    This dude would be a beast. I hope we land him.

  • mckillio

    I’ll be sure to check out one of him games this year, maybe in my candy stripes.

  • OhioHoosier

    Definitely in the stripes!

  • IUBizmark

    De’Ron Davis is the key to this class. If we don’t land him, it could very likely be a repeat of the cycle of the past three seasons.
    Anyone know when he might decide?

  • marcusgresham

    He may not be the highest rated on IU’s list but he may be the most important because there aren’t many others his size. You can usually find a serviceable guard but if you target 6’9″+ guys you need to land them.

  • Gregory Spera

    Crean has been “all in” with this kid for over two years now. Would be a real gut punch to lose him. But, I would argue that LANDING Davis would be “a repeat of the cycle of the past three seasons.” Crean has been recruiting very well lately, IMHO.

  • IUBizmark

    Not sure I’m following, but I know this much…if we don’t land him and Bryant jumps early, like Vonleh, we’ll be in a real pickle. That’s all I was trying to say.
    Recruiting gets easier when you win. If we get De’Ron Davis, we’ll be able to win more games and land more recruits like him.

  • Mike Taylor

    Davis, Maker, Adkins, Brown…. That would be a dream recruiting class. 2016 is a pivotal year. Gotta land as many big men and big guards as possible.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Perfectly said.

  • SCHoosier

    So far so good..but AZ and TX are formidable competitors for this talent. First name basis with the Texas coach sort of bothered me..and its tough to get these guys out of the western area.. Keeping my fingers crossed..

  • Outoftheloop

    Very promising!

  • Dagwoods

    Unfortunately, we’re probably the farthest based on location.


    It’d be big to get this kid. Especially over a school like Arizona and Smarts new Texas.

  • Zach

    Sigh of relief we made it into the top 3. We’ve got some tough competition but it can’t be understated how pivotal Davis is to our 2016 class.

  • marcusgresham

    Alkins, not Adkins.

  • Kyler Staley

    Looks like he needs to put on more muscle. Hopefully we can land him.

  • inLinE6

    Why would calling Shaka “Shaka” bother you? I don’t remember any of Crean’s players ever called him “Tom”.

  • inLinE6

    If the dude knows he’s got picture taken there, he should’ve put that mouth guard back in his mouth…

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    dang i get excited about recruiting, especially considering we’ve got some marquee names we’re going after (scratch ibi watson from that list, but oh well). iu’s got a darn good chance to pull off a top 5 class in ’16 i think.

  • Dooteetime

    I hope we get this kid but for some reason I don’t have a good feeling after reading his comments on all 3 schools.

  • TomJameson

    I get excited about recruiting, but I don’t let myself get going too much over it. When the LOIs are signed, that’s when it gets real. It just seems that recruits change their minds more now-a-days. Now a verbal from a 2016 class may not be so bad because it is closer to signing day, but I just hate getting my heart broken by these top recruits.

  • Bill Graham

    Maybe Im reading into this too much but I don’t really think its good sign that he’s on a first name basis with Smart (he called him Shaka). I also don’t like that he said Shaka reminds him of his high school coach. Granted though Texas and Zona both just offered him in April and Alex predicted him in an IU jersey over a year ago (Crystal Ball 80%).

  • Bill Graham

    Agreed even players on the roster can fizzle out, transfer, pull a Tracy Abrams, or Eron Harris.

  • Bill Graham

    Agreed I’d like for us to go big with this class. Big guys have a better shot at leaving early (heck one of the best guards in the nation ‘Yogi was projected as a 2nd rounder at best…and a terrible big like Cauley Stein gets picked 6th). We have no idea how long TB will last (my guess is 2 seasons) still we should recruit bigs.

    Davis is a 4 though and we have depth at the 4. So I’d either like to see us to use him as both a 4/5 if we get him or sign another 5 with him.

  • kaponya44

    Exactly! I think ,correct me if I’m wrong , SC meant not liking it since it implies how much closer Davis might be to Smart when put into context with the remark about his H.S. coach being similar to him.

  • IUBizmark

    And Jerry Meyer just picked him for Zona. That’s unsettling.

  • inLinE6

    That’s what I meant. Many past players were very close to Crean (Wade, Oladipo, etc.) but I’ve heard none calling him “Tom”. So, not calling Crean “Tom” doesn’t mean a player not close to him. And honestly, I’d prefer players to call coach “coach”, at least in front of reporters.

  • Bill Graham

    Agreed. Miller has been a recruiting nightmare lately. Also im under the assumption that Meyer typically has inside info thats why he is usually right.

  • SCHoosier

    Correct amigo! 🙂

  • SCHoosier

    If you are a 4-5 star playing Rockies/ west..where else you gonna go? ..AZ is where its at right now for those regional kids.

  • Robert Golden

    Crean will get his big fish.

  • marcusgresham

    Maybe we’re reading to much into it. Possibly he told Davis, “Call Me Shaka.”
    A good friend I graduated high school with is an excellent high school coach (but middle school teacher and had most of her players as students at one point,) and they call her “Missy.” It sure isn’t because they don’t respect her and she is lax on them.

  • marcusgresham

    UCLA. Gonzaga. They both do pretty well recruiting frontcourt guys.