Class of 2016 forward De’Ron Davis commits to Indiana

  • 11/12/2015 5:18 pm in

Indiana’s top recruiting target in the class of 2016, Overland (Colo.) forward De’Ron Davis, committed to the Hoosiers today in a press conference at his high school.

Davis joins Crown Point guard Grant Gelon and Huntington Prep guard Curtis Jones in IU’s 2016 recruiting class.

The announcement came after more than a three-year recruitment of the four-star forward by the IU coaching staff, which offered Davis a scholarship in 2012. The 6-foot-9 forward, ranked the No. 38 player nationally by the 247Composite, was also considering Mississippi State.

IU’s aggressive pursuit, however, ultimately won out after Mississippi State gained significant ground in recent months.

“They had a vision that this kid would turn into an impact player for them,” Overland coach Danny Fisher told Inside the Hall. “And for them to make that commitment, they had to have that vision to make the commitment they made over a long period of time.

“The main factor was just the job that they did recruiting him. And then you pair that with Indiana University, you pair that with Bloomington, Indiana. You pair that with ‘The Hoosiers,’ it’s hard to ignore an option like Indiana.”

Indiana was the first school to offer Davis a scholarship, the first school that traveled to Colorado for an in-home visit and also his first official visit.

Ultimately, the IU staff was able to convince the highly touted forward that Bloomington was the best place for his long term development.

“He’s very confident that he can have an impact on both ends of the floor immediately,” Fisher said. “He’ll have some months to spend with those guys and with coach (Tom) Crean further honing in some of his skill set and also developing some things that aren’t completely a part of him yet.

“I think he knows that his physical development and how fast he becomes just a pure physical, athletic presence is going to decide just how much of a presence he has. The plan they have for him, the way they plan to use him, he knows he can step in pretty quickly and impact the team in a positive way.”

As a junior at Overland, Davis led the school to its first ever state title while averaging 16.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game. In the state championship game, he scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.

On the grassroots scene, Davis starred for the adidas sponsored Colorado Hawks program. In this year’s adidas Gauntlet circuit, he averaged 13.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

With the recruiting process behind him, Davis is ready to focus on his final season at Overland.

“He’s ready to move on to the next phase,” Fisher said. “I think he really learned how to respect this process. And even at times when he didn’t like it, he understood the necessity of all of it.

“He’s a good kid, he’s a mature kid, a loyal kid. He’s about team first. He’s about doing the right thing, making the right play, trying to do things the right way as often as possible. He brings a lot of high quality things to Indiana.”

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  • Ole Man

    Compete, yes..after some time in the system. He’ll still be coming back from injury. And he was only okay at Pitt when healthy there…
    But in another year….maybe. He’s a really solid pickup!

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  • Tyler T

    Props to entire coaching staff.

  • SCHoosier

    You bet..he will be the quickest and best ball handler we have next year..with or w/o Brown.

  • SCHoosier

    I think most of us think IU will not be able to sit at the same table of “UK Hold’em” given the ante and likely cards to be dealt during the process. U never know….I think our chances for Maker are better..altho still a long shot.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    Kaboom! I’m going to go buy a lottery ticket!

  • vanpastorman

    CiCi’s Pizza and Davis. What a Day!!!!!!!!!! Go IU!!!!!!!!!

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    Welcome De’Ron we here at Hoosier Nation are honored to have you here!

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I think he fits better within the IU style of play and will excel at IU

  • SilentBob

    Ecstatic to have this guy! Doesn’t have the eye popping NBA profile that people typically ooze over, but he is definitely one of the more all around skilled players we have brought in under Crean. And those are the recruits you really want to get in a year that can/ will have a lot of departures. One of our biggest problems in ’13-’14 was we brought in far too many athletes and not enough basketball players

  • inLinE6

    T.J. Leaf also committed today to UCLA. I remember back in the days we were trying hard to get a power forward from this loaded class and had a real shot in TJ as well. I guess we can’t get them all. Happy to snap De’Ron.

  • pcantidote

    Probably not, but will he be the first Hoosier player from Colorado? None leap to mind.

  • hardly

    Not sure if anyone else watched the live stream, but right at the end, shortly after he announced and right before they stopped the stream, he said ‘we need to hurry this up, I gotta go work out”

  • Ibleedred

    Congrats to De’Ron and IU basketball! Big get for Hoosier nation! Welcome aboard

  • I reverse jinxed us. You’re welcome.

  • Let’s get Thon Maker now

  • marcusgresham

    I’ve heard that, but my per diem from my job isn’t going to allow that to happen. lol

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Got it. Have a great night and what a wonderful day for IU basketball.

  • kaponya44

    Beeline to IU hat ..Puts it on ..Gives the final deathblow to debate over Crean’s ability to get serviceable bigs(Cody,Luke,Noah,Thomas,Juwan,OG,Max,now De’ron) to commit to IU…Well done Coach ! Good choice De’Ron! Welcome to the Hoosiers! Happy to have you in the stripes !

  • Jrod

    This kid can really ball step back shoot the three. Little pump fake and blow by the defender or pull up for 2. Nice spin moves and finishing with the left hand. Has nice moves with back to the basket. He looks very very good he will be a hard matchup for anyone.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    I recall the reverse jinx – It’s all you Archer! 🙂

  • TomJameson

    Most definitely agree!

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Quite a nice end to all that recruiting. And he’ll be a fine piece to add. IU’s frontcourt will be pretty durn nice next year. Add RoJo and possibly (IMO, likely) JBJ in their 3rd year, and the backcourt will be fine too.

    IU looks to have a good roster for the ’16 season.

  • twarrior87

    he’s 6’9, 230 lbs… how is that not an NBA profile?

  • sweetwilli

    The opportunity for growth is open De’Ron. Do not get caught up in the self destructive behavior of predecessors who went off course. Listen to Victor Oladipo and your future is bright.

  • sam

    Statement not necessary IMO… Let it go…

  • SilentBob

    You forgot the eye popping part I put in there. I think he can play at the next level, but it’ll take a lot of work and he probably won’t be a lottery pick ever. He has big man skills but is very undersized by NBA standard. He doesn’t have the athleticism or skills to be a stretch four, at least at this point.