De’Ron Davis leads Overland to Tarkanian Classic title

  • 12/21/2015 9:58 am in

It was a statement weekend for De’Ron Davis and his Overland (Colo.) High School basketball teammates.

The 6-foot-9 forward, who signed a National Letter of Intent last month with Indiana, led Overland to the Tarkanian Classic platinum championship in Las Vegas by winning four games in four days.

Overland, ranked No. 1 in Colorado, beat Long Beach Poly (Calif.), Dillard (Fla.), Bingham (Utah) and Bishop Gorman (Nev.) on its way to the title.

In the championship game against Bishop Gorman, Davis scored the winning basket with four seconds left to lift his team to a 58-56 win. He finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots in a head-to-head matchup with Gorman’s Zach Collins, a Gonzaga recruit ranked No. 64 nationally by the 247Composite.

Overland coach Danny Fisher said Davis has shown steady improvement through the first seven games of his senior season, but is really making his mark defensively.

“He was averaging five or six blocks per game, probably four steals and he took at least one charge per game,” Fisher said. “The piece that he’s really added is that it is very difficult for opposing big men to score one-on-one against him. We don’t help him at all no matter who it is. He blocks a lot of shots. He stays on his feet really well.”

With defenses keying on Davis, Fisher said he’s challenged his big man to read defenses more efficiently as he prepares for his freshman season in Bloomington.

“He’s so unselfish. He’s really come to enjoy the challenge of reading double and triple teams and knowing where those are coming from,” Fisher explained. “A lot of times in the past he would make the pass that made the pass for the bucket, but now he’s reading so well, he’s making that assist directly.”

In the event’s semifinals, Davis had 16 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks and four steals as Overland beat Bingham (Utah) 64-55. Bingham features Yoeli Childs, a 6-foot-7 BYU recruit. Childs is ranked No. 184 nationally by the 247Composite.

Fisher said the matchups Davis had with both Childs and Collins were a lot of fun to watch.

“Yoeli is amazing. He and De’Ron had a nice matchup,” Fisher said. “De’Ron kind of dominated him in the post and Yoeli stepped out and made some 3s and jumpshots. He couldn’t do much in the post. De’Ron kept him out of there and made him ineffective.

“There was a point in the matchup (with Collins) where five straight possessions on each end where De’Ron scored on three of them, Zach scored on four of them and De’Ron assisted on two of them. It was just unbelievable watching those two go back and forth.”

Overland is now 7-0 and is off until January 5.

“What I hear De’Ron and the senior talking about is continuing their dominance and not letting themselves fall off after this tournament,” Fisher said. “They want to challenge themselves to be good against everybody.”

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  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    Okay let’s disagree then. Bryant will not be with us next year. Some people on here are right: mock drafts mean nothing. But my intuition means everything. Very few people thought Vonleh would leave earlier in his season with us.

  • IUfanforever

    BAB…lol…your right on one issue… let’s disagree. Bryant is not no where near where Noah was at. Bryant would be a mid to late 2nd rounder at best. His stock rises significantly after his Sophomore year to 1st round lottery.

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    Your expertise versus my intuition. Check in with me at season’s end and bring that roll of money.

  • Lance76

    We could use DRD this year to balance a high low attack from the PU bigs. Awareness and movement around basket with and without the ball is impressive.

  • bleeding crimson

    I don’t see Blackmon going anywhere unless his D improves greatly, Bryant could stay one more year unless he just blows up in the B1G. And we have a great core including R Johnson at the point and you also have OG and Morgan as forwards and a really good class coming in. More importantly who wants to become IU’s next coach only to MAYBE being run off after 4 years.
    I you remember correly, Coach Pitino was at L’ville in 2001 and almost ran out we he didn’t go to the Dance, the fans were ready to get rid of him and he won it all just a few years later after 10 plus years…so enough talk about CTC until if and when it happens….it may only run off current and future recruits.

  • Bill Graham

    There are already several funds in place and some still being raised for his buyout. I’ve never been an extremist with this but I’m tired of seeing us lose games when we could have called a timeout and adjusted or adjusted our defensive scheme. Or heck even run some kind of offense besides a 4 man motion. Hoosiers expect championships not a good run to the round of 32 or maybe the sweet 16 . CTC will go sooner or later. And I for one, am willing to sacrifice a couple rebuilding years for the greater good.

  • IUfanforever

    Your a legend in your own mind! He is going nowhere…averaging 5 rebounds a game will not cut it for the NBA teams to make him a high draft pick. See you in April/May.

  • SilentBob

    Didn’t say all players came from the hood. But in today’s America roughly 27 percent of black Americans live in poverty. In a sport that has been dominated by black Americans then you can bet on a pretty good number of them come from poor neighborhoods. Also, I’m no sociologist, but I’d bet there is also a factor of poor education (compared to middle class and higher) and other sociological factors leaving many poor kids in general to look at sports and music as there only way out. Which also plays into your comment about the nest egg. Yes that would be true if they’re minds were fully developed and they had received instruction in basic life skills like financing. However with this teach the test, fail the test, and get your funding slashed culture we live in a lot of these basic life skills are going untaught to the kids who need it most (kids from poverty). Side note every young guy has a “crew” whether their neighborhood ended with “manor” or if it ended with “projects.”

    Next, just because the ratings are high doesn’t mean the best product is being put out. It’s that kind of thinking that holds society back. I made a lengthy reply about this to another guy on this article. Don’t wish to write it again.

    No the NBA itself isn’t best for development right now as compared to the NCAA. it’s the first time these kids have been away from home and the routine college can give you can be a stabilizing force and help young immature kids understand responsibility. Yes in the NBA you have great coaches, top notch facilities, and all the time you want to work on your game. But nobody is going to hold their hand. Also only like half the teams have a d league affiliate and most rarely use them for their most coveted prospects. You need to be able to play to see the results of your hard work. I know if I was getting into fitness but couldn’t see the results of my hard work for a year or two I probably would be in it very long.

    Finally no it’s not unfair. Again this is a company (which again is what I’m most concerned about) and companies are allowed to make requirements for jobs. Just like the military does, teaching positions, maintenance positions, and nearly other field has requirements can and should be able to make their requirements stiff. If they wanna go play pro ball in Europe then by all means go do it. I’m not trying to take away their freedom. I’m trying to encourage the NBA to make the best product.

    Also yea I know plenty about artists first contracts, but again they can choose where they want to go to develop those skills. Lots of competition amongst record labels. And honestly art is a completely different game and you really can’t compare them. That’s honestly even the same within sports. NFL has their system and it works for them, but t wouldn’t fully work best for the NBA. MLB has their system and it could be a heck of a lot better. But just because something works, doesn’t mean it can’t work better.

  • SilentBob

    It can also close a lot of opputunities as the fame that comes along with just getting drafted can make it difficult to reintegrate back into “normal” society. Also not being a mature kid getting a lot of money can result in some unsavory behavior that people may not want to be associated with. And one thing with that artist mention is a lot of artists too are getting signed at too young of age and are making poor decisions when signing their contracts. Or even worse their parents are making that decision for them.

  • cooper

    Let’s not compare Pitino and Crean. Huge difference in resume. The “great core” won’t have the talent this current team has so, no I don’t think they have a chance to win next year unless some surprise recruit comes.

    Finally, I’m not going to watch what I say because of what an 18 yr old may think. I couldnt care less. If a recruit picks a school based on message boards, good luck in life

  • cooper

    You take quite a leap that he may run info unsavory behavior. Then again, have you seen the behavior of the players on the team already?

    You’re right the NBA can decide and it has decided. So who are you, I or anyone to tell a player not to do it?

    I think anyone who wants to make a decision and knows the risks should be allowed. He knows there is a risk he fails. If he does fail then so be it. People of all ages and education levels succeed or fail everyday in all kinds of professions.

  • Koko

    It seems to you TB is injury prone? It doesn’t appear to me he is playing with any injuries. Where did you get the idea he is injury prone?

  • SilentBob

    I’m not talking about Bryant or anyone else specifically. So it’s not much of a leap at all. But speaking of issues off the court, it’s better to try to get those evened out as much as possible when you’re in college. Again nobody will hold his hand like Crean will or how Izzo would. And again that allows the NBA yet another opportunity to identify people who may not be suited to represent them.

    Again I’m not telling him what he can and can’t do. Doesn’t mean it still may not be the best idea. I won’t think any less of him if he decided to leave. I still like Noah, the person, even if I thought his decision to leave early was a bad one. And just because people fail and succeed all the time doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to help make the most successes possible.

    Yea Thomas know the risks, but that doesn’t mean he understands them. He is 19. Of course he is going to bet on himself. When I was 19 I would bet on myself in a fight against a guy twice my size just because of my darn ego. Then again maybe Bryant is the exception.

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    He has been struggling with injury all season. It’s good to be blissfully ignorant sometimes. I envy you.

  • SilentBob

    But really it all comes down to this to me. If I was a major league club I wouldn’t promote a minor leaguer if he isn’t getting past four innings and is allowing 2 base runners per inning in the minor leagues. I don’t care if he has a 100 mph fastball. And at the end of the day, even if people don’t want to admit it, the NCAA is the NBA minor leagues. If you’re not dominating in the minors then it isn’t time to be promoted to the majors

  • Koko

    CTC’s dismissal is inevitable? Really? Now if we do poorly in the B10 and not make the tournament I might agree with you. But if we do well in the B10 and make a decent run in the tournament he isn’t going anywhere. Your willingness to break up a team and go through a rebuilding process makes no sense to me. Why not be smart about it. If Crean will eventually be leaving then man up the team with a good assistant coach first. Keep the team together and then see where we go from there. I would rather keep our current team together with the new guys coming in than throw in the towel because of a low tolerance of the ugly to great spectrum….whatever that means. Let’s see how it goes in Wisconsin.

  • Koko

    “There are already several funds in place and some still being raised for his buyout”
    Well that sounds very interesting but also very general in nature. Possibly you could be more specific. What funds are you talking about exactly? Who are the people in charge of these funds? And what is it about these funds for his buyout that hold sway with the IU athletic dept. and Glass? Or for that matter what is it about these funds that holds any sway with any decision makers at the University?

  • Koko

    The “greater good” for who? You? The fans? The bball program at IU? How about the greater good for the current players on the team? How many on the current team feel a two year rebuilding process would be the greatest good for them? What about the current group who have committed to the program….what is the greatest good for the team if they cancel their commitment? Or the guys who are currently being requited….what is the greatest good for our team if they decide to go elsewhere? It appears to me you are willing to throw the baby out with the bath water for the greatest good of you.

  • b_side

    Relax. The team is undersigned by one scholarship. That doesn’t include early NBA departures either.

    You’re aware Purdue and Butler have transfers too, right?

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    I agree about Bryant. I hope he blows up in B1G, but I believe he has a lot to learn. Sometimes he plays small and needs to learn to adjust against some of the bigs he will face in the B1G.

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    Pitino and Crean, huge difference in integrity and values. No use at all for Pitino, he is what is wrong with college basketball these days.

  • Koko

    No need to envy me. I’m very familiar with people who enjoy making condescending comments towards others. Possibly you can come down off your perch long enough to tell me what his injuries are? Or do you know?

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    You want condescension. Here’s condescension:

    “It seems to you TB is injury prone? It doesn’t appear to me he is playing with any injuries. Where did you get the idea he is injury prone?”

    Maybe you could find out for yourself and we’ll have a second opinion.

  • cooper

    Sure but that wasn’t the point of the question. We were talking apples and you’re bringing up oranges. The point was Pitino has earned the chance to have a bad year or two given his W/L track record and tournament track record.

    Creans track record is one great year with Wade and a bunch of underachieving years after.

  • Koko

    Okay now that we have gotten our condescending comments out of the way. Since you brought up the prone to injury subject would you please tell me what are the injuries TB is prone to? Or direct me to something in writing that discusses TB’s injury problems?

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    He has had an injury in his foot or leg. Crean mentioned it more than once in his pre-games, and he is constantly in a boot. ITH articles probably mentioned it as well, not sure.

  • IUfanforever

    Bill…you are absolutely right CTC will eventually be leaving…not at the end of this season unless there is a total collapse? It would only be after the end of the 2016-2017 season in which would be the best time to buy out his contract financially and realistically. I for one do not think that CTC is the best Coach…but he is a good person and has had a lot to overcome with this program. The collapse of IU with championships started with Knight….and only became worse with the hiring of Davis and then Sampson. CTC has had to endure a lot (really a catastrophe) but much is expected from this program. IU’s favorite son will come home in 2017-2018 season to be the new coach. I feel your passion for IU…and I hope you know mine is the same…so we will have to endure a little longer.

  • Koko

    Thank you.

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    Peace!

  • Bill Graham

    Your not looking at the context of my post in regards to the first post. I could specifically list the funds in place to buy CTC out…but my point was not to say that these funds will dismiss him but rather to demonstrate that there is a very large percentage of Hoosier Nation upset with our current state. Furthermore, judging by your posts, you’re implying that you are ok with his coaching methods?

  • Koko

    Thank you for answer Bill. I get your point now. And no I am not okay with Crean’s coaching methods. The team we have is good enough to compete with most anyone if the defense was made simple and effective. Right Now I don’t see Crean doing that. I think Crean can leave without the possibility of breaking up our current group of players or risk losing our future commitments to the program. A two year rebuild can be avoided if done correctly. My suggestion of bringing in a good assistance coach is one idea. It might make his leaving a smoother cycle with the team intact. Hey I’m getting old…..I can’t wait forever….:)