Davis, Jones to play in Derby Festival Basketball Classic

  • 04/05/2016 11:59 am in

Class of 2016 Indiana signees De’Ron Davis and Curtis Jones will play in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall in Louisville on Friday, April 15.

Teams have not been finalized, but the duo will participate in the basketball classic as well as the Night of Future Stars on Thursday, April 14 at New Albany High School.

Basketball Classic tickets are available at TicketMaster locations or ticketmaster.com, by phone (800-745-3000) or the Freedom Hall box office (502-367-5144).

Other future Big Ten players participating in the game include Derek Funderburk (Ohio State) and Micah Thomas (Maryland). Full rosters are available after the jump.

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  • BL

    Hope CUJO and DD begin building some good chemistry as did TB/OG/JM.

  • mckillio

    Fingers crossed they get to play on the same team. How are teams usually split up?

  • Hoosier Hall

    Isn’t Terrance Ferguson a top 15 recruit? Also, didn’t we offer Gordon a scholarship?

  • inLinE6

    Why do other commits not play in this game? Were they not invited?

  • sarge

    Interesting list of names here. Calipari for Kentucky, Funderburk for Ohio St. and several other guys who used to be Indiana recruits. Indiana is represented really well again in this competition this year. I agree with BL when he said he hopes the chemistry starts to develop with CUJO and DD right here. Hoosiers!

  • Green is playing in the Jordan Brand Regional game. Gelon I assume wasn’t invited.

  • inLinE6

    Thanks Alex. I thought there was no conflict with Jordan Brand game and players are able to play both (TB?). Poor Gelon… Is he the first IU signee in recent years not playing in the Derby and not due to event conflict? Wow. I know Priller and April didn’t play because they didn’t commit by then.

  • marcusgresham

    If memory serves me correctly, I think they usually try not to split up guys from the three local schools (keep the IU guys together, keep the U of L guys together, keep the UK guys together.)

  • PocketHoosier

    Apparently not related to Lawrence Funderburke. (Notice the spelling difference)

    …my guess is a distant relation cuz how the hell many “Funderburk” families could there be in Ohio; not exactly a “Smith.”

  • PocketHoosier

    I just noticed the UNLV signing in that list. …how far does one’s prospects have to fall to voluntarily sign on to attend to that dumpster fire??

    Tragic

  • IUBizmark

    Please stay away from the dorms! It’s well known there are hookers prowling about in the hallways!

  • BL

    Alex, are you able to observe IU offseason workouts or obtain information on developmental goals for individual players? Personally, I’d love to learn about OG’s routine.

  • b_side

    In fairness, Jaylen committed before the dumpster fire.

    But I’m as shocked as you that he hasn’t asked to reopen his commitment post fire.

  • marcusgresham

    I must have missed something–what happened at UNLV?

  • marcusgresham

    It starts with changing clothes in a phone booth.

  • BL

    That’s obvious 🙂

  • sarge

    I thought the same thing when I first heard the name. They almost have to be related in some way. Surprised he didn’t commit to Indiana and then go to Ohio St.

  • sarge

    They fired their coach about a dozen games into the season. I sure am glad that wasn’t what Indiana did. There was probably more pressure on CTC at the time too.

  • sarge

    Awesome

  • CreamandCrimson

    We did offer Gordon a scholarship (although the offer came a couple of years ago) but I do not believe IU has been actively recruiting him for quite some time. Gordon stopped growing (6’2″ is maybe even a bit generous) and he has never shown the ability to be a distributing/ball handling point guard so he’d be an undersized and not all that explosively athletic 2-guard. I’ve heard from people in the Indy area that he is only seriously considering Butler and Seton Hall at this point (although Memphis and Nevada are still recruiting him).

  • Dereck Johnson

    Alex, a family friend told me that IU is really high on D.Green. obviously they offered him. However I’m hearing he’s actually a true pg & not just being put there bc of his height. This is the same person who told me not to worry about Morgan & OG’s rankings. He’s really high on Davis & Jones, but said Green could be the next under recruited gem. He raves about his passing, ball handling & shooting abilities. I’m curious what you think. A lot of our fans have said he’s more of a 2guard but in a pg’s body.

  • Dereck Johnson

    Yea but coach Cal’s kid is a walk on right? Did he have any decent offers?

  • Hoosier Brews62

    I went to last year’s Derby City Classic and our boys were on the same team. I hope to go to this year’s game as well being I’m right across the river from Louisville

  • Fifer39

    He came to IU then didn’t he? Not heard much about how that went or even how long it lasted?

  • marcusgresham

    Don’t most schools give free tuition to employee’s children? If so, even if he were scholarship-quality it would seem the smart thing to do to give that scholarship to another player (or in Calipari’s world, give it to four other players since none of them will use it more than a semester-and-a-half at a time.)

  • marcusgresham

    Ah, forgot about that. I was thinking something recent had happened.

  • IURob1997

    Exactly probably a way to play for his dad but mostly get a free ride to school because he’s an employee like you said.

  • IURob1997

    I’ve gone to the last several back to the year Cody played and they have always kept all the IU, UK, and UL players together by their commitments. I saw “The Movement” year and they were all together other than Yogi who wasn’t here.

  • PocketHoosier

    So Goodluck Okonoboh is transferring (announced it just after the season started), Daquan Cook was kicked off the team, they fired their coach, the AD that insists she be the one to hire his replacement has her own contract ending later this year, Stacey Augmon is making a power play for the vacancy, and they play bad basketball.