2016-2017 Player Profile: De’Ron Davis

  • 10/19/2016 8:03 am in

With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’re taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster this month. Today, we continue our look at Indiana’s roster with De’Ron Davis.

Indiana ran a marathon in its recruitment of four-star forward De’Ron Davis and won the race.

The Hoosiers began tracking Davis as a freshman at Overland High School when he was ranked as one of the nation’s top five players. And even when Davis slipped in the national rankings, the IU staff was still there as other schools tapered off.

“He was able to build a relationship with them through adversity,” Danny Fisher, Overland’s coach, told Inside the Hall this summer. “When you have an opportunity to do that, it’s real.”

Indiana’s persistence with Davis paid off last November when the Hoosiers won his commitment after it appeared Mississippi State may swoop in and nab him at the last minute. Davis cited his long standing relationship with the Indiana coaching staff as the primary reason behind his decision.

“They knew what kind of player I was, they knew what I could bring to the program,” Davis explained. “Family always sticks together and I’m a big family guy. That really stood out to me.”

As a senior at Overland, Davis led Overland to a second straight Class 5A state title. He finished his prep career with 442 blocked shots.

He didn’t arrive in Bloomington until late August as he worked to finish up academic requirements in Colorado, but Davis should immediately find himself in IU’s rotation.

At 6-foot-10, Davis could back up Thomas Bryant or play alongside him at times, depending on the opponent.

“He’s been great. Always willing to learn, asks questions and listens,” Bryant said last week at Big Ten media day. “He listens when we tell him he needs to do something. He tries, he works very hard.”

Assuming he’s 100 percent healthy – a wrist injury in the spring and an Achilles injury this fall are two setbacks he’s had to deal with – Davis is a player that should continue to improve as the season moves along.

Despite the injury to Collin Hartman, the Hoosiers have some depth up front with Bryant, Juwan Morgan and OG Anunoby, which should allow Davis to come along at a comfortable pace.

Bottom Line: Davis was an important recruit for Indiana for several reasons. Indiana put a ton of time into him going all the way back to his freshman year of high school, when then-assistant coach Steve McClain began laying the ground work. While he wasn’t ultimately a five-star recruit, he has a chance to be a difference maker. He’s got excellent footwork and fundamentals for a player his size, but will need to improve his explosiveness and athleticism. Indiana’s defense should benefit from having Davis around the rim as he’s an above average shot blocker and rebounder.

Quotable: “I think at the end of his freshman year, midway through his freshman year, we’re going to see a completely different player. He’s truly going to see what he’s capable of. It’s going to make everybody go back and look at those rankings and say ‘how did we miss on this kid?’ Because De’Ron is a kid who gets better through adversity and when he’s challenged.” – Fisher on Davis and how he expects him to develop this season.

Previously: Devonte Green, Grant Gelon, Curtis Jones

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  • N71

    If De’Ron evolves like OG or Victor, holly crap. I love it when we have the luxury to ease a guy in versus the forged by fire approach we used with Yogi. It turned out but I think its better for everyone when we can go slow like we did with OG, Victor, and Will.

  • Sghoosier

    I hope he gets in shape soonish. Looked a bit round and puffed during the training thingy on BTN.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    I don’t know about looking “round and puffed”, but he seemed to be huffing and puffing after doing the 5 on 0 drill. Just conditioning is all. He’ll be fine.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    I remember watching his announcement and when everyone hollered “Indiana” and when they all cheered I got the biggest smile on my face. I just watched it again and got the same feeling. Very Cool moment!

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    DD better be ready to lace em up against KU. he’s gonna get some run!! interested to see all the new players in game action. GO HOOSIERS!1

  • inLinE6

    I wonder if there happened to be lots of Hoosier fans there or people around him would like to see him come to Indiana.

  • TomJameson

    Yeah, he “tweaked” his ankle. Always better safe than sorry, so on comes the boot. Not worried about it since TB tweeted about it himself.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Yeah, I’m not worried either,…just could have done without the mini stroke when I saw it…

  • SCHoosier

    Man every time we get new information about a player there’s another injury he had or has to go with it. DD was obviously not in as good of shape as his team mates in the BTN practice. That was to be expected. I see him as a force come conference time.

  • “the training thingy.” Heh.

    I actually agree with your take on DD there. He looked more lumbering than spritely. But all the freshmen looked a quarter-step behind most others, in my view. If he doesn’t get in better shape (or his injuries heal, or whatever) asap, he might be a foul magnet on defense.

    Also, I think they call those training thing-ies “practices.”

  • same here.

  • both

  • I think that phrase, “a force come conference time” will apply to the entire team. I’m trying to keep my expectations low for the beginning of the season given the number of health issues that remain to be worked out. I think a lineup of TB, DD, OG, JBJ, and RJ will be very, very difficult to score against, and I can’t wait to see everyone healthy and clicking.

  • I’ll admit to a few chills myself. 🙂

  • And TB tweeted in his typical, open, huge-hearted manner. He knows we’ll freak out, and you could tell from his tweets that he genuinely didn’t want to worry us.

  • bleeding crimson

    SC & Mark…..spot on way to many health issues to start the season but wait and see all of the comments on the thread about how we suck out of the gate due to such. So many short memories on this site. Let’s just get it out of the way now, we won’t be as good as projected until conference rolls around. So hand tight guys and ENJOY the ride, it will be a roller coaster.

  • Agreed, 100%. And I’m going to do my best to ignore all the noise, as difficult as that might be.

  • John D Murphy

    He looked fine when he swatted TB. He won’t play that many minutes at a time at the beginning of the season anyway. I think he’ll be a big defensive asset for us by mid-year. If he can do that and scrap some put-backs, his contribution will be large.

  • Outoftheloop

    Put JM in for DD and I am with you! DD, JN, CJ, and DG make for a very talented immediately available bench with FMcS and GG growing for later. Did anyone else see TP as an actual player for IU this season in the scrimmage? I did. Then get Collin back and IU IS Final Four material! The 2 new Walk-ons: McR and JJ look good too.

  • Definitely, just how much we’ll miss CH will be a wildcard this season. I think we’ll miss him the most early, while some of the new kids get their feet wet. And his leadership from the bench will be huge regardless.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    His confidence in the reason he wanted to go to Indiana was awesome!

  • Chappy Dan

    TP was draining his 3’s in that training thingy!