Down 20 pounds, De’Ron Davis making “excellent” offseason progress

  • 07/12/2017 12:25 pm in

De’Ron Davis will have a new look to unveil to Indiana fans when he takes the floor in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall next fall.

The 6-foot-10 forward, who weighed 271 pounds at the beginning of the offseason, is down 20 pounds. He committed to spending the summer in Bloomington, a move that is paying off.

“Excellent progress,” Archie Miller said Tuesday. “He’s done a great job in the classroom. He’s done a great job in terms of when we first started we have to get a couple things done before we can start talking about basketball, and that was conditioning and his body. And he’s done a fantastic job there.”

Miller added that Davis is currently “right where he should be” in terms of the offseason plan that was talked about back in late April.

With the help of Clif Marshall, IU’s director of athletic performance for men’s basketball, Davis is reshaping his body this offseason. His teammates commented Tuesday that Davis is more agile and lighter on his feet. Miller said he’s moving and jumping “as good as he ever has.”

The transformation has come as a result of Davis changing his diet and also staying injury free.

“Been a lot of struggles, but in the long run it’s helped my body,” Davis said. “I feel good. I don’t have any injuries right now. I feel really good on the court, I feel light and explosive, and I’m just ready for the regular season to start.”

Davis said he hopes to play next season at a weight between 247 and 250 pounds. He played his senior season at Aurora High School at 245 pounds.

The improved diet for Davis has also rubbed off on teammates like Juwan Morgan, who said it wasn’t always a focus previously.

“A lot of us have made changes with him,” Morgan explained. “I know myself, I probably eat bad three out of the seven days a week. Then I saw what De’Ron was doing with his body and said, why not? And just joined along with him.”

As a freshman, Davis had the highest usage rate on the roster, but his minutes were limited because of the presence of Thomas Bryant, his conditioning and his inability to play without fouling.

According to Ken Pomeroy’s advanced statistics, Davis averaged seven fouls per 40 minutes last season. He acknowledged Tuesday that some of the fouls were a result of fatigue.

Davis also hopes that losing weight will help eliminate some of the smaller injuries that he battled as a freshman.

“I’m able to get up and down the court faster,” he said. “I’ve been working on my conditioning, trying to help me stay in games longer, play more minutes. It just makes me feel better. It takes away a lot of the injuries that I had last year. So me being 20 pounds lighter, those injuries — those little knickknack injuries, you don’t see too much.”

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  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i’m surprised there wasn’t more emphasis on diet (for the entire team) last season, or any season for that matter. regardless, seems like the new guy knows what he’s doing, taking a more studied approach. now if we can only make it to the start of the season without injuries i’ll be really impressed!

  • iubase

    I like the way DeRon is embracing this challenge. He is our highest ranked recruit on the team and Archie will have to lean on him if he is to have a successful first campaign. I also like the way Archie is handling and mentoring DeRon.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i’m a week or so late on hearing this, but has anybody discussed yogi’s closing down on the 22nd?? that’s truly a bummer!

    it’s the only bar i got into before turning 21, and it was a memorable evening indeed. my buddy almost got into a fight over a game of pool. later on, in walks pat knight and eric anderson acting about as cocky as two dudes could act. a few minutes after they left (they didn’t stay long), in walked ron felling, scanning the entire bar. funny stuff! wasn’t my favorite bloomington bar, but it will truly be missed.

  • HoosierHeel

    I wish Clif Marshall would make me a diet and exercise plan, dang! Clif Marshall is a beast. A+ hire by Miller it seems. I am optimistic all he is doing will result in the team staying healthier next season.

  • BannerOrBust

    Love to hear this. He’s going to play such a critical part of the team this year. We need him to be 110%. He is a beast, he was ranked #1 in ninth grade for a reason. Time to unleash the beast.

  • John D Murphy

    Agreed.

  • plane1972

    Beast mode coming on!

  • John D Murphy

    He’s going to be huge (reverse pun intended) for IU this year!

  • AndyCapp

    IMO, the only way we end up in the top half of the B1G is with DD having a breakout year and staying healthy. If we can keep the plurality injury free I really believe we are in top 4. Work some magic for us Clif!

  • Lance76

    DD had moments last year of great play. He seems to have the direction needed to be great. The leadership and support from Hartman & Morgan will help greatly.

  • Piker

    More facts please. Have not seen many overweight hoosiers and we have always praised the shape the team was in. Out ran everyone.

  • inLinE6

    Diet has always been a key part even with previous coaching staff. I remembered coach Buckley talked about the nutrition plan they had for Zeller to gain muscle. But ultimately it’s player’s decision to be serious or not. The consequence of bad diet shows more on some players but not all.

  • TomJameson

    I agree with this overall, but going to slow down on the top 4 part. I believe we’ll be in the top 5/6, which may sound like picking nits, but will get us to the NCAA.

    One thing I’ll emphasize is that this teams success will depend on quite a few factors. DD’s role is an important one for sure, and may be the biggest individual role to play. But the guards have to play well, the wings have to pick up the middle when DD is on the bench, the defense has to be learned and played with energy and purpose, and then the offense still has to produce enough points to win. That last part will hopefully be helped by cutting down on TO’s and getting more possessions.

    A lot of things have to come together to win, but I think they will, just going to take a bit of time. I think that by the time the B1G season gets here (early as that is), this team will be running fairly smooth, and we’ll see what we have by then.

  • Jeff Crowder

    Love it! Season can’t come fast enough.

  • Brent Kepner

    I’m an optimist by nature..but I have a gut feeling that this team is going to shock us all..because of A) Coaching B) Talent and Athleticism

  • millzy32

    Actually what surprises me the most is to hear that this wasn’t being done in the past. These are top level D1 athletes. They need to be doing everything possible to get that edge on the competition and diet is sometimes even more important than the actual workouts. Unfortunately as we all find out in time. Your diet becomes even more paramount as you age. Work out as much as you’d like and if you don’t eat correctly the results will not come. Bummer cuz I love food. Can you tell I’m trying to lose weight right now and it stinks?

  • millzy32

    Could it be that the emphasis was more on making the skinny guys beefier than making the beefy guys skinnier? I guess it works both ways. Funny thing is that other than DD and Thriller Priller everyone on the team is pretty ripped and has been a couple years.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    but based on JM’s comments it obviously wasn’t addressed enough, aside from weight gainloss goals that you mentioned. if JM feels better as a result of healthier diet, it’s bound to have a positive effect on the court (which includes avoiding illness andor injury). of course, i do agree that there’s no way the coaching staff can keep the players from sneaking a few moon pies into the dorm.

  • VOXAC30

    This team has a lot of talent if you look at ranking alone and it is probably not our starting 5.
    DD – 41
    RJ – 49
    JM – 110
    CJ – 74
    JS – 79

  • TomJameson

    I agree Brent, which is why I think IU will end up out-performing the middle-of-the-pack projections.

    BTW … I noticed it’s your first post. Keep it up!

  • dwdkc

    Where I disagree is because the B1G is really weak after the top 2 or 3, and I’m not really sold on anyone outside of MSU. That makes top 4 very attainable.

  • The Lights Go Down

    I have to also agree, but I think you also have to factor in a desire (and maybe an inner ‘fire’) to make up for the collapse of last season. A “Hey, that’s not us” mentality.

  • AndyCapp

    Thanks dwdkc, and even TomJ too. Good discourse on what I think is going to shake out to be a very interesting B1G season. I noted elsewhere that scheduling is the biggest x-factor at this point and with a healthy team, better coaching, weaker B1G, and help from the scheduling gods, I don’t feel like I’m really going out on a limb suggesting a top 4 finish.

  • TomJameson

    On the premium forum there were two arguments made, one for it being a down B1G and one for it getting better. I think both posters had great points and laid their cases out well. LOL

    Shows that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. 🙂

  • dwdkc

    Yes that’s always the case, but to me OleMan just made the case that 7 or 8 schools won’t be terrible, not that they’d be particularly good. Think back to 2013 when Cody and co. won the B1G over Trey Burke and the national runnerups, a typically tough MSU team, OSU with a couple of pros, Bo Ryan’s annoying Badgers. We are a LONG way from that kind of talent in the conference next year.

  • TomJameson

    I have to say, that’s a really good point about the schools not being terrible. Somebody else said they thought the 4-10 positions were really open, and I can get behind that to a degree. I think IU will be near the top of that list. I just can’t get rid of the feeling that they will be in the top five of the B1G this year, no matter how hard I try to compensate for my optimism. lol

  • Brent Kepner

    Iv’e been on here for probably 8 years or so..and posted under my forum name (KEPPY)…for some reason , since I was logged in thru Facebook , it used that name.

  • HoosierOne

    I agree. I don’t know if I’m overly optimistic of if most others are still recovering from what’s been a rough ride the last number of seasons. I don’t see any reason why this year’s team can’t be a contender in the Big 10. Last year they had a lot of good pieces but no chemistry and a lot of injuries. If they stay healthy and click together anything’s possible.

  • Christian Hamm

    Picked up my son from IU Soccer camp today. As we were leaving campus, we were driving through the parking lot at Cook Hall. Saw De’Ron walking from his car. Waved and he responded in kind. Definitely looked in great shape!