Indiana’s frontcourt will get a major boost with the addition of McDonald’s All-American Thomas Bryant next fall. But the Hoosiers also hope a familiar face will return as a significant contributor.
Devin Davis, who missed the 2014-2015 season following an accident in the early hours of Nov. 1, continues to make progress in his rehab, Tom Crean said Wednesday.
“He’s doing everything everybody else is doing except he does not play and he doesn’t get any contact,” Crean said. “But we won’t know probably – we’ll know a lot better in the summer, but we may not totally know until we get into the school year, but am I projecting him to be here? Well, certainly in my own mind I am, but does that mean he is completely? Not yet. Medically speaking not yet.”
During IU’s foreign tour last August, Davis looked like a player who was ready to take a major step forward in his sophomore season.
He’d put on 10 pounds of muscle and seemed much more comfortable playing away from the basket with the ball while still maintaining his aggressiveness around the basket. His 7.6 rebounds per game over five contests in Canada led the Hoosiers. In a 95-85 win over perennial Canadian power Carleton, Davis had 13 points and six rebounds. He also had a 16-rebound performance on the trip.
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Indiana’s minor contributors, including Devin Davis, Tim Priller, Jeremiah April, Nate Ritchie, Jordan Fuchs and Ryan Burton.
Devin Davis: The 2014-2015 season for Davis started as one of potential and hope, as he proved to be a significant contributor and the Hoosiers’ leading rebounder during the team’s preseason tour of Canada. But days before the Hoosiers’ first exhibition game of the season, Davis was involved in a car accident that left him in serious condition with a traumatic brain injury. Not surprisingly, his long-term and short-term health took precedence over making a return to action this season. He is back in classes this semester and is participating in practices with his teammates, but he remains limited in contact drills — still with no guarantees on his long-term basketball playing future.
Tim Priller: It was clear that early on in his Indiana career, Priller was going to be a fan favorite. Maybe it was his hair, maybe it was his (slow) speed, but whenever the 6-foot-9 Texas native touched the ball this season, the Hoosiers faithful begged for Priller to shoot. That said, Priller did not play often and showed little of what he can contribute to Indiana, as his lack of athleticism and lack of offensive prowess kept him sidelined for much of the season.
Indiana sophomore Devin Davis, who missed the entire 2014-2015 season after an accident on Nov. 1 that resulted in a traumatic brain injury, is continuing to make progress in his rehab, but there’s no firm timetable on his return according to Tom Crean.
On the ESPNU college basketball podcast earlier today with Andy Katz and Seth Greenburg, Crean said that he expects Davis to play again, but added that he still has a long way to go.
“I think the chances are good (that he can return). It’s still a long road,” Crean said. “He’s back doing workouts. We’ve started our individual workouts yesterday. In fact it’s almost 70 degrees here so I walked outside to take this call and he was down in the gym just now when I walked out of there. He just turned 21 the other day, so that was great to see him celebrate a birthday after everything that we went through in November.
“But it’s going to take time. We’re nowhere near the contact. We’re nowhere near where we can get up and down the court. We’re pushing him hard, we’re trying to get him better with his shot, keep building his conditioning, his strength, but we’re still a long ways off before he’s going to be able to play but we’ve been given no indication to believe that we wouldn’t be able to do that. But to put a timeline on it, still, even all of these months later, it’s still impossible to do.”
As the buzzer sounded for the under-4 media timeout in the second half of Saturday’s game against Michigan State, Hoosiers fans became restless. Indiana trailed by 11 points and Yogi Ferrell had just turned the ball over with just 3:50 remaining.
Fans began to boo. Some left Assembly Hall. But the Hoosiers didn’t quit.
Indiana went on a 16-7 run in the final 3:15, but it wasn’t enough. The Hoosiers (19-12, 9-9) on Saturday lost their third straight game in a 74-72 defeat to the Spartans (21-10, 12-6).
“I feel like we came out too slow and we all tried to turn it on too late,” freshman James Blackmon Jr. said. “We turned it on and made that run, but we should have just picked it up from the start.”
After a first half in which both teams were even on the scoreboard, Indiana went on a 4-0 spurt to start the second half — two quick layups back-to-back to bring Indiana’s lead to a 38-34 margin. Michigan State, though, would follow with a 9-0 run of its own, setting the tone for much of the second half.
Two offensive rebounds led to a Marvin Clark 3-pointer. A missed Hanner Mosquera-Perea layup turned into an Alvin Ellis III layup in just four seconds. Another offensive rebound led to a Clark put-back. And then the Spartans tore the Hoosiers’ zone apart off a set-play, ending in a Travis Trice jumper.
Indiana sophomore Devin Davis, who returned to school this semester after a traumatic brain injury in early November, will not play this season.
On the ESPNU college basketball podcast this morning with Andy Katz and Seth Greenburg, IU coach Tom Crean said that Davis has returned to classes, but not on a full-time basis, and that the hope is that he’ll be fully recovered for next season.
“He’s got a lot of different things that he’s having to deal with and continuing to build his therapy,” Crean told Katz. “He’s making progress, the doctors say he’s making progress and his attitude is great. There’s certainly no way he’s going to play this year, obviously, but hopefully he’s going to have a full recovery and an even better understanding and maturity to be able to go next year.”
Sophomore Devin Davis is adjusting to life back in Bloomington.
After being absent from the Indiana men’s basketball team for more than two months while rehabilitating from a car accident on Nov. 1 that left him with a traumatic brain injury, Davis returned to campus on Jan. 6. He has been back for less than two weeks. And he slowly is returning to normal activities.
Saturday evening, Davis will be leaving Bloomington again — but this time it will be with his teammates. After doctors’ approval, Davis will be traveling with the Hoosiers to their Sunday afternoon game at Illinois. It will be his first trip with the team this season.
“His attitude is great,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “He feels he’s doing really well. He feels he’s recovered at a really high rate. But we have to keep trusting the plan and trusting the doctors constantly on what that means. And I like the fact that he’s hungry but you also have to remain patient knowing that we’re all dealing with something that most of us — especially him — … have never dealt with this before.”
While Davis was gone, every day during practices the Hoosiers would leave his jersey and shorts on a chair as a reminder of their missing teammate.
Indiana sophomore forward Devin Davis will return to Bloomington for the second semester, according to a social media post by his father, Devin Davis Sr., on Tuesday.
“My God, my God my guy is heading back to school,” Davis Sr. wrote on Instagram. “I’m so thankful for everyone’s prayers God has answered them. He is headed back to B-Town.”
The spring semester at Indiana begins on Monday, Jan. 12.
Davis has been living in Indianapolis since being transferred from IU Health Bloomington Hospital on Nov. 7 to an Indianapolis hospital following a serious accident in the early morning hours of Nov. 1 that also involved teammate Emmitt Holt.
The 6-foot-7 Warren Central product remained in an Indianapolis hospital until Nov. 19, when he was released to outpatient care.