Devin Davis Archive
Less than an hour before Indiana’s game against Lamar on Saturday evening, sophomore Devin Davis made his way into the Hoosiers’ locker room. The event staff, standing just outside, could not help but grin at the occasion.
Just three weeks after a car crash that left Davis seriously injured with a “traumatic brain injury,” the Indianapolis native made his first appearance in Assembly Hall since the accident and watched the Hoosiers go on to win, 85-72, over the Cardinals.
As Davis walked in to the locker room, his teammates were on Branch McCracken Court warming up. They had no idea who would be waiting upon their return to the locker room.
So when the Hoosiers routinely jogged off the court and made their way into the locker room, they unexpectedly found Davis inside. The mood instantly changed.
“We were all jumping on him, like dog-piling him kind of,” junior Yogi Ferrell said. “We were all happy to see him.”
Indiana sophomore forward Devin Davis was back in Assembly Hall on Saturday night as a spectator for the Hoosiers’ game with Lamar.
Shortly before 7 p.m., Davis walked into Assembly Hall with his father, Devin Davis Sr., and into the Indiana locker room. During pregame warmups, Davis wore earplugs as he watched at midcourt with assistant coaches and team physician, Steve Ahlfeld.
Davis was seriously injured on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 1 in an accident near Memorial Stadium that also involved teammate Emmitt Holt. Holt was suspended four games.
Indiana sophomore forward Devin Davis, who was injured in an accident early in the morning on Saturday, Nov. 1, is headed home today according to a post on Instagram by his father, Devin Davis Sr.
Indiana coach Tom Crean confirmed at his press conference on Wednesday that Davis has been released from the hospital and will stay in Indianapolis for outpatient care, but there’s no timetable for when he might be able to return to basketball.
“The fact that he’s progressed enough to the point that he can go home, that’s good, that’s very good.” Crean said. “I don’t know if there was ever a schedule that could be put in place on that. It’s like concussions and this was obviously worse than that. There’s no way to really put a timeline on that. And if the doctors aren’t putting a timeline on it, then there’s no way that we can.”
Indiana sophomore forward Devin Davis is expected to be transferred to a hospital in Indianapolis to continue rehabilitation, the program announced this morning.
Davis has remained at IU Health Bloomington Hospital since early Saturday morning after suffering a serious head injury near Memorial Stadium.
“I am happy to report that Devin is making rapid progress towards his recovery,” IU team doctor Larry Rink said, according to official IU basketball Twitter account. “He is advancing rapidly in his rehabilitation. The Hoosier Nation would be proud of Devin.”
In a subsequent tweet, IU also said that Tom Crean has been with Davis and his family for most of Friday morning.
Davis’ father, Devin Sr., said his son is very alert and is a few weeks ahead of where they thought he might be, according to the tweet.
Indiana coach Tom Crean could see it during Wednesday’s practice.
His players were “really, really anxious” to play in Thursday’s exhibition against Northwood.
After what had been a turbulent six days, the Hoosiers played their first game of the 2014-2015 season with only nine players active, knocking off the Timberwolves by a 94-70 score in Assembly Hall.
“Everybody was anxious to play,” Crean said. “I know that. You could really feel it in practice yesterday, that they were really, really anxious to get to the court. I thought they played that way today.”
The Hoosiers suffered from a slow start on Thursday evening, trailing 15-8 through the first 6:57 of the game. After a week in which one of their teammates was hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury and the program was placed under scrutiny, the Hoosiers started the game tight.
But as the game progressed, the Hoosiers settled in. Among the positives, despite the lack of size due to suspensions and injuries, they had a plus-seven rebounding margin, shot a 55.3 effective field goal percentage and had only a 13 percent turnover rate — a feat they achieved just once last season.
Indiana coach Tom Crean addressed the media at Assembly Hall on Monday afternoon and provided an update on the status of sophomore Devin Davis, who was seriously injured in an accident early Saturday morning near Memorial Stadium.
Davis remains in IU Health Bloomington Hospital.
Crean wasn’t able to specifically discuss the nature of the injuries sustained by Davis, but added that team doctors will have an update available shortly.
“He’s making progress and when I say that, I wish I could sometimes give you just this great bit of information,” Crean said. “But progress this morning is sitting up in a chair. Progress is taking a walk. Progress is, I guess he played Stan (Robinson) two games at UNO and beat him, so I think that’s progress. Last night, watched him and sat there helped hold him up to watch him eat his dinner, which was not easy. And the reality is setting in obviously that this is a long road with his injury.
“Again the people have just been so great, but it’s starting to focus in that it’s going to be a long process. Our players are seeing that, certainly we’re seeing it, but it pales in comparison to what the family sees. So hopefully he will continue to make progress, we get updates the beginning of the day, the end of every day and certainly we see him throughout the day. That’s the update that I have with him.”
On Monday night at his first radio show of the 2014-2015 season, Indiana coach Tom Crean faced several questions from both host Don Fischer and fans regarding the Hoosiers’ multiple off-court issues.
During the hour-long show, Crean addressed the condition of sophomore forward Devin Davis, announced suspensions for freshman Emmitt Holt and sophomores Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson, commented on leadership issues and updated the injury status of several Hoosiers heading into Thursday’s exhibition against Northwood.
Davis remains hospitalized
Following Monday night’s radio show, Crean said he would immediately return to IU Health Bloomington Hospital to spend time with Davis, who remains hospitalized following Saturday morning’s accident in which Davis was hit by a car driven by Holt.
During the show, though, Crean discussed how painful the incident was to him on a personal level — getting visibly emotional on multiple occasions and choking up on air, as well.
“I think our team is hurting big time,” Crean said. “We know mistakes are made. But our team is hurting big time.”