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.
Indiana sophomore forward Devin Davis, who continues to rehab following an accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury, is expected to return to school next semester according to Hoosiers coach Tom Crean.
In an interview on Thursday afternoon on the Dan Dakich Show on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis, Crean said that Davis, who was struck by a car driven by Emmitt Holt back in the early morning hours of Nov. 1, should be enrolled for the spring semester that begins on Jan. 12.
“At what duration and classes wise, that still remains to be seen,” Crean said. “He’s still very much in the healing process and he’s going to be in the healing process. I know how much he misses it and he’s been through an awful lot trying to respond to this.
“There’s really not a lot he can do when you’re dealing with the brain. He’s just trying to do everything he can possibly do, but at the same time, it’s truly about the healing for his brain.”
Davis, who averaged 2.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game as a freshman, has been at several IU games in recent weeks and has joined the team on the floor during huddles.
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.
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.