Devin Davis Archive
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Devin Davis.
Davis (29 games): 2.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 52.9% FG, 66.7% FT in 8.8 minutes per game.
The 2013-2014 season began with plenty of promise for freshman Devin Davis. In fact, his collegiate debut ended with a near double-double as he finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in just 14 minutes against Chicago State.
Davis appeared to be a player IU would be able to count on for energy minutes in the frontcourt with the potential to play a variety of positions thanks to offseason work on his ball handling.
But as the season moved along, Davis never cracked the rotation with consistency. He played double figure minutes in just five of Indiana’s 18 conference games. The Chicago State game was the only time he would reach double figures in scoring. When the final numbers were tallied, his 8.8 minutes per game ranked 10th on the team.
Still, there’s optimism to draw out of Davis’ first season in Bloomington and reasons to believe that he can and will be a valuable contributor moving forward.
When he did earn playing time, he performed relatively well. In the five conference games in which he played double figure minutes (an average of 14.4 minutes played), he put up 4.2 points and 3.4 rebounds. Those aren’t spectacular numbers, but they are certainly solid enough to believe that he could expand on that production moving forward.
Tom Crean, Austin Etherington and Devin Davis met with the media on Saturday to preview Sunday’s game at Assembly Hall with No. 22 Ohio State.
Watch their comments in the media players below:
After his team lost to North Dakota State, 73-69, on Wednesday, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said his team needed more confidence on the court.
Especially on the offensive side, after his team had its second-worst shooting performance on the season (43.8 effective field goal percentage), his biggest worry was that his team has lost its offensive rhythm.
“For a program that’s kind of hung its hat on being efficient offensively, I just think this week, not the greatest of rhythms,” he said on his teleconference with the media on Thursday. “I think it’s a little bit of confidence with stuff. That’s why I think in practice, you’ve got to play a little bit. You’ve got to step up. I want guys to keep taking shots.”
Heading into today’s game in Indianapolis as part of the 2013 Crossroads Classic, Indiana is well-aware of those shooting struggles. But for the Hoosiers, stopping the Fighting Irish’s offense will still be priority number one.
Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell and Devin Davis met with the media on Monday evening to preview Tuesday’s game with Evansville at Assembly Hall. Crean also discussed class of 2014 signee Max Hoetzel.
Watch both press conferences in the media players below:
In its 2013-2014 season opener on Friday night in Assembly Hall in front of an announced sellout crowd, Indiana crushed Chicago State, 100-72.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from Indiana’s first win:
· The kids can play: It would be unwise to draw conclusions from a guarantee game in early November, but now that we’ve had a chance to see a healthy sample of IU’s freshman class, it is fair to say that Tom Crean assembled a well-rounded group. Without going in-depth on any specific player, this class brings athleticism, length and an urgency to attack. There will be plenty of bumps in the road for this group as it learns to play against more disciplined opponents that don’t commit fouls at such an alarming rate, but there’s no denying that this class has the talent to eventually mold into something special.
· Vonleh establishes himself early: Noah Vonleh didn’t waste any time inserting himself into the fray in his debut. The freshman from Haverhill (Mass.) scored Indiana’s first five points, including a layup in which he was fouled and also hit the free throw. In total, Vonleh’s line was impressive: 11 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks, two turnovers and an assist in 22 minutes. He also hit all five of his free throw attempts after going 0-for-8 in the preseason. Vonleh is currently Indiana’s best option to start at the five and putting him there gives the Hoosiers a starting unit that features five guys who can handle the ball. The soft spoken, humble freshman offered this assessment of his night: “I’m going to keep working hard and getting better and hopefully I can keep getting double doubles.”
Devin Davis (10 points, nine rebounds), Noah Vonleh (11 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks) and Jeremy Hollowell (16 points, four rebounds and four blocks) met with the media following IU’s season opening 100-72 win over Chicago State on Friday night at Assembly Hall.
Watch their postgame comments in the embedded media player below:
Quotes are available after the jump.
With Indiana trailing 13-5 at the under-12 timeout in the first half against Hillsdale (Mich.) College on Monday evening, silence took over Assembly Hall.
Fans were witnessing the Hoosiers — the defending Big Ten champions — trail by eight points to a Division II school (Hillsdale led 13-2 at one point). Indiana’s own players were quiet, but they were not disappointed. They were determined to shake off their bad start.
Indiana followed that timeout with 11:37 remaining in the first half by producing a 74-26 run that lasted until the final buzzer, topping the Chargers by 40 points in the Hoosiers’ final exhibition of the preseason.
“We knew what we wanted to do — we had a gameplan — but we just weren’t as active as we needed to be,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said after the game. “So the mind was right but the activity wasn’t great.”
In that huddle, with the team down eight points and already with six turnovers, Crean and his staff emphasized the need to stick together and raise their effort, both offensively and defensively.
After that timeout, Indiana went on to outscore the Chargers 28-11 for the remainder of the half.
“I think we can just learn from that to not get down early,” sophomore Yogi Ferrell said, “Because especially when we get into conference play, once you’re down, you’re down for a while.”