Davis’ AAU coach: “He just brings another dimension”

  • 11/22/2010 9:10 am in

Matt Green is no stranger to coaching elite, high-major talent.

The Eric Gordon All-Stars coach led a stacked roster this past summer that included Hamilton Southeastern’s Zak Irvin, Heritage Christian’s Basil Smotherman and Warren Central’s Devin Davis Jr.

And last night, Davis, a versatile 6-6 wing, ended his recruiting process early with a verbal commitment to Indiana.

Green said he wasn’t surprised by the decision and spoke highly of what Davis will bring to Bloomington upon his arrival.

“Right now he’s one of those guys that can get you those extra hustle plays,” he told Inside the Hall on Sunday evening. “He’s really good on the boards, a high-energy guy, a hard worker. He just brings another dimension to IU basketball that’s not there right now.”

Davis is ranked as a four-star prospect by Scout.com and also had offers from Illinois, Purdue and Xavier.

He was one of just 33 underclassmen invited to try out for the 2011-2012 USA Basketball Developmental National Team over the summer in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Green, who along with Davis has three other players with IU offers on his roster (Irvin, Smotherman and Brownsburg’s Jaraan Lands), complimented Tom Crean for his recruiting of in-state players.

“I think the Coach Crean is really working hard towards the in-state talent. Kids are seeing the vision and they’re buying into it and they’re going ahead and pulling the trigger,” Green said. “So he’s doing a great job selling the future of IU right now. All of these kids play against each other, know each other really well. I guess they’re choosing to play with each other right now.”

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