That’s A Wrap: Devin Davis

  • 03/28/2014 10:04 am in

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.

In IU’s final road game, a narrow 84-80 loss at Michigan on Mar. 8, Davis played a season-high 25 minutes and held his own with nine points and six rebounds.

Where he’ll have to get much better, however, is on the defensive end and in taking care of the ball. His fouls per 40 minutes average was the worst on the team at 7.4 as was his turnover rate of 25.8 percent. He also failed to register an assist all season, which is something that will need to change moving forward with the shooters Indiana is adding on the perimeter next season.

Despite being undersized to play the five, where he started and logged minutes against Michigan, Davis finished 56.4 percent of his shots at the rim. He was also an above average rebounder from a percentage standpoint (11.4 OR%, 21.5 DR%), although his low usage makes it difficult to assume these numbers would continue with more minutes.

Bottom line: As one of IU’s returning seven scholarship players, it’s an important offseason for Davis. Frontcourt depth may be an issue for the Hoosiers next season depending on how the rest of the roster is filled this spring and he’ll need to carve out a niche as a guy who can defend close to the basket, clean up the defensive glass and finish plays when given opportunities. The fouling and turnovers must be addressed in the offseason as well, but the talent is there for Davis to become a valuable rotation regular.

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  • walton

    My apologies for mentioning something probably way off base. I am sure every college basketball program puts players through rigorous conditioning, but I feel Crean puts these guys through boot camp. The dedication and mounds of work some of these guys go through over so many years and still not be able to see the court as much as they think they deserve is probably deflating.

  • walton

    On the surface Davis appears to have a very good attitude and that alone should take him far at IU.

  • ForeverIU

    I read something about UNLV’s Rice possibly going to South Florida. Can we still get Goodluck?

  • Kyl470

    Shawn Bradley may not have been an All Star, but he is one of the all time leaders in blocks per game in the NBA. I agree you don’t need a 7 footer, but you have to have big men who can defend and rebound. If we could clone HMP and install some better fundamentals in him I’d say they would be ok.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Troy can’t guard very well ….that lineup would get abused by B1G 3s and 4s

  • Alford Bailey

    Hey! Good question. Although I’ve heard he was a little over hyped. Is South Florida a step up from UNLV?

  • ForeverIU

    SF offering him $1.2 million (I think) a year, let’s see if UNLV can top it. Yeah over hyped rings a bell. He played with Max I think.

  • Snookafly

    Problem is, Lee does not want to play the 5 which will no doubt factor into his decision.

  • Snookafly

    With or without that huge leap he may get those minutes out of necessity. It might be a good thing to speed his development anyway.

  • Snookafly

    He should improve his turnovers, but I wonder if he is forced to play an undersized 5, will he be able to defend without fouling?

  • MeniscusDiscus

    After watching Hollowell for 2 years, I can’t imagine him being happy or playing with much enthusiasm anywhere. But, who knows…

  • MeniscusDiscus

    Those year-off predictions might be fun but how about a prediction we can come back and check your accuracy on in a day, or maybe a week?

    Like, is it gonna be Kentucky or Louisville tonight?

  • ForeverIU

    I want Louisville to play against Michigan.

  • ForeverIU

    It’s make or break for him, so he will play like there’s no tomorrow. He won’t have the IU ghosts haunting him any more. It’s like getting out of a bad marriage. Too bad he didn’t click at IU.

  • ForeverIU

    Okay, three teams in the Elite 8 that we’ve played this season, two of which we beat at home, and lost by a point to the third. I’m still bitter. I have big hopes for next year.

  • SilverAtlanta

    I really liked his effort late in the season, hopefully he’ll keep moving forward! I think he and HMP have to get better for IU to really improve next year.

  • Shaggy_C

    He is a shot blocker but very raw on the offensive side – I feel like we already have that kind of project in HMP. Given our struggles this year, we should be targeting offense first and foremost. Defense you can teach in a summer – a jump shot needs years of practice.

  • Shaggy_C

    And State didn’t totally wipe the floor with us, either. For those who complain about our strength of schedule, we would have had 4 of the Elite 8 this season (if not for Kentucky backing out of our series..Side note, it’s extremely disappointing that for their “down” season they are looking at a shot at the Final Four yet we can’t get there with a once in a century team. I don’t think it’s fair to call them rivals any more..I am starting to accept our program is not and will never again be on their level.).

  • ForeverIU

    I’m not comparing myself to Kentucky anymore. They have six freshmen, five of whom are five-stars. That’s like having five Noah Vonlehs on your team, LOL! And the sixth one is, oh, sorta in the league of a Luke Fischer or Troy Williams. Kentucky should be illegal, ha.

  • SCHoosier

    Playing UK this year with our group..not fun. Say what you want..Coach Cal has got his 5-star kids where the players thought they could be when they committed. What a line up of talent..playing with chemistry now..and great, great depth. If their shooting holds up and they get McCauley-Stien out.

  • William Hagenmaier

    and we couldn’t

    throw the ball in the ocean or guard anybody

  • William Hagenmaier

    what is the five????? What happened to guard, forward and centers???

  • William Hagenmaier

    Butler would be a great fit for him

  • William Hagenmaier

    The problem is most kids in high school are so over hyped and they pick a school that has too much talent and when they cant play they wanna transfer

  • CreanFaithful

    I don’t care how overhyped he was/is. 6’10” and 7’2″ wingspan. We could use him I think…

  • marcusgresham

    Shawn Bradley—-“Holy #&)*! How *)&#%@$ tall IS that guy?!”

  • HoosierGrampy

    Patrick Young told a reporter that during Florida’s tourney run, he’s going to play like he’s a walk-on looking for a scholarship. Great answer regarding “his” motivation…

  • MeniscusDiscus

    Lee just committed to Ohio State? Bozich tweet? From Dana Oneil ESPN.

  • Snookafly

    It’s the same as it’s always been PG(1), SG(2), SF(3), P(4), C(5). I guess it just depended on how your coach liked to abbreviate on a chalkboard.

  • MeniscusDiscus

    Kid doesn’t need a sports psychologist! Or maybe he should be one! Or maybe he should be a sports psychologist for Hollowell!

  • MeniscusDiscus

    Sarcasm? Right? Smirk on your face when you wrote that? I mean, he’ll have to actually go to class at Butler.

  • hag

    Maybe at point guard !!!!~

  • hag

    I was being serious. Butler needs help.

  • ronb

    He also played 10-11 guys every game and made it work as a team. We did not have the right players to make that work and I agree shaking things up make be the best thing Coach could have hoped for. We will see.

  • jimmygoiu

    DD sure reminds me , in both the way he plays and the physical resemblance, to Daryl Thomas. Hope he has the same senior year!