Five-star forward De’Ron Davis recaps Indiana visit

  • 05/19/2014 11:58 pm in

Indiana’s recruitment of class of 2016 Overland (Colo.) forward De’Ron Davis has been ongoing for more than two years now. However, it wasn’t until Monday that the five-star prospect had the opportunity to make his way to Bloomington.

It’s safe to say his first experience made quite the impression.

Davis was in Fishers over the weekend with the Colorado Hawks playing in the adidas Gauntlet and made the trip south on Monday to see the program up close for the first time with his AAU coach and 2015 point guard and teammate Austin Conway.

“I think it’s a wonderful campus. I got the full tour,” he told Inside the Hall on Monday evening. “The gym is wonderful. It holds a lot of people. I actually got a chance to talk to the strength and conditioning coach (Je’Ney Jackson). Just the way he develops players body wise is crazy. Just how the players come in their freshman year and how they look their sophomore year is crazy.”

At the adidas Gauntlet, Davis mentioned the growth of both Noah Vonleh and Cody Zeller during their stints at Indiana as a major reason he’s strongly considering the Hoosiers.

“They really develop kids. They focus on skill development,” Davis said. “They build NBA players, lottery, first round picks. I just like how they develop kids overall. That was one of the highlights for me.”

Davis, who said on Friday in Fishers that he’s now 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds, is rated the No. 22 prospect nationally in his class according to the 247Composite.

Colorado, Arkansas, UCLA, California, Purdue and Louisville are also involved in his recruitment.

Indiana is the third school he’s visited with his previous trips to nearby Colorado and also Arkansas.

“I’m coming up on my junior year and need to get serious about what I’m looking at,” he said of his recruitment. “I’m looking at Indiana and this (visit) puts them in a good spot. I’d like to go out and see more schools. From what I’m seeing so far of the three schools I’ve been to, Indiana does rate above all of those.

“The facilities are different. At CU, Arkansas, yeah, they have nice facilities, but Indiana pays so much attention to its basketball team. It’s crazy how the facilities are just built for basketball.”

(Photo credit: adidas)

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  • HoosierGrampy

    Thankfully another video which showcases this young baller’s ability to do more than dunk. He runs the court well, gets on the glass without hesitation, throws a killer pass @ 1:43 in the paint, goes straight up to block shots, and also passes the rock to open teammates in transition. At 6’10 and 230# as a Junior-to-be, odds are he’ll grow a little more, and I’d like to see how he’d look in “stripes” during his introduction at the 2016 edition of Hoosier Hysteria.

  • N71

    “Indiana pays so much attention to its basketball team”…I hadn’t heard it put like that but he’s spot on. Very insightful young man, like him even more.

  • Snookafly

    It’s true, too. At IU basketball is the biggest show in town, but to the Buffs and even Arkansas it’s more of an afterthought.

  • ForeverIU

    To the Razorbacks basketball isn’t an afterthought, mind you (LOL), at least not in the “40 minutes of hell” Nolan Richardson days.

  • 323SGrant

    Good to see him at least make an unofficial to IU.

  • marcusgresham

    It’s rare that a kid comes right out and says something like he just did that places one school ahead of another this early in the recruiting process. There’s a long way to go (and that probably includes a trip to a re-vamped Pauley Pavilion,) but that’s a good sign.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Very true. I’ve seen a virtual tour of the “new” Pauley Pavilion (on a CBS telecast I think) and it’s really, really nice. We just have to hope that Davis takes his trip during a game and notices all of the empty seats.

  • Snookafly

    I thought about that, but how many people in Arkansas would give up their basketball program all together for a chance at winning the SEC in football 2 out of every 10 years? Hell, just to win it ONCE. I’m guessing it’s a high percentage. Of course they played some great games this year especially those two against Kentucky.

  • Snookafly

    I was thinking the same thing, and that honesty was a breath of fresh air.

  • ForeverIU

    I went to U of A on the heels of the 1994 championship that they won against Duke. In my first year there I watched them again go to an NCAA championship game in a packed auditorium. Disappointing loss. I rarely missed a basketball game in my four years. Don’t recall watching a football game once. But that’s just me; I was reared on IU basketball. I would much rather not answer your hypothetical, LOL, but I see where you’re coming from. To heck with the Hogs if we can steal their recruits. Long shot but I want Malik Monk of Bentonville.

  • ForeverIU

    Well, he’s re-tweeting Alex Bozich and this article, so that’s a good sign. That puts you in a “good spot” too kiddo.

  • Rie

    Get this kid signed ASAP! He is an absolute stud and there is nothing I like more in a recruit than total upfront honesty.

    As the GMs were saying right before the Oladipo/Zeller draft; the Indiana kids are by far the most draft prepared and physically developed out of everyone else. Davis understands what a great college experience at IU would bring, together with the experience, development, and exposure of playing for IU basketball. Not to mention, we would have a great core in place when it would be his time to play here.

  • Snookafly

    I remember that ’94 Final Four took about an extra hour and half to get everyone in the stadium because the president insisted on going. I was pumped when they beat Duke, but I’m not sure they ever recovered from the Nolan Richardson firing debacle.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I like this guy! It could be Thon an De’Ron in 2016. Perhaps The Davis Duo with Devin and De’Ron featuring their main man Thon. RJ, Troy, and Stan with the supporting cast. That gives me chills.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Gotta get this kid!

  • marcusgresham

    Thon & DeRon—-Dream-Maker & Rim Shaker

  • Caleb Moore

    Would be nice to land him especially given all the effort we’ve put into him. I think Steve has been the lead on him but I could be wrong. Will be interesting to see if KJ leaving hurts us with him. Doesnt sound like it so far.
    Take your time and make your visits DD. I want a pledge that counts, not one we will regret later when he opens back up because he didnt see enough places. Been there…..done that.

  • kyle jenkins

    Very realistic/optimistic Class of 2016 IU commits
    PF Da’Ron Davis
    SF TJ Leaf
    SG Eron Gordon
    SG Vijay Blackmon
    A couple in state stud guards mixed with a couple out of state amazing big men! Add this with Troy and the rest the crew would be awesome!

  • Ole Man

    Word on those guards, just rumors, is that they may not be 5 star studs at all.
    Also, heard that one was looking North to Michigan to carve out his own identity.
    However, I do love your optomism!! LOL!

  • kyle jenkins

    Yea that makes since. Let’s hope we can keep a couple of in state guys around. It’s important to have a balance in in state and out of state players on the roster.

  • JetpackJunky

    Even if it were sold out it seats 73% of what Assembly Hall packs in there. Plus, I hope we reminded him we’ll have a renovated arena by the time he gets here.

  • SCHoosier

    Glad IU is in a good place with Davis..but there will be a lot more competition once other schools check him out.. Hoosiers will keep working him hard I hope.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    At least we got the young man on campus!!

  • PocketHoosier

    I think it’s important to maintain some of that balance on the roster overall, but I don’t think that the balance should be forced in each year.

    If any particular Indiana kid wouldn’t be good enough for a scholarship at Indiana if he lived out of the state then he’s not good enough for one being from the state; he can always try to walk on.

  • PocketHoosier

    I think he would be a very solid addition to the team; the kind of forward that could come to dominate the Big Ten and (with some help at guard as the current crop will likely be gone by then) could have fans putting their 2016 team calendars on the same wall as the 1987 one.

  • Alford Bailey

    You are correct, neither guard is 5 star material. I would still love to have Vijay but could see him going to Michigan. As I’ve mentioned before, Eron is WAY overrated. Lots of quality guards out there in that class I hope we aren’t locked in on him at this stage in the game.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Don’t sleep on Vijay. I’ve seen the kid play multiple times and he is really good as well

  • PocketHoosier

    I want to know too. He must have been driving like a granny to take that long.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Many may think Eron is overrated, and I think he is way too hyped up because of his brothers, but when it comes down to it, the kid can flat out ball. Kansas, Duke, and Kentucky are starting to get into the mix for him as well, so I’d love to win him over those schools

  • ForeverIU

    You mean Clinton? I didn’t know. I came to U of A the next year. The Clinton highlight was when he picked the man who established the literary translation program at U of A (Miller Williams) as inaugural poet in 1997. Sorry, I know this is basketball, but here’s the poem (I suppose poetry and bb are not separable in my life):

    Of History and Hope

    We have memorized America,
    how it was born and who we have been and where.
    In ceremonies and silence we say the words,
    telling the stories, singing the old songs.
    We like the places they take us. Mostly we do.
    The great and all the anonymous dead are there.
    We know the sound of all the sounds we brought.
    The rich taste of it is on our tongues.
    But where are we going to be, and why, and who?
    The disenfranchised dead want to know.
    We mean to be the people we meant to be,
    to keep on going where we meant to go.
    But how do we fashion the future? Who can say how
    except in the minds of those who will call it Now?
    The children. The children. And how does our garden grow?
    With waving hands — oh, rarely in a row —
    and flowering faces. And brambles, that we can no longer allow.
    Who were many people coming together
    cannot become one people falling apart.
    Who dreamed for every child an even chance
    cannot let luck alone turn doorknobs or not.
    Whose law was never so much of the hand as the head
    cannot let chaos make its way to the heart.
    Who have seen learning struggle from teacher to child
    cannot let ignorance spread itself like rot.
    We know what we have done and what we have said,
    and how we have grown, degree by slow degree,
    believing ourselves toward all we have tried to become —
    just and compassionate, equal, able, and free.
    All this in the hands of children, eyes already set
    on a land we never can visit — it isn’t there yet —
    but looking through their eyes, we can see
    what our long gift to them may come to be.
    If we can truly remember, they will not forget.

  • calbert40

    Vijay is good, but he is not nearly as good as James. Now, he is two years younger, so he is behind him developmentally, so that must be taken into account. It will be interesting to see how he plays without his brother, but I don’t see him as a high D1 recruit….at least not yet.

  • marcusgresham

    How old is the youngest one now? I remember reading about him draining threes as a 2nd graders.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Yeah , like I said, this year will be good for him at Marion because he will be looked at as the leader on a very good team in a very good conference. His ppg average should be up there.

  • calbert40

    JBJ is basically the only starter that graduated from that Marion team, right? If so, they should be really solid. Combine that with some of the other NCC schools dropping a little bit (Kokomo graduates 8 players this year and just lost their HC to Noblesville), they should have a really good season. I actually liked their little PG a lot. Very heady player and good distributor.

  • Bryce Kepner

    No Im pretty sure they had another player graduate with JBJ. Alec Turner was a starting senior and has a heck of a 3pt shot as well. I saw them play against logansport and he hit 5 threes in that game.