2014-2015 Player Profile: Devin Davis

  • 10/20/2014 8:00 am in

With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’re taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster this month. Today, we continue our look at Indiana’s roster with Devin Davis.

As questions still linger about just what Hanner Mosquera-Perea will bring to Indiana’s frontcourt, Devin Davis enters the 2014-2015 campaign as perhaps the Hoosiers’ closest thing to a known commodity.

Offense wasn’t a strong suit of his game last season as a freshman, and it’s unlikely Davis will be in line for a featured offensive role this year. What Davis may lack in height, he makes up for with a strong frame — putting on about 10 pounds of muscle this offseason — to bang in the post and muscle for rebounds. Which, along with finishing the opportunities he’s given, might be all the Hoosiers really need out of him in the frontcourt this season with its host of scoring options on the perimeter.

Davis attempted just 18 field goals over five games in Canada, but made an impressive 14 of them to shoot 77.8 percent for the trip. He also returns as the team’s top offensive (11.4 offensive rebounding percentage) and defensive (21.5 defensive rebounding percentage) rebounder among regulars. Davis ripped down 16 boards in 19 minutes during Indiana’s first game in Canada. With Indiana lacking in the rebounding department heading in this season, it’s an encouraging sign. Though, Davis would have just three rebounds in 22 minutes the next game.

“What he wants to erase is having 16 rebounds in 19 minutes the first night and then three rebounds in 22 minutes the next night,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said at the time. “Those are the inconsistencies that he wants to erase.”

Davis was a big part of the turnover issue last season, sporting the highest turnover percentage (25.8) among returnees. Any work with his back to the basket could be an adventure, but his offensive skills around the basket seems to be on the uptick based off his play in Canada.

The sophomore has the ability to hold his own defensively against smaller, quicker players, which will come in handy during switching situations. And if Indiana goes small with Troy Williams at the four, Davis would slide to the center position.

Bottom Line: Even if Davis doesn’t draw a starting spot, he’s likely to see a lot of playing time up front — especially when Mosquera-Perea finds himself in foul trouble. If he’s able to shoulder the load on nights with Mosquera-Perea on the bench, it’ll go a long way to bridge the gap between between the junior and untested newcomers Emmitt Holt and Jeremiah April. While Davis might not enter the season as a McDonald’s All-American or with preseason first team Big Ten honors, he’s an important part of the team the Hoosiers need production from game in and game out.

Quotable: “He was a big, big part of our opening last night and the things that we did there. He got to the other side of the rim tonight. He scored in the low post and took his time. He is rebounding the ball better and we are putting him in pick-and-rolls. Those are the things that he should be able to do for us. The versatility isn’t just for the guys that play in the backcourt, the guys in the frontcourt have to be versatile as well and Devin is a big part of that.” — Crean on Davis during the Canada trip

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  • Hoosier Taxidermist

    D.D. will have a far better year this year. Offensively and defensively. He has put in some hard work and hard work pays off. Go get em big fella!!!! Go Hoosiers!!!

  • SCHoosier

    Every team needs a warrior on the front line. DD is IU’s.

  • Outoftheloop

    I love Devin’s heart, tenacity, fearlessness, and team play commitment. His offensive skills are very underrated. Devin should be on the floor a minimum of 20 minutes/game.

  • hoosierfan2336

    He has such a classic big ten player vibe to him and seems to have the right attitude and work ethic. Excited to see him improve and I’m sure any team would be glad to have him. We will definitely need some big minutes from him.

  • ForeverIU

    Devin-Hanner-Emmitt, the formation we love and our foes hate!

  • N71

    That is a rugged bunch. Hopefully Emmitt can still get some strength and conditioning benefit even though he was such a late add. Kind of a Bad Boys or old Knicks vibe in the making.

  • FinEndNow

    We’ll see. It’d be nice to see Crean having them as a hard nosed bunch…. but… that just hasn’t been the case with Crean big men yet. Cody was a finesse player(though a Top ten player in IU history). Watford was a shooter. Elston was a shooter. Tom was Tom… just hasn’t been there yet. Never had any guys with a mean streak that’ll just get dirty and go hard it seems. And I feel like that has hurt us some.

  • Ole Man

    Guys; love DD. However, let’s remember that he is just 6’7, 230.
    Whatever he gives us down low is a bonus.

  • ForeverIU

    If you’re right, time for him to get on the phone with his mentor in East Lansing, LOL!

  • ForeverIU

    He is also second strongest to Hanner, if not the strongest! No?

  • FinEndNow

    Just seems that when you look at other teams that they have their “Reggie Evans” type players or something. You look at IU the past few years… where are they?

  • Lance76

    I think of Moye when I see DD. A warrior any place on the court,regardless of size. Knowing his high school couch was G. Graham, what would you expect?

  • N71

    Same kind of thing could be said about Trent Richardson (230 lbs) and Ahmad Bradshaw (210 lbs) and Bradshaw is certainly holding his own. Davin’s heart is worth another 2″ so he’s really 6’9″ if you ask me.

  • HoosierHoosier

    Alex, with the added 10lbs, what does that bring Devin’s weight up to now? Let me know your thoughts, but I think Devin’s ceiling by his senior year is DeJuan Blair-ish. Undersized in the post at 6’7, but strong, beefy, and tenacious. Obviously DeJuan is a little closer to 270lbs and I think Devin is still only around 230, but love DD and hope he continues to work hard and improve his game

  • FinEndNow

    He is the strongest on the team and 6-8. Its just talent and mindset.

  • NateMH

    If he is taller than 6’6″ bare foot I’d be shocked

  • Bk39

    Troy stated he was taller than DD.

  • SCHoosier

    If he’s 6-8 I can play in the NBA at age 72.

  • Hoosier Hall

    If he keeps beefing up, he’ll resemble Patric Young from Florida last season…

  • millzy32

    Charles Barkley was 6’6″ and Draymond Green is 6’7″. He’s plenty big enough to bang down low if necessary. Toughness is what matters more than height and he seems to have the most toughness on our team.

  • iubase

    DD will be a key asset this yr. I think he will push HMP and they will be key. The transition game is what CTC stresses and getting rebounds to initiate this is critical. With Yogi leading the charge and JB on the outside this will be fun to watch. Troy needs to step up the defense and someone (prob zieloft or johnson) need to hit that outside shot near 50% as well. Critical yr. Need a NCAA invite to the dance and then do some damage there. Really like the way this team is coming together. The heart and soul is hard work and getting rebounds though and DD is probably the best we have at this. Hope the hype about HMP is correct. Always been a fan of his and reptitions should help a great deal.

  • Alford Bailey

    Devin never looked comfortable on the court last year. I expect him to be fine this season.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I thought he started looking comfortable toward the end of the season.

    I like your opinion better, though, because that leaves room for bigger improvement!

  • AnonymousDave

    Every team at every level measures with shoes on, cause they play with shoes onplayw

  • AnonymousDave

    woah I just had an idiot moment. **Play with shoes on**

  • AnonymousDave

    Noah was hard nosed, sometimes a little hard headed as well lol. But those players were finesse and/or shooters when they got there. These players aren’t cut from the same cloth, they will need to be hard nosed

  • HoosierGrampy

    The only similarities Mosquera-Perea, Davis and Holt share with Laimbeer, Mahorn and Rodman is that they play basketball and commit a lot of fouls.

  • NateMH

    Perhaps that is true, my point is he is extremely short for to play the 5 especially when ur 4 man is more of a 3.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Pound for pound and inch for inch, the 3 best rebounders I’ve ever seen play were all 6’5″: Jumpin’ Johnny Green-MSU/Knicks, Elgin Baylor-Seattle/Lakers and Oscar Robertson-Cincy/Royals-Bucks. TC should get some tapes of these guys and have DD watch them over & over & over & over…size does matter–the size of your heart and how badly you want to get on the glass. DD certainly has the physical attributes necessary to be a warrior for IU…all he needs is more time on the court.

  • HoosierGrampy

    And if TC could teach him to play like Patric…

  • CreanFaithful

    While I admit that comment made me smile, Holt hasn’t played a ball game yet…

  • CreanFaithful

    Wingspan is much more important than height. While I admit, body plays a big factor too, DD doesn’t necessarily lack in that regard. He has a nice 7′ wingspan. Holt – 7’3″ and Hanner 7’4″

  • AnonymousDave

    Indeed but height is not the sole requirement for a good big man, and honestly it’s not even close to my top priority. What I’d like to see, if Holt proves himself a quality addition, is a co-op effort between him and Davis at the 4 and 5 when Hanner comes out. Davis has great athleticism for his build, and Holt seems to be good in this department as well. From their respective rebounding numbers and Holts blocking ability they certainly seem to have good timing and toughness. If I was Kevin Wilson I might start recruiting them to play tight end for the football team.

  • Hoosier1158

    AJ, my favorite all time 6′ 3″ power forward. : )

  • Btown88

    Dennis Rodman was listed at 6’7″, 220lbs. Although you may not respect the man, he led the NBA in rebounding 7 times!

  • HoosierGrampy

    EH played 16 games at Schroeder HS last season. He committed 24 PFs for an avg of 1.5 PF/game. He may well be our “last man standing” (in the paint) this year. As he adjusts his game to D1-level talent, hopefully his learning curve will not extend through the entire season.

  • FinEndNow

    I would love to have a player like Dennis Rodman… but thats a one time athlete right there. There will never be another like him.

  • Btown88

    And B Dawson @ MSU is 6’6″

  • HoosierGrampy

    You get NO argument here regarding Rodman’s prowess as a great rebounder! Couldn’t care less about his off-court, attention-getting antics. I was simply pointing out 3 really proficient rebounders who were in the 6’5-6″ range.
    I consider Wilt Chamberlain (led the NBA in rebounding 11 times and averaged over 23/game for his career) to be the absolute best rebounder I’ve ever seen, Bill Russell #2, and a toss up between Baylor/Rodman for #3. An argument could be made for Paul Silas to be among the best. 10,00 points/10,000 rebounds = a pretty good career.