De’Ron Davis talks IU in-home visit

  • 09/10/2015 7:14 pm in

Indiana was the first school to offer De’Ron Davis a scholarship in July 2012. As his recruitment begins to wind down, the Hoosiers remain in heavy pursuit.

The 6-foot-9 forward began hosting schools for in-home visits this week and the Hoosiers were in to see him on Wednesday, the first day coaches could visit prospects this fall.

“It went good,” Davis told Inside the Hall on Thursday. “They told me the same stuff they’ve been telling me for a while. It was really just for them to see my mom for the first time, talk to the coaches, just getting familiar with how they would use me and stuff like that.”

It’s not hard to see why Davis remains at or near the top of IU’s wish list for the class of 2016.

As a junior at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado, he led the school to its first ever state title while averaging 16.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game.

Indiana has remained involved in his recruitment for more than three years now and was among a list of three schools he announced near the end of July that also included Arizona and Texas. Davis said on Thursday that he’s also now considering Arkansas, Mississippi State and UConn.

“The three schools I added, they’re all going to be on TV a lot and the relationships I’ve built with those coaches, along with the first three, are very special,” he explained. “Each one of those schools can help develop me and take me to where I want to go.”

The next step following the in-home visits with all six schools will be figuring out a final five and then scheduling official visits.

“The official visits are probably going to be my top five after I eliminate one school,” Davis said. “And then after all of the home visits, I’m probably going to make an order for when I’ll be taking my official visits.”

Indiana has yet to announce a date for this year’s Hoosier Hysteria, which is usually one of its biggest recruiting weekends of the year. Is a Hysteria visit appealing to Davis, if the dates work out?

“Yeah, I’d be open to a visit (for Hysteria),” he said. “They really haven’t said anything about it. I think my coach is going to put some dates together after all of the home visits.”

The other question, of course, is whether an expanded list is an unfavorable development for the finalists he previously announced.

According to Davis, Indiana remains firmly in the mix.

“Indiana, they’ve been there for just as long as Arkansas, probably even longer,” he said. “They were my first offer. Where I stand with Indiana, that’s not going anywhere. Adding schools is just giving me a better look. I don’t want to narrow it too early. I thought I was pushing it too fast.”

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  • IUBizmark

    Came here hoping to hear of his commitment. Looks like this will take a while.

  • TomJameson

    The lad sounds like he knows what he wants. A one or two and done.

  • SCHoosier

    Kid is no lock despite IU’s early interest..but like the way he is approaching things. Good luck Coach Crean


    I wonder if some of these kids are iffy without knowing who the coach will be for 16-17. Gotta remember that these kids are committing to the coach and not the school.

  • SeeingRed

    Reading these things always makes me more cynical than I already am.

  • CreanFaithful

    Lol. I’m sure that’s it.

  • TomJameson

    I’m sorry, but I just can’t get excited by recruiting any more. It’s interesting to see the process unfolding, but I don’t let it get me all stressed out anymore. I’ll wait until they commit to get a bit excited, but when they actually sign is when I’ll get pumped!

  • hardly

    totally fact I now wait until they step on the floor and play a real opponent (after New Year’s) before having emotions either way. getting excited before signing just led me to depression.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    16.3, 11.3, & 5.1?!?!? Want.

  • ForeverIU

    De’Ron is a man of good taste, to have both the Hoosiers and Razorbacks in his final list. I hope the common theme is “40 minutes of hell”.

    De’Ron needs to De’Cide!

  • The_Bob_Michaels

    It sure seems like we are the first school to get in on a lot of high-level recruits and end up with little to show for it. Maybe this time will break that trend.

  • N71

    A McDonald’s All-American every year is nothing to sneeze at.

  • marcusgresham

    Give me De’Ron, Alkins, and the two Indianapolis-area studs (Wilkes and Scruggs.)
    ….and Thon Maker, of course. That’s a solid starting five.

  • IUBizmark

    It’s a legitimate question.


    Except we weren’t in early on Bryant or Vonleh.

  • Robert Golden

    He’s a legit 4-star kid who was a fringe 5-star kid prior to his junior season. Biggest knock is that he may be close to capping his talent, not a ton of upside. Adidas influence.

  • CreanFaithful

    It’s speculation. He didn’t ask a question.

  • IUBizmark

    Wonder means to be curious to know…which presumes a question. So, while you aren’t wrong, the implication is, he’s wondering if recruits aren’t wanting to commit because, like Tom, they’re also worried who the IUBB coach will be next season.

    I know Crean is your hero and I respect that. Try to respect people having an opinion other than the one you have by not laughing at them.

  • Bill Graham

    They are coming for the coach and the school.

  • IUBizmark

    Weight the importance of the coach vs. the school to recruits, in your opinion. Is it 50%/50%?

  • Bill Graham

    I just get a C-wat vibe from this kid. Anybody else?

  • Bill Graham

    No way. Def more towards the coach I’d even say 75 – 25….

  • IUBizmark

    Thank you!
    It’s not that Crean is a bad recruiter, but you can only do so much without recent on the court success. If he was a strong recruiter and had success, we would be signing kids early and be the first choice for a lot of star recruits. As it stands right now, we’re not.

  • IUBizmark

    Agreed. Of course it’s different for every kid and situation.

  • ForeverIU


  • IUBizmark

    I think he’s way more of an animal that C-Wat. I’d be happy with someone as smooth as Watford, but I’d love a beast like I think Bryant will be. We need some big tough guys to set the tone.

  • CreanFaithful

    I get it. Just having some fun. I think it’s unfounded, but that is also speculation on my part.

    I think a recruit is more likely to look at our preseason rankings this year as well as depth at their position, rather than read up on gossip amongst the fan base.

  • marcusgresham

    Off the subject I understand, but did anybody else see THIS today?

  • marcusgresham

    It appears someone in the Worldwide Leader’s graphics department knows who Purdue’s daddy is!