De’Ron Davis will visit Indiana this weekend

  • 09/21/2015 2:15 pm in

One of Indiana’s major recruiting targets will be on campus this coming weekend.

Class of 2016 Overland, Colorado four-star forward De’Ron Davis will visit Bloomington this weekend for his official visit according to his high school coach, Danny Fisher.

Davis is also considering Arizona, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Texas and UConn, but no other visit dates have been finalized at this point.

As a junior at Overland, Davis led the school to its first ever state title while averaging 16.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game.

He’s rated as the No. 38 prospect nationally by the 247Composite.

Indiana recently had an in-home visit with Davis, which went well, according to the 6-foot-8 forward.

“It went good,” he told Inside the Hall. “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.”

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  • Drew

    Landing a commitment from De’Ron Davis would be awesome! I really hope that since he doesn’t have any other official visits set up that this is a good sign.

  • Bruce Clark

    2016 could be a banner recruiting year!

  • MK

    Getting him would be amazing

  • N71

    Probably our most important target if the rumor on Bridges is correct in that he’s leaning towards UK or MSU. Maker and Alkins would be great but the odds there are less/low according to 247. It seems so difficult to get a good big man and at 6’9.5″ 235 lb…wow. De’Ron would certainly make this class which is already shaping up nicely.

  • HoosierfaninKY

    I hope we are able to land DDavis. I really feel like we are the school to beat but who knows…. I still a bit worried about Rawle Alkins, he is game changer more than DDavis but we need size. I hope we are still in the mix for Rawle Alkins, future NBA All-star in my opinion

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    This is a quality young man in addition to his obvious basketball skills.

  • inLinE6

    We talked about that in 2012 too.. I guess that won’t happen unless Thon Maker and Rawle Alkins both commit.

  • Holy cow, 11 boards and 5 blocks per game!

  • SilentBob

    To me this guy is the absute must get of this recruiting class. Not just because we’re thin up front and could be losing Bryant after a year. Or because he seems to be the big we’re in best standing with. He just seems to be the prospect who offers the best combination of short term and long term upside. He has the skills and size to be a big time contributor as a freshmen, but I don’t think you have to worry too much about him leaving campus after a year or two.

    Players like Cody Zeller are program changers. This guy is a program stabilizer. Unless you’re bringing in 4 burger boys every year you need these long term guys. And not long term guys because they weren’t ready to play as freshmen and sophomores. That’s been one of my biggest concerns with Crean. High ceilings guys like OG are great, but only in moderation.

  • whomikewho

    Getting Davis to commit would be huge! Two more after him…Brown and Bridges? I think Alkins goes elsewhere, I WANT HIM don’t get me wrong, but he seems out of our reach after the summer went so well. Realistically, if we get Davis I think Brown and Kegler will be next in line. Bridges will end up at MSU (if you follow his twitter you would know that’s probably true). Davis, Jones, Kegler and Brown would be top 5 class none the less.

  • straight no chaser

    I agree, but we still don’t know if O.G. is ready to play as a freshman or not, do we?

  • whomikewho

    OG might be 6’10” by next season. Next starting forward..

  • SilentBob

    True

  • N71

    Hadn’t considered that but it makes sense…interesting point.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I agree with everything you wrote. You explained it perfectly and Tom Crean has done a fabulous job in getting incredibly talented high school basketball players interested in IU. Let’s get this kid and others that Tom Crean wants commit to IU!

  • whomikewho

    Even at 6’8″ or 6’9″, if he adds muscle he could be great for us at PF. His legs are tree trunks, so he has a great foundation to build on. He could be the next Crean development story after Troy who followed Vic. One thing Crean can do is find some rough diamonds and polish them up.

  • The_Bob_Michaels

    Somebody in the basketball office needs to make sure there are plenty of working ink pens – hopefully Mr. Davis will be needing one on Sunday.

  • IMSKRONG

    Is this Tom Crean?

  • BigAl24

    This would be a great land, but after seeing how his brother fared in candystripes in his short time here, it’s hard to think that highly of him.

  • whomikewho

    What? His brother? If you are thinking of Devin Davis..they are not related. Lmao thank you for that!

  • Just adding Thon alone would make it a banner recruiting year.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    No, I make more money than him.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Demps and Olah along with Northwestern bball sure are great aren’t they.

  • Corey Schroyer

    I’m not sure our recruiting class has to rely on those two to be great. If we get Davis that would already be a solid start, with Jones . We have a pretty decent number of prospects looking at us this year. Obviously Alkins and Maker would be huge gets but as others have mentioned Bridges, Brown, and others are all there still. We’ll know a lot more by November where we stand with recruits but we definitely have enough top tier talent looking at us to have a great class with or without those two. But here’s to hoping we get them both!

  • Corey Schroyer

    Easy Skrong, he may not be pulling 5 or 6 incredibly talented kids a year but he is averaging 1 or 2 in my opinion top tier players a year, obviously as fans we want more but let’s not easily dismiss the players he has brought in the past few years, whether they have made an impact (or stayed long enough to) is a far different story in itself.

  • Corey Schroyer

    Well unfortunately the pens won’t be of much use as he can only verbally commit this weekend 😉

  • straight no chaser

    hoosier nation is a wild mix of people.

  • straight no chaser

    are you dan dacatch? ha ha.

  • CreanFaithful

    Worse

  • Senor

    His other brother Eric played outfield for the Reds, and his grandfather Sammy was in the rat pack

  • IMSKRONG

    Dang. That’s impressive if you do. Calipari then?

  • GatewayHoosier

    Haven’t logged in for months, but I did just know for no other reason than to upvote your comment. Well-done.

  • jmfriedman

    Didn’t his cousin Jody play for the Cubs? Old school.

  • PV Mike

    Wasn’t his grandmother Angela in the Black Panthers?

  • IMSKRONG

    I’m really confused as to what this has to do with anything.

  • TomJameson

    I think OG will be ready enough to get “some” minutes. My uneducated guess is that he’ll get around 5-6 minutes a game. More in the less competitive games, and less in the more competitive. I think it would be best to get him minutes to both keep him interested in IU, and to get him experience for the next year.

  • TomJameson

    All “kidding” aside, I think you’re right. Even if they don’t all commit (of course they can’t anyway), IU really is getting more interest from the most talented HS players. If somebody cared to investigate a little further, I believe they would find that IU recruiting classes are getting better every year. Now, as to how they turn out may be a different story (the movement), but the actual classes at the time of recruitment have been getting better. IMO

  • straight no chaser

    Yes, the last thing we want to do is put the kid in a position to destroy his confidence. I suspect that CTC will ease him in slowly like he did with Emmitt.

  • straight no chaser

    I hope you’re giving a tiny sliver of your money to Alex in the paid forum!

  • millzy32

    You could add Newkirk too. He’s new to us and hopefully ready for a fresh and productive new start.

  • Ole Man

    Actually, as you read in the paid Forum, they aren’t.
    Also, I don’t care how they are when they come in. It really only counts if they work out. Otherwise, they’re failures.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    CTC and staff have invested a alot of time on this kid and it seems when that happens it never turns out good 4 us lately. lets hope we break the cycle . this one big we need!! GO HOOSIERS!!!

  • TomJameson

    I don’t agree with that. Nobody can see the future, so I stand by my statement. At the time of recruitment “the movement” looked really good and everybody was VERY excited about it. Of course now everybody (not just you) can look BACK and see that the movement was mostly a failure (a BM so to speak).

    I believe that every year, there are more top 100 players that have IU on their lists than in the previous year. Of course IU falls off the lists of most of them, but as the lists get down to the final 3 or 5, the number of THOSE that have IU on them continue to go up as well.

    I haven’t seen anything with those numbers on the paid forum. Not saying it’s not there, just saying I haven’t seen anything exactly like what I’m describing. Maybe I’ll try to put something together to show what I mean … I am supposed to be an old retired guy with nothing but time on my hands … LOL

    I guess my main point is that it’s easy to look back in time (20-20) and see the mistakes and call a recruit a failure, but when IU gets a highly touted recruit, AT THE TIME it looks pretty darn good.

    If they don’t work out … well … that’s a different story and argument as to the why of it all. LOL

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Good one! Have a great day.

  • straight no chaser

    By the time De’Ron graduates from IU, people will be claiming HIM as their relative! But first, De’Ron needs to De’Cide. I’m glad he’s not being recruited by De’Pauw.

  • ScoopGeoff

    He’d be great, although I’m wondering why he’s been slipping down the rankings every year… Has he hit his potential?

    Definitely want at least one of Maker, Leaf, Davis… and then either Atkins or Brown (I prefer Leaf and Brown because I think they’d be here for multiple seasons)

  • straight no chaser

    Do we still have a chance with Leaf?

  • calbert40

    THIS^^^. Well said, Tom!

    I think there is a little more art than science to recruiting, tbh. Outside of the Top 20, there’s not a ton of difference out of high school between a lot of these kids, (and it’s the Top 20 players who are most likely to be 1 and done.) Vic came in around 150. Hollowell was #36 nationally, according to 247.

    There is a lot that goes into a player going from good to great: work ethic, coaching, maximizing natural ability, basketball IQ, adjustment to college life, team chemistry, opportunity on the court, etc. Some young men just figure it out better than others, or at the least have more opportunity than others.

    Considering you must start recruiting these Top 100 players when they are Freshmen, or earlier, to suggest that any coach KNOWS what’s going to happen 7-8 years down the road with the player is asking a bit much. We were all ecstatic when Hollowell committed. I know I was! I thought he was going to be great, but it just didn’t work out here for any number of reasons. Still, it is hard to label either Hollowell or Crean a “failure” on the recruitment. First, LOTS of high majors wanted him. Secondly, plenty of other players that Crean has recruited have been unquestioned success stories at IU, so you can’t logically blame it solely on coaching. The two just didn’t work together. Maybe he puts it together at GA State, but the point is that no one really knows what’s going to happen with these kids.

  • Ole Man

    Nope. I disagree. You’re saying that if they’re highly recruited when they come in, then IU has been successful in its recruiting. I’m saying that if they don’t work out and make a difference at IU, then they weren’t good recruits. Don’t care what they’re Stats were pre-IU. What they accomplish while here is how you measure whether or not they were a good recruit. As you admit yourself, only one of the “movement”, Yogi, turned out to be a substantially good recruit for IU.

  • Ole Man

    I won’t reply to most of what you said because it’s baloney. If it didn’t matter, then no one would pay attention to it; and it would be less of a predictor of success.
    No one else brought coaching into the equation until you did. As usual, you felt the need to defend Crean.