Q & A: Coach recaps De’Ron Davis official visit

  • 09/28/2015 11:35 am in

Class of 2016 Overland, Colorado power forward De’Ron Davis took his official visit to Indiana this past weekend and Inside the Hall spoke at length with his high school coach, Danny Fisher, about the trip on Monday morning.

In our conversation, Fisher addressed several topics including the takeaways from the visit, which schools are standing out in his recruitment, a timeline for a decision and much more. The full Q & A is below:

Inside the Hall: From your perspective after talking to him and his mom, what are the takeaways from his time in Bloomington and what did he think of the visit?

Danny Fisher: I think he really enjoyed it. They continue to impress and I think this visit was more about fact checking for him. That’s what a lot of these will be after the in-home visits. Everybody says how great they are, but once you’re on their campus you really get a chance to see. I thought that everything that Indiana talked about in the in-home visit, he seemed to have an opportunity to confirm. Things like style of play, their strength coach and his ability and intensity, the high level of energy around the campus and in some senses, just to get a feel around the campus. What kind of vibe is going on around the campus? He kind of got a really good feel for that. I think it was fact checking and further confirmation that Indiana is going to be a great option if that’s what he goes with.

ITH: I saw him play for the first time back in 2012 in Indianapolis and he was already getting offers back at that time. Indiana was the first school to offer. How big is it for Indiana the time they’ve put in with him? It seems like he’s their guy they really want to get. Does he feel like he’s their priority?

Fisher: Most definitely. I think that’s going to matter a lot, honestly. I think that will carry some weight because as we all know, it’s been well documented that De’Ron has been through some ups and downs as he’s developed. He’s struggled with his weight a little bit. Some teams have been hot and cold as he started to gain weight and look a little lazy. Some teams backed off a little bit. Indiana has been there the entire time. So I think that matters. That’s going to have some weight for sure.

ITH: He’s got two other visits set up to Arizona and Mississippi State. Is he going to add any others besides those or is the plan right now just to do the three?

Fisher: I think those are his top three for sure. He may have four, but we’re trying not to waste anybody’s time and resources. He kind of has honed in on those three. As of right now, those may be it.

ITH: The question most fans will have is whether it’s a bad sign that IU didn’t get the last visit or that he didn’t commit on the visit. Is it fair to say the timing of the visits doesn’t have much to do with which way things are heading?

Fisher: It’s definitely fair to say. I think Indiana’s approach has been to be the first the entire process. They were the first offer, they were the first to recruit him heavily. They were the first to do their in-home visit and they were first to do their campus visit. I understand why people think that they should have been last because that leaves the final impression, but De’Ron is a pretty mature kid and he wants to go through the entire process and make sure he’s thorough in going about it. That’s why there are two visits remaining. He just wants to see how everything stacks up. I don’t think that’s going to affect Indiana at all.

ITH: From your perspective going through this process with him, what’s the toughest part for him? He’s got these schools telling him a lot of the same things. When he’s going through it, what’s the toughest thing for him to figure out?

Fisher: I think more than anything, it’s hard to tell who is being honest and who is kind of blowing smoke. All of these guys are very high level coaches and they’re also really good salesmen. They do this for a living. It’s kind of hard to tell what is real and what is not. Some of these campus visits kind of help get through that and being able to fact check is big. I just think for a young guy, being able to tell what is real and what’s not is difficult. There’s certain things that all of them say. Those things are sometimes hard to get through but you’ve got to get an idea of what fits you well and get through it.

ITH: What’s the plan that Indiana has laid out for how they’d use him? How do they envision him fitting in?

Fisher: I think their style of play, they really allow their four man in particular to be fairly versatile and their five, honestly. But they allow their four to be versatile with trailing the play sometimes and getting jump shots and attack opportunities. A lot of opportunity to score and play on the baseline, to face up, to pop off the block. There are some opportunities when they’re switching screens, their four man has to switch and guard a wing player sometimes. I think it’s pretty consistent with their style of play where De’Ron’s strengths kind of fit and how they’re telling him he will be used. It seems to be a really good fit for his skill set.

ITH: Is it looking like after these visits are done, he’ll be looking to get this done early or do you see this going to the spring?

Fisher: I really don’t think he wants to take this to the spring. If he decides that is best, I would understand it, but in a sense, he has a lot to lose if he waits that long because these guys still have to get their guy. And when you wait on a kid until the spring, it’s tough to not keep recruiting hard. I think he’s going to want to get it done early. He’s honed in on the schools that have done the best job and seem to fit him the best. I think he’ll be ready after these three visits to kind of hone in on who his top school is going to be.

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  • oldiugymnast

    It does have something to do with you. You are throwing stones at people who work harder than you can even imagine and accusing them of something that no athlete I know of is willing to accept from themselves. Maybe you are a great guy – but you are a lazy thinker and speaking from a place where you should not be willing to castigate others. You have to earn that right in my book. Richard Sherman – sure, a kid that grows up in compton, earns a academic scolly at Stanford, earns a football scolly at stanford, wins a national championship, AND wins a superbowl – he has standing to call people mediocre. I don’t. You don’t.

  • oldiugymnast

    Okay – good work. My apologies. Did you expect to play your best with a rolled ankle? Recovering from an ACL? Just curious. Or did you understand that you were not at your physical best – but did the best you could with where you were?

  • Nashville Hoosier



    I still expected to my best. I still played after injuring my ACL and my team won(though during open gym).


    Not too long ago I was playing a pick up game and got poked in the eye. I kept playing with just my one eye open. Turned out that my cornea was cut lol.

  • b_side

    Exactly, big difference between 2 seasons and 5. So I’m giving Crean the benefit of the doubt next season and not going on a witch hunt on the shoulders of an article about a potential recruit.

  • oldiugymnast

    Okay – big world of difference between pick-up and college elite. It is a game of millimeters and that slow step for a 2 guard is enough to get blown by. I am sure you did do your best (so did I – but to be honest, I was hurt and not at my best period), but I guarantee you weren’t as good as you would have been sans injury. That is reality. And last years team was badly nicked up most of the BIG. I mean, Colin was playing the 5 much of the time!

  • oldiugymnast

    No argument – but we lost key players to the NBA. That happened. We missed on a couple of recruits. That happened. The whole Devin David thing actually happened. You can’t pretend it didn’t or that those realities don’t play into how things shook out. Expecting a wildly different result is like expecting the 2008 team to win 20 games. It is just absurd.

  • oldiugymnast

    But you discount the impact his injuries had on the team. Hmmmmmmm.

  • sarge

    It’s an open discussion forum. If you don’t want an answer don’t ask a question. It doesn’t really matter who you ask anyway if you already have an answer. Stop being irrational and fickle.

  • sarge

    I wouldn’t say either of those two coaches have any more insurance on their jobs than CTC

  • sarge

    Stop using “we” like you are an IU basketball fan. It is pretty clear to me that you are trolling the site

  • sarge

    You actually sound pretty weak to have IMSKRONG as your username.

  • sarge

    They have never been mediocre, the fan base doesn’t allow it. They may not always be great, but they can always compete with the top tier programs because they are a top tier program. 5 time NCAA champs, how many mediocre programs can say that?

  • sarge

    It was a success based off of the roster depth, turnover, and age. Stop trolling.

  • Bruce Clark

    Has the basic skills, and the desire, and the work-ethic … to improve to almost any level desired. (Thanks Tom Jameson 🙂 )

  • TomJameson

    I didn’t say you asked me. I said you asked. You clearly asked “What exactly is the Oladipo mold?”

    LOL … my a$$