Class of 2016 forward De’Ron Davis commits to Indiana

  • 11/12/2015 5:18 pm in

Indiana’s top recruiting target in the class of 2016, Overland (Colo.) forward De’Ron Davis, committed to the Hoosiers today in a press conference at his high school.

Davis joins Crown Point guard Grant Gelon and Huntington Prep guard Curtis Jones in IU’s 2016 recruiting class.

The announcement came after more than a three-year recruitment of the four-star forward by the IU coaching staff, which offered Davis a scholarship in 2012. The 6-foot-9 forward, ranked the No. 38 player nationally by the 247Composite, was also considering Mississippi State.

IU’s aggressive pursuit, however, ultimately won out after Mississippi State gained significant ground in recent months.

“They had a vision that this kid would turn into an impact player for them,” Overland coach Danny Fisher told Inside the Hall. “And for them to make that commitment, they had to have that vision to make the commitment they made over a long period of time.

“The main factor was just the job that they did recruiting him. And then you pair that with Indiana University, you pair that with Bloomington, Indiana. You pair that with ‘The Hoosiers,’ it’s hard to ignore an option like Indiana.”

Indiana was the first school to offer Davis a scholarship, the first school that traveled to Colorado for an in-home visit and also his first official visit.

Ultimately, the IU staff was able to convince the highly touted forward that Bloomington was the best place for his long term development.

“He’s very confident that he can have an impact on both ends of the floor immediately,” Fisher said. “He’ll have some months to spend with those guys and with coach (Tom) Crean further honing in some of his skill set and also developing some things that aren’t completely a part of him yet.

“I think he knows that his physical development and how fast he becomes just a pure physical, athletic presence is going to decide just how much of a presence he has. The plan they have for him, the way they plan to use him, he knows he can step in pretty quickly and impact the team in a positive way.”

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. In the state championship game, he scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.

On the grassroots scene, Davis starred for the adidas sponsored Colorado Hawks program. In this year’s adidas Gauntlet circuit, he averaged 13.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

With the recruiting process behind him, Davis is ready to focus on his final season at Overland.

“He’s ready to move on to the next phase,” Fisher said. “I think he really learned how to respect this process. And even at times when he didn’t like it, he understood the necessity of all of it.

“He’s a good kid, he’s a mature kid, a loyal kid. He’s about team first. He’s about doing the right thing, making the right play, trying to do things the right way as often as possible. He brings a lot of high quality things to Indiana.”

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  • straight no chaser

    Woo hoo. Thanks for the live link ITH. Go Hoosiers!

  • Jim

    big get!

  • Zach

    *EXHALE* but welcome to #IUBB De’Ron!!

  • marcusgresham

    Can I get a “hell yeah!”?

  • Meadows007

    Came back to ITH to find the link to the live stream because my connection to the feed failed, but saw this article instead. What a great thing to stumble upon. Let’s go Hoosiers!

  • straight no chaser

    Hell YEAH!

  • Bk39

    Man that is great news, future is bright for IU.

  • Lance76

    Welcome to the Hoosier Nation De’Ron. You will be happy you made this decision and the IU fans are incredible and loyal.

  • Ms hoosier

    Great news. I was already hearing it from Ms. St. fans saying, Indiana is crying over losing Kegler. They are bragging about getting Kegler. Great to have Davis. Go Hoosiers!!!

  • straight no chaser

    De’Ron is De’Man!

  • Arch Puddington

    Paging Bruce Brown…….Bruce Brown, courtesy phone……IU calling……

  • straight no chaser

    Someone said he’s not deciding till the spring.

  • marcusgresham

    I’m in a hotel room in Indy up here for training. Not sure how many of the people down the hall got my “hell yeah!” because I gave one.

  • LawguyNA

    GREAT work.

  • straight no chaser

    LOL! Beware of PUke fans!

  • Arch Puddington

    So I’ve heard. Hopefully this helps. Obviously we won’t know who stays and who goes until next April, but IF Bryant returns, we will have a lineup custom built for a guy like Brown to fit into.

  • straight no chaser

    I’m at Noodles (in Bloomington) with my son. Opened up my laptop and followed live, shouted in the middle of the restaurant.

  • straight no chaser

    I suppose Blackmon’s decision will have something to do with Bruce’s? Don’t they play the same position, or should I say spot?

  • James Hardesty

    I also welcome De’Ron Davis to the Hoosier Nation. I think this is a great match for both De’Ron and the Hoosiers. GO IU!!

  • Arch Puddington

    ITH lists him as a PG, and what I’ve see of him on highlights shows a lot of work off the dribble. So at least in theory he and Blackmon would complement one another. And without at all meaning to put too fine a point on it, Brown plays good defense. So my guess is that Blackmon’s presence — or lack thereof — is not a huge factor for Brown.

  • Tyler T

    Hell yeah! Huge get by Crean. I praise this man for his recruiting.

  • Ms hoosier

    Let’s page Thon Maker!!!

  • Fivelefts

    I’m here at work, grinning like the Joker! lol

  • calbert40

    Excellent. Well done!

  • sam

    Ms Hoosier,
    No problem… 1/2 win for State and a full win for IU… I say a 1/2 win because he is from the state…

  • IULore

    I TOLD YOU!!! I GUARANTEED IT!

  • twarrior87

    JBJ is going to need a huge improvement on D in order to have any thought of going to the NBA after this season. HUGE, as in bigger improvement than VO’s improvement on offense from his SO to JR year.

  • SCHoosier

    Congrats to TC..get this kid 20 pounds and he will be a horse. Playing with TB next year..watch out.

  • twarrior87

    Assuming TB stays 2 years. I hope so!

  • Ms hoosier

    I think IU got what we needed the most. With his lengh and athletathism it will make our front court much better.

  • N71

    C: Thomas
    PF: DeRon
    SF: Collin
    SG: Bruce
    PG: Rob

    That’s pretty good. Defense will no longer be a weakness.

  • Ole Man

    SG: RJ
    PG: Bruce

  • N71

    Freshman PG = turnovers

  • BlakeD1223

    PUMPED!!!!

    Say what you want about Crean but that man can recruit.

  • Ms hoosier

    Do you think Newkirk will compete with Rob and Bruce for those positions?

  • Miamihoosier

    Everyone is talking about Bruce Brown…does that mean Rawle Alkins is out of the picture? I thought Chuck Martin might be able to get us in the door there. That guy would be transformative. I’d rather get Alkins than any remaining player I’ve heard mentioned with IU to pair with this front court.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    Huge sigh of relief! Coulda gotten ugly if we didn’t get this one. Welcome D’RD!!!

  • TomJameson

    People seem to forget about Newkirk, probably because he has to sit out this season, but he is a very good point guard. And he is experienced … as in no freshmen mistakes coming from him.

  • Vernon Aldrich

    Double Hell Yeah!!

  • TomJameson

    I think there is more hope to get Thon Maker than Rawle Alkins at this point. Personally, I don’t think IU will get either one, but if I had to pick one, it would be Thon hands down!

  • straight no chaser

    And don’t forget Chuck Martin.

  • kennygeorge

    Welcome De’Ron to IU!!!!! Glad to have you on board.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    SNC, I don’t think JBJ will leave for the NBA after this season. Junior year probably and here’s to hoping.

  • straight no chaser

    Yeah, I don’t think so either. I’ve been one of the critics of his game.

  • straight no chaser

    I agree, so what I’m saying is the reality of him staying will have an influence on guard recruitment.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Marcus, go to St Elmos if you can. I will never forget how great that restaurant’s food is.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    True. Have a good night.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    This really is a great day for IU basketball. Glad to see it happen.

  • Ms hoosier

    If IU gets Bruce already having Rob and Newkirk should give us a solid back court.

  • Ole Man

    Sometimes…just don’t make that assumption. And with his D he might cause more TOs than he makes.
    Got to get him first or the argument is academic.