POTB 124: IU signee and Colorado Mr. Basketball De’Ron Davis

  • 04/14/2016 7:17 am in

Podcast on the Brink is back for a bonus episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show is currently available weekly. You can access a full archive of episodes here.

In this edition of the show, Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich is joined by class of 2016 Indiana signee and Colorado Mr. Basketball De’Ron Davis, who is in Louisville this week for the Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

The interview touches on a variety of topics, including:

· De’Ron’s senior season at Overland and winning a second straight state title
· What De’Ron didn’t enjoy about the recruiting process
· The decision of Thomas Bryant to return to Indiana
· How De’Ron reacted to fluctuation in his recruiting rankings
· Expectations next season in Bloomington
· How important player development was to De’Ron’s decision to pick IU
· What the next couple of months look like for De’Ron before he heads to Bloomington

And plenty more. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at [email protected].

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  • Arch Puddington

    Man, lots of great access for POTB these days. IU players, incoming recruits, Don Fischer… Alex is going from a guy with a cool website to a real figure on the IU basketball scene. Neato.

    As for Mr.Davis, lots to look forward to. Comparisons are always imperfect (and unfair, since every player is unique), but I see a bit of DJ White in him. How quickly he can contribute remains to be seen, but he sure looks like a player who can rebound, provide interior defense, and hit the occasional jumper. The good news is that with so many quality front line players returning, he can progress at his own pace. If he’s good enough to compete from day 1, great. If not, he will get lots of great experience and practice working against TB, JM, CH, and OG. And as we saw last year with JM and OG, dramatic progress can be made over the course of a year, so I’ll be excited to see what he can bring by the end of the season.

  • Sghoosier

    Its like christmas with so many POTB in one week!

  • BL

    Very nice interview Alex.

    Sense another really good kid. He’s excited and ready to go to work. Not a big time athlete but believe he’ll endear himself to IU fans with a lunch-pail approach and good b-ball skills. Funny, I think he’s most nervous about the impending workouts. Can’t wait to see his physical development. This kid will be a beast latter half of the BIG season. Exactly what the program needs; a taller and slightly more athletic MB. Loved his description of how Coach let’s his guys play and develop in games without a tight leash around their necks.

    Welcome DD. Hope your career at IU is bigger and better than anything you could have ever imagined.

  • N71

    DeRon is an excellent addition to a team that will be built out really, really nicely, similar to UNC this year. We’ll have size, depth, experience, shooting, etc. On paper we’re very balanced and positioned well to withstand the inevitable injury grind all teams go through. Juwan’s recovery looms as rather important I’d have to admit and Thomas has the potential to have a massive year. He was really coming on late in the year and then add our “sophomore leap”, help from DeRon, the exit of Yogi where perhaps Thomas steps in and takes on that leadership role, he’s still growing probably, etc. Add it all up and man, he could have a huge year.

  • TomJameson

    I think De’Ron will be very good for IU, but don’t think there is any comparison to Max, whose effectiveness was because of his 4 years of B1G experience. Completely different players.

  • I mean it’s great, and they seemingly just keep getting better. You know it’s almost better for De’Ron’s development, if Troy does opt for the NBA. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still in favor of Troy coming back, but between OG, JM and DD, and all the rest, I think we’re in for some pretty exciting stuff in the future of IU basketball.
    Man if they can go together in a ‘big’ lineup.. Just think two 6′ 10″ guys both around 240 to 250 lbs.. and then a very long 6′ 8″ OG or JM or what if like Fisch’ says they’ve been using JM at the point a lot in practice.. whatever, it all sounds pretty darned exciting..
    Yes, absolutely ‘WELCOME’ De’Ron.. we are absolutely thrilled to see you and next year’s team play.

  • I don’t think it’s really necessary or meaningful to compare him to Max at this point.. Max had all tha experience behind him. But De’Ron’s upside is so much greater.. He is a much larger guy.. he’s going to be much more athletic and hopefully he exceeds all of our expectations. Not trying to negate at all what Max did for us last year.. loved the guy, but De’Ron I believe, is going to be a very special guy..

  • TomJameson

    I think so too Ken. Max was crucial to what this team achieved this season, as were many other of IU players as well, but I don’t think many can argue that De’Rons ceiling can be much higher. I really like DDs work ethic already, and his belief that IU can be a final four or championship team this coming season.

  • TomJameson

    Gentlemen you did it yet again. Another excellent podcast!

  • Koko

    Final four is a great goal but I bet he changes that after the summer going into his first season to B1G champs and #6.

  • BL

    Naturally, DD won’t have MB’s experience. However, I see a kid, like Max, that will be physical around the basket and yet able to step out and hit threes. Hopefully, with his added length, he’ll bring a little better rim protection as well. Like TB, I expect DD’s biggest contributions to come down the stretch next year.

  • Koko

    Loved the video yesterday and this Podcast interview. Great kid….can’t wait to see him on the court.

  • I believe, he said Final Four or National Championship.. Are you thinking he takes that down? I don’t, I’m thinking he works his and the team’s butt off and tries to achieve that goal…

  • Koko

    I missed the comment on national championship….thanks.
    I don’t understand your question….takes that down?

  • BL

    Wasn’t trying to limit his ceiling by comparing him to Max. I see potential similarities in terms of physical play and an ability to step outside and knock down jumpers. With Max leaving, it’s awesome we have a big banger to replace him. DD’s longer and a little more nimble on his feet than Max, so we should definitely hope that he’ll become a serious upgrade. However, he’ll be a freshman and he’s not super athletic (he acknowledged such himself) so I think we should be careful with expectations for next year. In my book, if he comes in and marginally outperforms Max (which will be no small feat), including adding more rim protection, we’re golden.

  • N71

    If only Devin Davis was still with us we’d have a pair of double D’s.

  • Just thought maybe if you did hear that part about the national championship… Maybe you were thinking once he gets here and finds out how tough the B1G is and how daunting the whole task really is, he’d temper the goal just a bit (or take it down) to making the NCAA tournament or whatever.. I know it wasn’t quite as clear when he said the part about Nat’l Championship so really didn’t know if you heard that or not..
    Man I really like this kid, so glad we got him.

  • dwdkc

    The growth of TB into a monster, JBJ coming back 100%, continued skill development of OG, and Josh and RJ giving us solid low turnover production–that is the formula for true contention for #6. We will miss Yogi but can overcome that with improvement everywhere else and still be a better team. This kid looks like he will by a player on day 1. I like the culture that has developed and we seem to be adding the right kids to the mix.

  • Koko

    Oh yah…I was thinking he would take down his point of view to include the B1G championship. I agree, he probably doesn’t have a clear view of the task to hand. But I’m sure he will become quite aware of it as the summer goes on. I was doing other things as I listened to the podcast so I’m sure I missed the national championship comment. I LOVE this kid!

  • Shaggy_C

    I didn’t realise he had gone from #1 in the nation to #55. He definitely seems to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder about that, particularly the fact that the schedule in Colorado had a lot to do with hurting his visibility with scouts. It seems to me like we may have gotten a guy who is going to play angry and will perform way higher than his ranking would suggest.

  • Arch Puddington

    Come on, Ken, he didn’t say that DD is EXACTLY LIKE MAX IN ALL WAYS, just that their games have some points of comparison. It’s a perfectly legitimate way to talk about basketball, and I know just what he means. Don’t take it all so seriously, or so literally.

  • I DIDN’T say that he did.. I was just making a point. And I didn’t say it was serious. Is making a point or just conversation about a point still allowed? Cheeeesch. Why are you then being so serious about it?

  • Shaggy_C

    One day…”Inside the Hall’s exclusive 1:1 interview with Tom Crean”…Just you wait!

  • Devonte Green just signed his letter around Noon today. So now we’ll probably see some stuff from ITH on him.. That is so cool.. I think Green is going to be a huge asset to this team.

  • InTheMtns

    OMG, I love this kid already!

    His answers show a lot a maturity. They also seemed to revel humility and a possible chip on his shoulder simultaneously, which could be a great combination I think.

    I love it that he watched as many Indiana games this season as he could and could talk in depth about how the team played and where he sees himself fitting into that. He said he was excited about getting here and now I’m excited to see him here. Welcome to Indiana, De’Ron!

  • Right up until the end of your comment, I was gonna ask, “Which kid?” 🙂 They both sound very articulate and ready to play.

  • RDD#76

    To tie in to this I really liked the Fish podcast we are so lucky to have a play by play announcer that good with so much class liked his thoughts on last years team and what next years team could become can’t wait to hear him say Jones to Davis for the dunk!!

  • Jack Monninger

    I’ve watched some video of this kid and I think he is going to bring some great things to the table. He looks very coordinated and handles the ball well for as tall as he is. If he comes in even close to the ability (or who knows…in the best case scenario could he potentially be as good or better than last year’s freshman?) of the frosh
    this past season that will be huge.

  • InTheMtns

    I liked the interviews in the video story, too. Both young men – De’Ron and Curtis – are very impressive. As you noted, very articulate and ready to play. I’m eager to see them next season.

  • Fifer39

    We don’t have a scholly open at the moment do we? Can he go ahead and commit right now or would something else have to “happen” first?

  • Yes, he could go ahead and commit. Even if we do not have a scholly open we can be over signed by one, but it has to be rectified by the first day of school.. The thing is, he may let the coaches know next week after his visit, but he has planned an announcement ceremony type of thing at his high school on the 24th, so it’s not likely it will be made public until then.

  • Fifer39

    Thanks for clarifying. Going to be an interesting few weeks to see what the final roster’s going to look like – and just how far we’ll climb up the pre-season rankings!

  • Yes it will be very interesting. If troy makes a decision to return, I’m thinking we might get as high as 5th in some polls if he does.. But either way I think we’ll be ranked pretty high and I think we’re going to have a very good team.

  • Fifer39

    Agreed. I know rankings are just rankings, and pre-season ones in particular are very little indication indeed about how teams will perform. But from a recruiting perspective it can’t hurt to have IUs name up there on a consistent basis to help us re-establish our rightful place as the premier destination for all top prospects! At least that’s what I’d like to think 🙂

  • You are absolutely ‘spot on’ in your thinking. Although rankings actually mean very little.. other than somewhat of a gauge as to relatively how good your teams is playing (give or take five or ten positions..lol..), it definitely means a lot to the program to be up there on a consistent basis, especially when it comes to recruiting