That’s A Wrap: De’Ron Davis

  • 03/28/2018 8:35 am in

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2017-2018 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: De’Ron Davis.

Davis (15 games): 9.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.1 assists, 1 steal, 61.5 FG%, 50% FT in 18.8 minutes per game.

De’Ron Davis began his second season in Bloomington with plenty of promise.

After a strong offseason in which he dropped 21 pounds and added eight inches to his vertical jump, the 6-foot-10 Colorado native was viewed as a potential breakout candidate in the Big Ten.

And early on, the improvement from Davis was evident.

He scored in double figures in eight of Indiana’s first 10 games, including a 16-point performance against Duke’s frontline of Wendell Carter and Marvin Bagley Jr. Davis also had 13 points in a win over Iowa in early December and then had 14 in a loss at Louisville less than a week later.

But those moments would be the high points for Davis, who didn’t scored in double figures in the final five games of his sophomore season. After hearing a loud pop in his Achilles during a practice in early January, it was announced that Davis would miss the remainder of the season.

Suddenly, Indiana was without one of its key offensive cogs and its best shot blocker. Despite average rebounding numbers on both ends, Davis had a block percentage of 8.8 through 15 games. That number would have ranked in the top 50 nationally, according to Ken Pomeroy, if Davis had played the minutes to qualify.

Davis was also Indiana’s most efficient low post scorer through the first half of the season, according to Synergy Sports. In 64 post-up possessions, Davis scored 72 points. That number ranked in the 95th percentile nationally.

As strong as those numbers were, Davis admitted in a press conference in early February that he wasn’t particularly pleased with his play in his second season.

“I just honestly want to get back to how I was in high school,” he explained. “Since I’ve been in college, I feel like I’ve gotten away from my game in high school. I just want to be more aggressive on the offensive and defensive end. I just want to play more freely and have more fun out on the court. And just enjoy the game.”

Given that he’s now almost three months post-injury, Davis is well into the rehab portion of his recovery. He said in early February that a preliminary timetable for a return to full strength that he was given at the time of injury was six to nine months.

Bottom line: It will be another pivotal offseason for Davis as he’ll have a battle on his hands if he wants to remain a starter moving forward. The Hoosiers are adding several frontcourt players, including Race Thompson and Jake Forrester, who could push him for minutes. He also faces the challenge of remaining in top physical shape despite not being able to do the same workouts as his teammates. If Davis is able to return to full strength, it’ll be hard to keep him off of the floor because of his ability to score in the paint and block shots.

Quotable: “I feel like I started out strong. And then probably a month in, just before I got hurt, I was in a little slump. My minutes started to drop. Overall, if I had to grade it, my season was probably a ‘D’ season. Coming off of last year, which was like a ‘F’ season. Not too much improvement besides my conditioning so I’m going to continue to work, get healthy and continue to build my body so next year I can come back stronger and faster.” – Davis on February 2.

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  • oldiugymnast

    You really should try going where your beliefs are wildly outside the norm – you would be surprised in the small and big ways you are discriminated against. I haven’t believed really ever in my life and spent a big chunk of my childhood and teenage years pretending to because you get beat up in rural Indiana if you say out loud you don’t believe.

  • oldiugymnast

    Never moving back to the midwest. I like my little corner of CA.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I think it is mighty presumptuous to assume he does anything inappropriate at work based on zero evidence. Good points all around.

  • oldiugymnast

    I should add – whenever one limits themselves by only hanging out with those that agree with them or with those that share their religious beliefs, you only hurt yourself. In fact, this tendency is why I left the midwest and why I won’t come back.

  • Koko

    I guess it depends on where your little corner is. I can think of many very nice places to live in Calif. That is if you don’t mind the current state leadership and beyond silly regulations.

  • oldiugymnast

    Monterey. I don’ t think most of our regulations are silly. That said, the way the cottage industry lawyers turned CEQA into a bludgeon needs to change.

  • oldiugymnast

    Fair enough. And seriously, much respect for people that step outside of comfort. There is a lot of richness in life that comes from doing so. You are unfailingly polite and I hope I am clear that I don’t really care what someone who isn’t me believes as long as their belief doesn’t lead them to try to take my rights or freedom.

  • oldiugymnast

    Right? Whenever my Indiana friends come visit for the first time I tell them they need to bring warm clothes because it is fall here pretty much year round – they never believe me and then they get here and freeze.

  • oldiugymnast

    I have scars on my face that tell a somewhat different story……

  • IdahoHoosier

    Yesterday you said others shouldn’t speculate on transfers, have you changed your mind? You can’t have it both ways. I think it is fine that you comment on Clif’s religious affiliation. And I actually wouldn’t care if he was honest about his faith no matter what it was. How does that affect me? I would just not follow or read his Twitter if I didn’t like it. At this point I’m just defending this guy’s right to free speech, which is crazy, I shouldn’t have to. And I’m glad you admit you are making assumptions about this guy and have no evidence that he has done anything wrong. I think that settles it.

    As I said, if the guy has real faith, he can’t separate that identity from his work identity. And IU must be ok with it or they’d do something about it. Your point has been made. But we still have no actual evidence to believe this guy is pushing his faith on players or anyone else. He is a Christian who also works for IU, that is all he has said. Good for him!

  • Koko

    Now they defecate on the streets and I doubt they wear flowers in their hair while doing it…..but I do like that song.

  • oldiugymnast

    I hear you – and agree. We don’t know either way. However, I once had a locker at IU and there is a perniciousness to evangelism is sports. Just look at Camion Patrick’s old coach at Last Chance U. Now – I don’t think Indiana is in anyway unique on this and actually may be a little ahead of the curve. But the truth is that this ubiquitousness of religion mixed with sport is really not good for the students or any staff member that happens not to ascribe to Christianity. I understand I am asking a lot of people that have long held sway over the rest of us to give that up. But to be true to the big ideas in our Constitution and the ideals of the Enlightenment it needs to happen. I would argue for our society to be as good as it can be this is sort of a must do.

  • oldiugymnast

    That would describe me. However, I would never put that on my twitter profile because that is about me – not about anybody else. Everybody should have the right to believe what they wish as long as they do so respecting the rules of our civil and secular society.

  • oldiugymnast

    As a non-believer and a former athlete – the praying before a game/meet made me feel really pushed out and like I was some kind of pariah or outsider. I coach some youth basketball now and we cheer each other on and get psyched up for games without having to pray. If praying is part of your pregame routine, it is fine for you to do that on your own, but it really isn’t fair to non-christians who happen to have the skills to be an athlete.

  • IdahoHoosier

    But he works at IU, and as far as we know no one that has actual contact with him has an issue with his faith or behavior. The behavior part is really all that matters in this discussion. And we know nothing about his behavior at work.

  • oldiugymnast

    The tassels that are part of the “garment” that orthodox and hasidic Jews wear when they are praying (or in the case of the Hasidics, all the time). It looks like a tshirt with long tassels at the four corners on the bottom of the shirt.

    phylacteries are the little boxes with prayers in Hebrew that are attached to the tassels while praying.

  • IdahoHoosier

    We aren’t in disagreement there. But as I explained, we know nothing concrete about Clif Marshall (whom this discussion centers on), his intentions, or his actions at work. I can’t see based on a Twitter bio that he is weaponizing his faith or stating he is better than anyone.

  • IdahoHoosier

    You’re assuming I haven’t already. I appreciate your insight on the topic though. Not one I expected to engage in on ITH but never know what life will bring you.

  • oldiugymnast

    Also – I spend a lot of time in Santa Cruz, but it is as expensive as Silicon Valley now – otherwise I would probably live there. But this end of the bay is pretty fantastic too – if 20 degrees colder all summer.

  • Koko

    Big difference in temperatures between Florida and Calif unless of course you live in the desert. I’m saying that as I lived in Calif for many years…LA area. Traveled the state quite a bit.

  • IdahoHoosier

    You brought up children’s teachers several times. But the discussion here is about college professors, who teach legal adults. I went away to college and learned things I never learned at home, new perspectives, all that. My parents were free to be upset about my changing views, but ultimately I was an adult making my own realizations about the world. I have been further subjected to other views and ideas, whether I liked it or not, everywhere I’ve gone. So I think it is naive to think students at college, athletes or not, aren’t going to be subjected to various world views and new ideas, different than they got at home. Let’s not drag the discussion further away from basketball by bringing up young children.

  • oldiugymnast

    Really – because I only believe in exactly one less god than you. And also – I don’t care at all what you or anyone else believes right up to the point that you try to tell me I MUST believe or take away my rights and freedom.

  • oldiugymnast

    One of the best shows I have ever been to was a Christmas Show Counting Crows put on at the Warfield in San Francisco with Wallflowers and Toad the Wet Sprocket. This is the song they opened that show with. Seriously – If it were possible I would repeatedly go back to 2005 and watch again and again.

  • oldiugymnast

    No. He would not return to a school with that.

  • oldiugymnast

    Not for nothing – but some of the people I love the most in my life are people I had some serious competition with in either Gymnastics or Wrestling. Certainly my most steady childhood friends are people who pushed me in sports.

  • bball at nick’s

    because of the weather, poor ones, how sad.

  • MrNobody

    Not that old coach. Possibly younger than you. Prefer to live life with eyes open, positive, humble, simple, and hopefully kind. I don’t have much but am blessed. Many blessings your way !

  • oldiugymnast

    So far, I have not encountered this brand of Christian. In fact, except for a few notable exceptions – all the true believers I have ever met ostracized me when they found out I didn’t believe (I don’t exactly advertise this what with the culture I live in – even on the CA coast).

    I think after our various discussions over the years, you must fall into the “notable exceptions” category.

  • Ivan Renko

    don’t generalize 1.2 billion Catholics based on random anecdotal evidence you allege to have gathered.

  • Koko

    Carry on bro.

  • coachv

    believing in science is a religious cult?

  • coachv

    i was wondering why he was talking about condoms

  • coachv

    good on you. me? i am as bitter as three day old coffee

  • coachv

    i miss san francisco so much but the only way i can go back is if i win the lottery. and i don’t play

  • coachv

    what part of ca?

  • coachv

    ooh. monterey. so nice. i would never leave there either. you must be rich

  • coachv

    i remember santa cruz as a little hippie beach town. i almost put in for an assistant job at santa cruz. go banana slugs!

  • coachv

    i don’t think he would consider it inappropriate. would you?

  • coachv

    yeah. he’s alright

  • coachv

    olive are expensive

  • coachv

    anything anecdotal is not evidence. perhaps we can talk about anecdotal evidence 1.2 billion alter boys have gathered?

  • coachv

    were you a college gymnast? and where?

  • coachv

    need a sacasm font

  • coachv

    why so serious?

  • coachv

    i hate when they don’t play music at church

  • coachv

    i tried to get the fountain to congeal by dumping many large bags of pudding or jello that i stole from a cafeteria. man was i stupid

  • coachv

    bad rules should be changed. otherwise we would still have a jump ball after every basket

  • Ivan Renko

    that was my point… you used an anecdote ostensibly as evidence to generalize Catholics.

    I was an altar boy for 10 years in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and never once had anything remotely questionable happen. I would be invoking “anecdotal evidence” if I used my experience to categorically deny abuse my clergy in the Church. I don’t deny, however, that there were/are issues in the Church with abuse by clergy and there needs to be reform.

  • coachv

    believe me, i’m not. i’m looking at nordic countries as a landing spot.

  • Ivan Renko

    you intentionally (and ignorantly) generalized a population to which I subscribe in a way that is far from the truth. if “why so serious?” is your only defense, you have exposed yourself as a troll. get out of here.