It wasn’t a summer that anyone would have preferred.
But De’Ron Davis hasn’t let a late start affect him.
School work kept Davis in Colorado longer than expected. He finished his final academic requirement on Friday, Aug. 19, then hopped a flight to Indiana. Two days later, Davis was in Bloomington, the last of IU’s five-man signing class to arrive, and he started his class schedule that ensuing Monday.
In the time since, he hasn’t looked back. Now Davis’ focus on catching up and finding his niche is having a positive impact on Indiana through the season’s first two games.
Davis has made five of his seven shots this season, and scored eight points in Wednesday’s win over UMass Lowell. He also connected on two critical free throws late in last week’s win over Kansas.
So far, Davis appears to be developing just fine.
“He’s come along a lot in the last couple of weeks,” IU coach Tom Crean said. “His confidence has grown a lot in the last couple of weeks … To come into a realm that he had not known because he wasn’t here in the summer, you’ve got to remind him there’s some things he can go to and he can rebound the ball and he can score.”
Davis has already shown a good feel for playing in the post. He has good feet and the potential to grow into a reliable rim protector on the defensive end.
After playing seven minutes against the Jayhawks, Davis logged 12 minutes on Wedneseday. He grabbed three rebounds and blocked a shot, offering a glimpse into the kind of well-rounded post player Indiana believes he can become.
“He’s going to be a very good passer as he gets comfortable with it,” Crean said. “But he can really get out and guard. And I think that’s what’s brought a lot of confidence to his teammates and on the court — not just himself. But he works extremely hard. He’s conditioning extra all the time. And he’s a product of it. And I think he’ll look different in two weeks.”