Crean: Little steps are milestones for Devin Davis

He gets updates at the beginning of the day and again at the end. When he can, Indiana coach Tom Crean spends portions of his day at IU Health Bloomington Hospital watching over injured sophomore forward Devin Davis.

Four days after suffering a serious head injury when he jumped into 17th street and was struck by a vehicle driven by teammate Emmitt Holt, Davis is building his recovery on the little steps.

Because right now, Crean says, the little steps are the milestones.

“Progress his morning is sitting up in a chair,” Crean said. “Progress is taking a walk. Progress is — he played Stan (Robinson) in two games of UNO and beat him, which was coming from Dad. So I think that’s progress.”

Crean said he was with Davis in the hospital on Tuesday evening, and helped hold him up so that he could eat his dinner. There is still no longterm prognosis for Davis, Crean added.

“The reality is setting in, obviously, that this a long road with his injury,” Crean said. “People have been so great, but it’s starting to really focus in that this is going to be a long process.

“… I’ve been involved in some head injuries with players before — nothing to this extent — but you really do learn that with those little steps, you can’t get frustrated and you can’t have high expectations. The life lesson is you take nothing for granted. The bottom line is that he is making progress and we’re going to hope that continues.”

According to a crash report filed by Bloomington Police, Davis, 19, jumped into 17th street and was struck by a vehicle driven by Holt before 1 a.m. Saturday. Officers determined pedestrian action was a contributing factor to the accident.

Holt, 18, was cited for illegal consumption and operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content above 0.02. His BAC registered at 0.025. The police report indicated that Davis had also been drinking.

Teammate Nick Zeisloft said the Hoosiers are rallying around both players, especially Holt, who is struggling with the realities of the accident.

“It would just be a terrible thing to feel,” Zeisloft said. “I don’t know how he could feel. I know Emmitt isn’t doing too hot, but we’re there for him whatever he needs. We have each other’s backs. I know that. We have Emmitt’s just as much as I have Collin (Hartman’s), or Nate (Ritchie’s) or Hanner (Mosquera-Perea’s), anyone’s. We have to look out for each other and we’re truly brothers here.”

6 comments

  1. Just very heartbreaking…..”The life lesson is you take nothing for granted”…just seems too early for me…But that’s just me. I’m not ready for lesson talk mirroring a typical daily tweet.

  2. Whatever petty and trivial concerns we IU fans have about our basketball team, I’m sure we all recognize that this young man’s health is of far greater import. I personally have a daughter of Devin’s age who is enrolled in IU, and this has ‘hit home’ very strong with my wife and I. Get well, young man and please don’t confuse the rantings of passionate basketball fans with the genuine concern that those same people have for the well being of a young man who could be any of our sons.

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