Crean hopeful that Devin Davis will be cleared #iubb

There remains hope that Devin Davis will be able to play next season. Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean is preparing as if that is the case.

No decision regarding Davis’ future is expected be made until months from now, but the sophomore forward continues to recover from his November accident and is a regular in IU’s off-season workouts. Davis remains under no-contact restrictions, but Crean and his staff are hopeful he’ll be fully cleared soon.

“I didn’t sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but I’m certainly hopeful that he will be,” Crean said last week.

Since suffering a traumatic brain injury after jumping in front of a vehicle driven by teammate Emmitt Holt on Nov. 1, Davis’ comeback has been marked by checkpoints and milestones.

After weeks spent between IU Health Bloomington Hospital and a transfer to a rehabilitation facility in Indianapolis, Davis returned to IU for its game against Lamar on Nov. 22. He returned to classes at the beginning of the spring semester and made his first road trip with his teammates on Jan. 18 at Illinois.

A week and a half later, Crean officially announced that Davis would redshirt the remainder of the season while staying as active as he could be behind the scenes. The Indianapolis native started casual, light work in practice in mid-February and dressed and went through the Hoosiers’ pregame layup lines before their regular season finale against Michigan State on March 7.

“He’s doing everything everybody else is doing except he does not play and he doesn’t get any contact,” Crean said. “We’ll know a lot better in the summer, but we may not totally know until we get into the school year, but am I projecting him to be here? Well, certainly in my own mind I am, but does that mean he is completely? Not yet.”

Davis’ father, Devin Sr., posted a video to his instagram account early Tuesday showing his son lifting weights in the gym alongside his teammates. (See below)

If and when Davis is fully cleared to return, it’s not certain what kind of player Indiana will have.

The 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward was on the verge of a big season until he was injured. During IU’s five-game trip to Canada last August, Davis averaged eight points and led the team with 7.6 rebounds. He had his best effort during a contest against defending Canadian national champion Carleton, when he scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds.

During Indiana’s entire week in Montreal, there was a different Davis on display compared with the freshman who averaged 8.8 minutes in his first season in Bloomington. He looked stronger and more explosive, while attacking the glass for rebounding and putback opportunities.

If IU can get back a player of that caliber, while teaming Davis with frontcourt mates Thomas Bryant and Hanner Mosquera-Perea, it will give the Hoosiers the kinds of situational and lineup options they lacked a season ago.

“You guys saw the Carleton game, and I’ve said this numerous times in the past, he was coming off his best week that he’d had at Indiana,” Crean said. “He was the last guy off the court that Friday afternoon (Oct. 31), and then Friday night it all changed. I mean, it’s very easy to say he could have been a starter last year based on where he was heading. Bottom line, he wasn’t just a back‑to‑the‑basket guy. He could play away.”

6 comments

  1. If Devin ended up not being able to play basketball again, would he still be covered under the student-athlete’s bill of rights? In other words, would he still get a free non-athletic scholarship to continue and finish his degree at IU?

  2. Double Down,

    I believe the bill of rights would cover DD’s scholarship. While not identical, his situation is similar to that of Austin Hatch at Michigan. Go Hoosiers!!!

  3. My understanding is that any scholarship athlete who is injured during their tenure and unable to play is guaranteed a medical scholarship in lieu of the athletic scholly. I know a few people who have been granted medical scholarships under similar circumstances. My only caveat is that since this was not a sports related injury, I don’t know if it is covered.

  4. According to mlive.com, Austin Hatch has officially been given a medical hardship scholarship. His was not a sports related injury, as we all know.

  5. Thanks MI. I had too look up young Mr. Hatch. Good on him for surviving his fathers repeated attempts to do him in. Such a tragedy – and an avoidable one. I hope he thrives. And good on Michigan for taking care of him. I hate them during Basketball, Football and used to in Gymnastics until they gave 2 of my former students a gig there – but you cannot argue that it isn’t a great learning institution, or that they have not gone to great lengths in this situation.

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