De’Ron Davis commits to Indiana #iubb

Persistence and a three-year relationship helped Indiana land the latest member of its 2016 recruiting class.

De’Ron Davis, a four-star power forward from Colorado, chose IU over Mississippi State on Thursday afternoon, becoming the third member of IU’s upcoming recruiting class. The 6-foot-10 prospect adds size to a stable of 2016 Indiana recruits that already included four-star combo guard Curtis Jones and shooter Grant Gelon.

According to the 247 Sports Composite, Davis is considered the No. 38 overall player and the No. 10 ranked power forward a in his class. He’s also the top-ranked player in the state of Colorado.

Indiana first offered Davis after his eighth grade year, targeting him after his appearance at the Adidas Invitational in 2012. At one point, former IU assistant Steve McClain led the push for Davis, but after McClain took the head coaching position at Illinois-Chicago in March, assistant Chuck Martin stepped in and established a relationship.

“I have a real good connection with (Crean),” Davis said at his announcement ceremony Thursday. “When I took my visit, (I liked) the family atmosphere I saw at Indiana and how they compete every day at practice and get each other better. That really stuck out to me and led to my decision.”

According to Davis’ Overland High School coach, Danny Fisher, Martin and Tom Crean have consistently made their presence felt at the Aurora, Co. high school over the past month. Martin’s and Crean’s repeated trips to Colorado represented a late push to keep IU at the top of Davis’ list as newly-hired Mississippi State coach Ben Howland also put on a late press to sway Davis to Starkville, Miss.

“Consistency and loyalty are two of De’Ron’s stronger traits,” Fisher told The Herald-Times this week. “The way Indiana has recruited him since the summer after his eighth grade year has been just that. It hasn’t been all fluff. It wasn’t an offer that was a fluff offer that you see happen sometimes with pre-high school students. They’ve showed that that was real.

“They’ve been the same, their message has been the same, his priority with them has been the same, and when he went through a tough period when he was struggling with his body a little bit and taking a little criticism, they never wavered. It hasn’t been a hot and cold recruiting process with them. It’s been hot the entire time. Everybody else that was recruiting him early had periods of hot and periods of cold and Indiana has never wavered.”

Davis is expected to sign his National Letter of Intent at some point Thursday. Gelon already signed and submitted his and Jones, the third member of IU’s current 2016 recruiting class, is expected to do the same early next week.

Indiana, which will graduate three seniors and also expects to lose Troy Williams to the NBA Draft, is expected to add at least two more members to the 2016 class.

This story will be updated.

3 comments

  1. I keep reading that he’ll pair up nicely with Thomas Bryant next season. I wonder if Bryant will still be around …

  2. If he is as smart and grounded as I think he is, Bryant will still be at IU next year. He won’t be ready for the NBA for a while. Should be fun to watch those two play together.

  3. WOW! Davis has always been the key to this class! Welcome DeRon! The first three are perfect, but Indiana can add three more top recruits. We all know the names, now let’s get them and have a spectacular 2016 recruiting class! Keep recruiting Coach Crean! GO IU!!

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