Hoosiers hopeful Davis will be ready to practice next month

De’Ron Davis has not yet been cleared for contact, but Indiana is hopeful that its junior center will be ready to practice at the start of next month.

Appearing on a podcast with college basketball analyst Jon Rothstein this week, IU coach Archie Miller outlined Davis’ return from a season-ending Achilles injury suffered during the first week of January.

Although IU has taken it slow with Davis’ rehabilitation process, Miller is optimistic that the 6-foot-10, 255-pound big man is on track to be fully cleared for practice by Oct. 1.

“De’Ron tore his Achilles basically on the first of January,” Miller said. “From that point forward, he’s had the long road back of recovery and rehab. He was here all summer trying to get himself back as best he can. I’m a little surprised right now that he’s doing as much as he is. He hasn’t really been cleared for contact, but he is participating in our team workouts (in), what I would say (are) 60 to 70 percent of the activities, which is good.”

A year ago, IU’s coaching staff lauded Davis for transforming his body and losing 21 pounds through a rigorous offseason training regimen. The Colorado native experienced a half-season of high and low moments, beginning the campaign by scoring in double figures in eight of his first 10 games.

Across that span, Davis averaged 11.5 points and 4.4 rebounds. During his final five games, however, Davis averaged merely 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds. Free throws, meanwhile, were a major issue for Davis, who shot only 50 percent at the line after making 75 percent of his free throws as a freshman.

As his recovery continues, Indiana is focused on making sure Davis’ conditioning is at a high enough level that allows him to become a factor — and stay on the court — this season.

“The big thing for him is to get confident in running and cutting and jumping,” Miller said. “… We won’t really understand how quick he can be ready to help us until his conditioning level gets back. When you’re at that size, with that injury, not being able to do much, the big thing is going to be his conditioning level. We’re gonna take it really slow and be smart with him. Once you’re in shape, that’s the best chance you have of really being yourself. If you’re fighting against conditioning, injuries and some other things can step in. But he’s on the path for Oct. 1 to be a part of our practices.”

10 comments

  1. Absolutely! Davis needs to become what the ‘talking heads’ termed decades ago an aircraft carrier. Once he is back in BB shape. Protect the rim, multiple assists, high % scorer, rebound and blockout. Be consistent. He doesn’t need to provide gaudy #’s and carry the team on his shoulders.

  2. Davis should be rounding into shape in January and hitting his stride as we approach the Big Ten tournament. He could have a huge impact on the second half of the season.

  3. BB, “so many big bodies now?” It appears to me that IU is only marginally bigger this year than we were last year? Our tallest guys are 6’10”, but one of them is a bean pole and Davis won’t be at full speed for months. Please explain your comment, because from what I can see, IU is still a bit under-sized.

    If you want to see a team with “a lot of big bodies,” look at Duke’s roster.

  4. Ultimately, he’ll be too slow for Archie’s game/style. Fear and carefulness surrounding chances of an injury presenting itself again will add to an already deliberate style in his game.
    Wish him the best but I think our athleticism(more than just overall better size throughout a lineup ) will be his most difficult mountain to climb. Pace and ‘in your face’ is what I expect from Archie…rather than ‘weaves to nowhere’ and careless defense. Conditioning will be key….along with quickness. Sort of troubling how it appears he’s still a big ‘if.’

  5. Achilles injury for anyone his size with his style of play…Davis is not light on his fee and is more of a lumbering style that puts a lot of stress on ankles and feet. This injury is a tough one for him.

    1. I’ve ruptured an achilles tendon…while playing basketball, in fact. It has a much greater effect on quick, explosive movements than a ‘lumbering style’ of play. It would affect a point guard far more than it would a center.

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