In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• De’Ron Davis describes his four-year Indiana career
Welcome Hoosier fans to today’s edition of Banner Morning — your daily rundown of IU basketball news and notes.
I’m Cameron Drummond and De’Ron Davis has spoken about his IU career.
The unfortunate reality about the untimely end of the 2019-20 college basketball season was that it deprived a pair of four-year Hoosiers from finally reaching the NCAA Tournament.
Both De’Ron Davis and Devonte Green were part of Tom Crean’s final 2016 recruiting class to Indiana, and after enduring the turmoil that came with Crean’s final season and the growing pains during Archie Miller’s first two campaigns as coach, it seemed like Davis and Green would finally be able to take their well-deserved postseason bow this March.
Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic meant that wouldn’t be the case.
As such, Davis and Green’s final game as IU players came during the opening round Big Ten Tournament win over Nebraska, an occasion which Davis quickly realized was likely the end of the season, even before it was officially announced.
“When we got off the bus back in Bloomington, coach told us we were going to prepare like there’s going to be a tournament,” Davis told Alex Bozich of Inside The Hall earlier this week. “We took Thursday off and then the next day it was like, ‘it’s been a great season.’ It was just all kind of random.”
Davis’ basketball journey deserved a better end.
A versatile scorer and passer during his high school and AAU days, Davis barely had time to flash the potential he had at IU before he was beset by injuries.
Fans can still cling to memories of Davis’ early sophomore season performances, in particular his success against future NBA Draft lottery picks Marvin Bagley and Wendell Carter Jr. during IU’s home game against Duke in November 2017.
But the torn right Achilles tendon he suffered a little more than a month after that game altered his career for good, limiting his mobility and leaving him on the outside looking in with regard to playing time for the rest of his college career.
Davis remains appreciative of his time at Indiana though, taking time to praise Miller’s practice style and the coach’s passion on and off the court.
As for the next chapter in his basketball career, Davis hopes to soon select a talent agency to represent him with the hopes of continuing his playing days overseas.
“Time didn’t really go by fast, if you think about it,” Davis told Bozich. “Maybe it was just my mindset, but my freshman year was a long time ago. And I’m happy that it’s over and I can focus on basketball and trying to get better.”
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