The Indianapolis native and Warren Central grad wasn't ranked in the top 100 by any recruiting service. Some scouts worried that he didn't have a position in college.
That may be true, but it also may not matter. The 6-foot-7 Davis opened a lot of eyes in Indiana's 100-72 season-opening win over Chicago State on Friday night.
His stat line: 10 points (5-of-7 FG), nine rebounds and three blocked shots in 14 minutes.
"It came pretty fast," Davis said afterward. "You've just got to play relaxed. There are guys out on the court that will help you get through it, and if you make a mistake, they'll just tell you, 'The next play.'"
Davis missed some practice time due to injury and didn't play in Indiana's first exhibition game, but he seems to be making up ground quickly. He's also arguably Indiana's best overall defender.
Dildy: 'Hollowell going to play for a lot of money'
Sophomore forward Jeremy Hollowell led the Hoosiers in scoring with 16 points on Friday night. Hollowell, who scored nine of his points at the foul line, also had four rebounds and blocked four shots.
"He's only scratching the surface," Indiana coach Tom Crean said afterward
Hollowell was in the starting lineup for the first time in his career, and he continues to see some time at point guard. Chicago State coach Tracy Dildy had nothing but good things to say about the Indianapolis native.
"I'm a big fan of his," Dildy said. "I watched him in high school, so I've been a fan of his for a while. I think he's one of the most complete players on this team because he's so versatile. His skill level at his height is major.
"He's going to play for a lot of money when coach Crean get through with him at Indiana."
Areas to improve
Early in the season, there are always plenty of areas a team can improve. That's especially true for a team as young as the Hoosiers.
"There's probably a five-page laundry list of things we have to be better at," Crean said.
Indiana turned the ball over 19 times, which is far too many, even against a trapping/pressure team like Chicago State.
Indiana made only one 3-pointer (Jeremy Hollowell). While that number needs to increase, it's not all that negative. The Hoosiers only attempted eight 3-pointers in the game, which means they weren't chucking up shots with a big lead in the second half.
"They didn't hunt shots," Crean said. "As a young team, they didn't take the first 3 they saw. I think that's really, really important. You don't want to get into a settling mode, because that's not our strength."
***Hanner Mosquera-Perea is much better, not only because of the noticeable things like the monster dunk he had Friday night, but also the small things. He usually makes the easy pass. He always finds a guard before taking a dribble. His free-throw release is much more fluid. Things like that will help Mosquera-Perea be a regular part of the rotation for the duration of the season.
***Will Sheehey narrowly missed a double double with 10 points and nine rebounds and was very active.
***Indiana's 45 made free throws were a school record.
***Indiana had 62 rebounds, outrebounding Chicago State by 26.