Crean said no decision has yet been made on Davis' status, but said there are plans in place for both scenarios. Indiana is also unsure whether Davis will be able to use a redshirt or not, but my belief is that he will be granted one if he does not end up playing this year.
Davis, who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was struck by a car on Nov. 1 by teammate Emmitt Holt, has been rehabbing in Indianapolis as an outpatient since late November. Davis has been making regular trips back to Bloomington and has attended several home games at Assembly Hall.
Davis has not yet returned to classes since the accident and won't be allowed to return to the team until he is completely cleared by his doctors. They would like to see how he responds to rehab over the next several weeks before making any decision on his playing status for the rest of the season.
“His attitude’s been great,” Crean said. “He works extremely hard in Indianapolis. He came to our practice Thursday and he comes to the games. Hopefully, we’re gonna get him cleared to where he can sit on the bench with us.
“Our whole thing with him is his long-term health. Do we miss him? There’s no question we miss him. We miss him on a personal level and we miss him on a basketball level. He was, inch-for-inch, pound-for-pound, one of our best rebounders and toughest guys. We missed that in those types of games, but his long-term health and prognosis is far and away the most important thing.”