Indiana turns up the heat on De'Ron Davis

The Hoosiers showed De'Ron Davis how much they want him in the 2016 class by sending three coaches to one of his games in Vegas on Thursday. Get the latest on Davis' recruitment here.

LAS VEGAS --- Indiana has been recruiting 2016 forward De'Ron Davis for more than two years now -- as long as any school -- but Tom Crean and Co. haven't taken their focus off the elite big man.

Indiana turned up the heat by sending three coaches to watch one of Davis' games in Vegas on Thursday afternoon, reaffirming to Davis that he is a top priority in 2016. Crean, Chuck Martin and Rob Judson were all on hand for the game, as was Texas coach Shaka Smart and others.

Texas has come hard since Smart got the job, but Crean remains determined to do anything in his power to get Davis to Indiana.

"Texas is coming pretty hard right now, Arizona is picking it up more," Davis told "Indiana's coming pretty hard, too. They're all pretty much trying to take it to the next level."

Davis, a 6-foot-10 forward and four-star prospect, told he will cut his list to five or six schools within the next week. He will take his official visits "later in the fall."

What are those schools likely to be?

"Texas, Indiana, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Arkansas," Davis said.

Davis said Texas won't be penalized for recruiting him so late, but he said he certainly respects the schools that have been recruiting him since the beginning, like Indiana and Colorado.

And when Indiana sent three coaches to his game on Thursday, he certainly noticed.

"It means a lot," Davis said. "It shows that the whole staff is into it. To me, it's showing a lot of love.

"It does play a big part since they've been coming so long, but I'm just looking for the best opportunity for me and what's gonna help me succeed at the next level." Top Stories