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2016 forward De'Ron Davis is taking his official visit to Indiana this weekend. Here's why that is so my important.

Highly-touted 2016 big man De'Ron Davis will be on campus at Indiana this weekend for his first official visit, a trip that's been a long time coming. The Hoosiers started recruiting Davis when he was in the eighth grade and have been high on him ever since.

Davis is also still considering Arizona, Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi State and UCONN, but this weekend's trip to Bloomington is his only scheduled official visit at this point. Davis, a 6-foot-9 forward from Colorado, originally cut his list to three schools, but decided to add three others back in after reconsidering things. He can take up to five official visits.

Indiana made Davis a top priority during the three July evaluation periods as new Texas coach Shaka Smart and his staff made a hard push after the top 50 prospect. Indiana had at least two coaches at all of his games at Adidas' Las Vegas event during the final evaluation period of July.

Davis averaged 16.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game for Overland High School last season and led the school to its first ever state title. Tom Crean had an in-home visit with Davis and his mother on Sept. 9.

This weekend's official visit is an important one for the Hoosiers because Davis is among their top interior options in 2016, an area in which Indiana is thin right now. Top Stories