Indiana’s front court this season will have plenty of options.
Top-50 prospect De'Ron Davis, the highest ranked of Indiana’s incoming freshmen, is looking forward to competing for a starting spot.
“I’m going to try to come in and start,” the 6-foot-10, 240-pound power forward/center told Peegs.com today.
“I’ll do whatever coach (Tom) Crean wants, and I’ll do it to the best of my ability. There are already some really good players there like TB (Thomas Bryant) and OG (Anunoby).”
Davis, ranked No. 44 in the Scout.com 2016 national rankings, is currently finishing some academic work at Overland High School in Aurora, Colo.
He said everything is on track and he expects to arrive at IU probably sometime in later August.
He said he definitely will be at IU by the start of school.
“Everything’s good. I’m just finishing up some stuff. I’ll be there, and I’ll be ready,” he said.
He’s working right now on basketball and his physique.
“I’m keeping my conditioning strong. Coach L (IU strength coach Lyonel Anderson) is a great strength coach. He’s worked with pros,” Davis said.
“My basketball focus is just being in the best shape I can be in, be ready for two-a-days, be ready to play, ready to work, ready to help the team win.”
Davis said he expects his early role to “do the dog stuff” and he’s also working on his shooting range, which he expanded as a high school senior and in his final July of AAU.
“Rebounding, defending, that’s will power. That’s want-to,” he said. “Being on defense, getting rebounds, making hustle plays, those are dog plays,” he said with pride.
“I’ve been working on elbow jumpers and being able to shoot up top, trail 3s, pick and pop 3s.”
Davis said he’s in regular contact with Crean and the IU staff as well as players he’s gotten to know already such as Curtis Jones, Bryant and Anunoby.
“I text with Curtis a lot. I’ve known TB for a while now. I was really young playing up the first time I met him and we’ve seen each other at different things like adidas Nations.”