Call him a dog.
It’s OK. It really is. He relishes it.
De’Ron “The dog” Davis.
Yeah, that’d work just fine for Indiana’s 6-foot-10 freshman.
It really would. He’d read it and go “That’s me.”
“Whatever he needs me to do,” the four-star forward/center said of his conversations with Indiana coach Tom Crean.
“I’m trying to be a leader on the floor, be a dog. I’m here to get those dog points.”
“Loose balls. Offensive rebounds. Defensive rebounds. Do stuff other people won’t do.”
De'Ron Davis arrived on campus at Indiana recently.
The 6-foot-10 prospect is ranked No. 44 nationally by scout.com in the 2016 class.
Davis joins a front court that includes 6-foot-10 center Thomas Bryant and other talented and experienced players.
Davis arrived at IU this past week, but has been in regular communication with Crean throughout the spring and summer.
“I’ve been expanding my game, as you know. He’s been stressing trail 3, corner 3, really spacing the floor, really being more of a four. Let TB go to work in the post,” Davis said.
“Even though IU likes to run and gun and get a lot of 3-point shots up, if I can stretch the floor, I can touch the floor a lot.”
Davis, entering college, is more advanced defensively than offensively.
Watching him play in person with the Colorado Hawks in AAU over several years, it’s clear he’s made significant strides in post defense, both from a position standpoint and an understanding of the position.
“I realized I’m not going to always be the most athletic or biggest person. Playing AAU, I’m not the most athletic player. Timing, knowing when to jump …. Learning how to block shots.
“Defense wins games in the clutch. I really pride myself on that.”
As a senior in high school at Overland, he faced regular double teams. His shooting from the elbow and baseline made notable strides.
There were other advancements.
“It’s not one set thing, my overall game got better. Throughout the season,” Davis said.
“Probably being a leader on the court stood out a lot, being more aggressive on the defensive end kicked in toward the middle of the season.
“Overall throughout my whole senior season, I think my game improved overall.”
Davis won consecutive state titles in Colorado at Overland High School.
“It’s a blessing to win state with a group of guys I came into high school with,” Davis said. “We grew up together. Winning state for the first and second time with my friends was pretty cool.”
As for Colorado Mr. Basketball, Davis was humble.
It takes teammates, he said. And work.
“Just knowing the work I put into my game paid off,” he said. “To win Colorado Mr. Basketball was pretty cool.”