Decision Nearing for Davis?

Bloomington - After a very successful summer with the Team Indiana Elite 16-and-under squad, Muncie's Jeremiah Davis has been attracting interest on a national level. Indiana, meanwhile, remains very interested and very much in the hunt for the Class of 2011 standout...

Bloomington – With so much of the attention surrounding IU basketball recruiting focused on national prospects, there's a player a little bit closer to home that shouldn't be forgotten about.

Muncie's Jeremiah Davis.

He's the 6-2, 180-pounder from Muncie Central H.S. that IU Coach Tom Crean offered a scholarship to after less than one month on the job last spring. The Hoosiers' interest has appeared to intensify as of late, with member of Crean's coaching staff on hand to watch Davis' Team Indiana Elite 16-and-under squad at just about every opportunity last month.

There were plenty of those opportunities to see Davis' team, which made deep runs on a weekly basis this spring and summer. Their AAU season included titles at the Kentucky Grassroots Shootout and the Spiece Run-n-Slam event along with a runner-up finish at the summer-ending adidas Super 64 Showcase in Las Vegas (Team Indiana Elite had to forfeit the championship game due to travel arrangements).

"The spring and summer was really important for me to try to help my team win some championships," said Davis. "I think we only lost five or six games all summer, so that was a great accomplishment for us all."

Davis played alongside plenty of other D-I prospects such as Austin Etherington, Dee Davis, Vinny Zollo and Deng Leek, but no one on the team is any more important to the team's success than Davis. He's a gifted ball handler and distributor who can also put the ball on the floor and attack the rim, particularly in transition.

Those are skills that many coaches have been well aware of for some time, as he was offered scholarships by both IU and Kentucky after his freshman season. Following his solid AAU season he's hearing from plenty of others as well. Tennessee, Miami (Fla.), Xavier and Purdue have offered, while Ohio State and Wake Forest are among many others now showing interest.

Indiana, meanwhile, has remained front and center with Davis, and the Hoosiers remain in very good standing with the Indiana product.

"Indiana is a great school – they're one of the tops on my list," Davis said. "I love Coach Crean and his style of play. He says I'm a very big priority for him."

Davis says Crean's pick-and-roll offense is a very good fit for his abilities, but that there's more to like than the coach and his offense. He said the opportunity to stay close to home and be a part of returning the program to national prominence isn't lost on him.

"He's trying to sell me on the idea of helping bring back the tradition, and that would be a big thing if the class of '11 brought back the tradition to IU," Davis said. "That would be very exciting, like when I came back to Muncie."

With a very successful AAU season behind him, Davis can now return to focusing in on some of his college possibilities – Indiana included. While he has a lengthy list of schools to consider, he said he likely won't cut any teams from his list.

"I probably won't narrow it down – I'll probably just pick a school," Davis said.

That choice, meanwhile, couldn't come sooner than people think. Davis said he doesn't have a timetable for a college decision, but admits things are clearing up to some degree.

"I feel I'm getting closer to a decision," Davis said. "I have to speak it over with my family first, but we'll see what happens."


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