Bloomington – Jeremiah Davis liked what he saw and what he heard Saturday at Assembly Hall.
The 6'2" junior point guard from Muncie (Ind.) Central H.S. was one of handful of high-level recruits in attendance for Indiana's 90-73 loss to Kentucky over the weekend. While the game didn't turn out how IU Coach Tom Crean had hoped, the Hoosiers were competitive against one of the nation's elite teams and provided on-lookers with further evidence that the program is rebounding under Crean's leadership.
"It makes me feel better about where the Indiana program is," Davis said. "I liked how they competed against Kentucky. Kentucky has NBA players on their team, and I think IU can have some NBA players, too. That's a major boost."
While Indiana's performance and the show of support from the sold-out crowd of 17,000-plus had an impact on Davis, so did Crean. After the game, Davis said he spent about half an hour with IU's coach in the locker room. Crean not only continued to stress how much he'd like to see Davis in an IU uniform, but he also talked about how he'd fit in with what the Hoosiers are doing.
"He was talking about Jeremiah Rivers and what they're doing with him, and how that's a role I could fill if I came there," said Davis. "He also talked to me about how far the program has come from last year."
Rivers has been orchestrating the Hoosier attack from the point guard position, attacking the rim off the dribble, push the pace on the fast break, and creating for his teammates. Of particular interest to Davis was seeing Rivers run the "1-4 low" set, where Rivers' four teammates started the set positioned below the free-throw line. Rivers' mission was to attack his defender off the dribble with the goal of either getting to the rim if no one rotated to help or dropping the ball off to a teammate if help did arrive.
"I loved their style," Davis said. "Seeing Jeremiah Rivers getting to go four low, that was something I was in love with."
Crean and the Hoosier staff is hoping the style of play and improvement from the team will eventually win Davis over when it comes time to make a decision. He remains very interested in Indiana, and Indiana remains very interested in him, but there isn't a time table for a decision.
"Whenever the time is right and whenever I feel I have everything sorted out is when I'll decide," Davis said.
Davis knows Crean is anxious for him to make a decision, but the Hoosier coach continues to wait him out, all the while stressing that no matter who else he is recruiting in the 2010 and 2011 classes, Davis remains a very high priority.
"I know he wants me to come, but he's doing a good job of being patient," Davis said. "I'm grateful for that."
Davis Likes What He Sees and Hears On IU Trip
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