Indianapolis – Could someone actually be working on Jeremiah Davis any harder than IU Coach Tom Crean?
Ever since offering the Muncie (Ind.) Central point guard shortly after taking over the IU program two years ago, it's clear that Crean hasn't let up on the 6'3" Class of 2011 product. But Davis said one of his AAU teammates is in his ear as much as anyone about his college future.
That teammate is IU-commit Austin Etherington, a 6'6" Hamilton Heights (Ind.) shooting guard who is in his second season playing alongside Davis on the AAU circuit. Etherington's hope is that they'll continue playing alongside each other as members of Crean's IU basketball team.
"(Etherington) definitely does want to play with me in college," Davis said over the weekend at the IndyBall.com AAU event in Indianapolis. "He tries to get me just as much as Crean does."
Etherington admits he's become an IU pitch man when the two are together competing with Mark Adams' loaded Team Indiana Elite 17-and-under squad. With the recent decommitment of point guard and fellow Team Indiana Elite player Matt Carlino, Etherington is well aware of the need of a point guard.
Thanks for his AAU experiences, Etherington doesn't think there are too many any better than Davis.
"He's a great point guard, he's athletic and he loves the game," Etherington said. "He also likes seeing everyone else on the team succeed. When a point guard wants others to do well, that's a very good thing."
So Etherington will continue to work on Davis, as will Crean. There's some speculation that Davis' decision could come shortly after Pike's Marquis Teague makes his choice, although Davis wouldn't pin a choice down to potentially that short of a time frame.
"It depends on when I feel things fall into line," Davis said. "That's when I'll make my choice."
He'll be choosing from plenty of quality options. Indiana, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Miami (Fla.), Dayton, Xavier, Ohio State, Purdue and Ball State are among the schools pursuing him. Davis said he also hasn't closed the door on other schools if they decide they want to get involved.
"It's still wide open right now," Davis said. "Over time, I'll just end up picking one that I feel everything is right."
Etherington and Crean, of course, believe everything would be right for him in Bloomington.
"(Austin) says he'd love to play with me in the college ranks," Davis said.
"About the same thing – he'd love to coach me."
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