Recruiting is a 24/7 effort for Tom Crean and his staff, who are really starting to flex their muscles nationwide. Last night, it was reported that Indiana had extended an offer to Class of 2016 forward, DeRon Davis. The 6’8” 210 lbs. power forward from Colorado is already receiving a lot of buzz, and some think he could be one of the top few players in the 2016 class, if not THE top player. His AAU coach, Art Williams told reporters “one of the best” could be an understatement. He has received notable interest from his homestate school, Colorado, as well as Arizona, Arkansas, and Indiana.
Davis becomes the second 2016 prospect to receive an offer from Indiana. He joins Eron Gordon, a 6’1” PG from Indianapolis, who is thought to have IU right at the top of his current list. Crean has taken this angle of sending in offers early, and so far it has resulted in stocked recruiting classes, but scholarships are vanishing quickly. Either way, you have to trust Crean’s judgement at this point in time. He, along with his staff, has proven to be one of the most influential forces in recruiting.
DeRon has great length, which he combines with great agility. He is a force in the paint and his post game has improved steadily. If he continues to grow and develop on the same path, he should be one of the top big men in the 2016 class. He impressed a lot of scouts with his performance at the adidas Invitational and Crean decided now was the time to pull the trigger. Davis and Gordon would be two great pieces to lock up early in the recruiting process.