There were a few quick-hitting news stories related to Indiana Basketball the past few days. Here are a few headlines in case you missed them.
De’Ron Davis signs in Ireland
Former Indiana center De’ron Davis signed his first professional contract with Killester Dublin Basketball Club in Ireland. Davis came into college with loads of talent and potential but struggled with injuries his entire career. Even through all the injuries, the talent is still there. Hopefully Davis is able to piece together some healthy seasons and blossom into the player he never got the chance to be at Indiana.
Maui Invitational Bracket Announced
Indiana will be competing in the 2020 “Maui” Invitational, and their opponent was revealed Wednesday morning. I put Maui in quotes because the tournament will actually take place in Asheville, North Carolina due to Coronavirus alterations. The Hoosiers will take on Providence in the first round of the relocated tournament.
Providence finished 19-12 last season and 12-6 in the Big East, good enough for 4th place in the conference. However, two of their top three scorers — Alpha Diallo and Luwane Pipkins — have graduated.
This Providence team won’t be a pushover, but Indiana should expect to win this game.
Trayce Jackson-Davis getting national attention
Trayce Jackson-Davis made college basketball analyst Andy Katz’ list of 10 potential player of the year candidates. Katz had Davis at number nine and expects a major improvement from the sophomore. Other notables on the list are Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu at number two and Iowa’s Luka Garza at number one.
If you’d like to read more about expectations for Jackson-Davis’ sophomore season, we have an article about it here.