BLOOMINGTON — The wait for Indiana’s highest-profile 2016 signee to reach campus may be approaching its end.
De’Ron Davis, a 6-10 forward and the No. 40 overall player in the most recent senior class, according to the 247Sports Composite, has spent the summer at home in Colorado fulfilling required academic obligations. Davis’ coach confirmed to IndyStar on Friday that those obligations are nearly behind him.
“He’s almost done and has done really well,” said Danny Fisher, Davis’ coach at Overland High School. “(He) finishes next week and is expected to be on campus Aug. 21.”
Classes begin in Bloomington on Aug. 22.
A prolific shot blocker and rebounder in high school, Davis’ is the highest-rated member of IU’s 2016 class. He has been a longtime target for coach Tom Crean and is expected to bolster one of the country’s most versatile frontcourts, filling in behind Thomas Bryant, Collin Hartman and OG Anunoby.
He is not the only member of Indiana’s incoming class to have spent the summer elsewhere. Junior college transfer wing/forward Freddie McSwain stayed at Neosho County Community College in Kansas to complete one final academic requirement as well. McSwain tweeted Friday that he will arrive in Bloomington this weekend.
Freshmen Grant Gelon, Curtis Jones and Devonte Green arrived in Bloomington in June, allowing them to enroll in summer classes and participate in offseason workouts.
The Hoosiers will try to defend their Big Ten title this winter, after winning the league outright and advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in 2016. They open Nov. 11 against Kansas, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
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