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August 19, 2014

Canada review: Devin Davis Jr.

Devin Davis Jr. didn't waste any time in making an impact during the team's trip to Montreal. On the opening game of the tour the 6-foot-7 forward came off the bench to yank down 16 rebounds in just 19 minutes of playing time.

Two nights later in Indiana's only tour loss against Ottawa, Davis was a little more human, grabbing just three boards and scoring eight points in 22 minutes of play.

Despite the drop off in production, Davis got his first start of the trip the next night at Carleton.

The sophomore responded in a big way, hitting all six of his shots from the floor, grabbing six boards and scoring 13 points to help Indiana knock off the four-time defending national champs of Canada, 95-85.

"It was actually (IU assistant) Tim Buckley's recommendation, and it was a good one," said Tom Crean after the Carleton win.

Davis knew he needed to regain some of that game one effort or focus.

"The one thing coach Crean preached to me was being more consistent and just being tough the whole game," said Davis.

Like fellow soph Troy Williams, Davis pointed out that his added offseason strength has really helped him on the court.

"It helps me a lot in being able to guard the post," said Davis. "Coach (Je'Ney) Jackson has done a good job of keeping me conditioned so I can still switch on to some guards and smaller people and be versatile to guard the forwards and the bigs."

Crean continued to start Davis over the final two games and he played well, including a 10 rebound game in the finale win over UQAM.

"I think he has worked hard at (improving), but there is a lot of room for him to work even harder and develop," said Crean after the McGill win. "What he wants to erase is having 16 rebounds in 19 minutes the first night and then getting three rebounds in 22 minutes the next night. Those are the inconsistencies that he wants to erase."

After the trip was over the Indianapolis native led the Hoosier team over the five games in both field goal percentage (77.8 %) and rebounding (7.6 rpg).

Obviously with Noah Vonleh and Will Sheehey gone, Davis has an opportunity to become a fixture this season in the Hoosier frontcourt. As a freshman last year his time was limited (8.8 minutes per game). He shot 52.9 percent from the floor while averaging 2.4 points and 2.6 boards per game. He had some solid performances late in the season including a nine point (4-for-4 FG), six board game in a March 8th loss at Michigan.

By the numbers

A look at Davis's cumulative or five game numbers in Canada:

Minutes per game: 21.4 Rebounds per game: 7.6
Scoring average: 8.0 Assists per game: 1.2
Field Goals: 14-18 (77.8%) Turnovers per game: 1.4
3-pt Field Goals: 0-0 Blocks per game: 0.6
Free Throws: 12-20 (60.0%) Steals per game: 0.6

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