On Wednesday afternoon Indiana announced that De’Ron Davis would miss the remainder of the season. Earlier today, the sophomore big man underwent surgery to repair the torn Achilles tendon in his right leg.
This season Davis played in 15 games and posted averages of 9.6 PPG and 4.3 RPG. Davis was also fourth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage as he was shooting over 60% from the field.
Coming into the season a lot was expected of Davis as he had transformed his body by losing over 20 pounds during the off-season. The transformation came with a lot of work as Davis stayed in Bloomington throughout the summer to work with new strength coach Cliff Marshall.
The short season had its ups and downs for the Colorado native as he struggled to produce consistent results at times. However, Davis did show some flashes of the player many believed he can become down the road. On November 29th, Indiana battled hard against #1 Duke and Davis was a big reason for that. This season, Duke has a great frontcourt anchored by Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr., but Davis was more than able to hold is own in the contest as he finished with 16 points and 5 rebounds in 21 minutes of play.
Indiana has played the last two games without Davis as he was ruled out since suffering the injury during a practice at the end of last week. It will be a group effort for the Hoosiers to replace Davis as they were already thin in the frontcourt, to begin with. Since the injury, freshman Justin Smith has moved into the rotation, and look for that to continue moving forward.
The recovery time for a torn achilles tendon is around 6-9 months, so I would expect De’Ron to be ready for the start of next season.