Indiana in heavy pursuit of rising juniors Eron Gordon and De'Ron Davis

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

De'Ron Davis (adidas)
Indiana has taken notice of junior De'Ron Davis. (adidas)

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LAS VEGAS -- Indiana is in an interesting scholarship position. The Hoosiers don't have a single senior on the roster and only have one scholarship remaining for the class of 2015. With attrition and other possible departures, they could have some more open up -- but for now, Tom Crean can't take too many commitments from rising seniors.

The class of 2016 is a different story. There are four juniors on the roster, and have zero commitments thus far from the class. As a result, they have plenty of targets among rising high school juniors.

Two of the prime targets are Eron Gordon and De'Ron Davis, two top-40 prospects.

Gordon is, of course, the younger brother of Eric Gordon and Evan Gordon, who both spent time in Bloomington. He's a talented scoring guard who can score in a variety of ways. At 6-foot-2, he's a little bit short to play the two at the next level, so he's working on becoming a better all-around point guard.

Kentucky, Michigan and Duke are showing interest, while Purdue, Arizona State and Nebraska have offered. He's taken trips in the past to Michigan, Duke and Purdue.

The elephant in the room, though, is Indiana.

"I've been around Indiana for my entire life," Gordon said. "That's a school I've always liked, so I pretty much know everything about them."

Does that give the Hoosiers the lead for his commitment? Not really, Gordon said.

"It's nice that I know a lot of people there and my brothers went there, but it doesn't really give them an edge," he said.

Another player strongly considering Indiana is De'Ron Davis, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Overland (Colo.).

He can be a dominant inside player, and he's been working on his face-up game and mid-range stroke. Davis' shot is a little flat right now, but he showed an ability to hit 12-15 footers at the Adidas Super 64 last weekend.

"I can pass the ball, I know my spots on the floor," Davis said. "I draw the double-team. If you do double, I can kick out to shooters. If you don't double, I can kill the one on one."

He's visited Colorado, Arkansas and Indiana, while Arizona, Purdue, Wake Forest, Oregon, Louisville, Duke, Texas, Texas A&M and Ohio State are in pursuit.

Davis came away from his Bloomington very impressed.

"Indiana had one of the best facilities I've seen so far," he said. "Just the way they develop players is pretty good. They help make kids into pros. They develop their bodies. I can get fast easily, but they develop kids into pros and their bodies change dramatically."

Are the Hoosiers in the lead?

"I don't really have a leader leader right now," Davis said. "Indiana is one of my favorites just because I went up there and saw the facility, and I have a great relationship with the coaches."

Gordon is ranked No. 40 in the 247Sports Composite for the class of 2016, while Davis is slotted at No. 21.

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