By Zach Osterman
(Nov. 19, 2014) – Devin Davis is heading home.
According to a social media post from his father, Devin Davis Sr., the IU sophomore forward and Warren Central alum was able to move home from the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana on Wednesday. Indiana coach Tom Crean confirmed the news as well in a press conference Wednesday.
Heading home, God is so good. Now ready for the next step http://t.co/RiiTzQ3vaU
— Devsr (@DevinDavisSr) November 19, 2014
Crean confirmed that Davis will stay in Indianapolis while he works through outpatient therapy.
“I love Devin’s spirit right now,” Crean said.
Davis has been hospitalized — first in Bloomington and more recently in Indianapolis — since being hit by a car driven by teammate Emmitt Holt early on the morning of Nov. 1. Holt had just dropped Davis off in the parking lot of Memorial Stadium and pulled back onto 17th Street in Bloomington, when Davis unexpectedly reentered the road way.
He suffered what Crean has repeatedly described since as a “traumatic brain injury.” Davis was moved from Bloomington Hospital to the Indianapolis facility nearly a week after his accident.
As recently as six days ago, Davis was able to leave the hospital briefly, to attend his sister’s basketball game at Warren.
Crean again declined to get too specific with Davis’ injury Wednesday, but he preached cautious optimism, as he has throughout his player’s recovery.
“He’s been in great hands with people,” Crean said. “Do I see somebody that is getting better? Absolutely. Do I see somebody that is excited about the future, is anxious to be back, but at the same time knows he has some long days? Absolutely. …
“He’s still in a long haul, and I think everybody needs to understand it. What that long hual means, I’m not sure the experts know.”
Teammates and coaches have visited Davis regularly since his injury, both in Bloomington and in Indianapolis.
Because they met with the media not long after Davis Sr. broke Wednesday’s good news, neither Yogi Ferrell nor Nick Zeisloft knew Davis had been discharged.
“It makes us feel great, man,” Ferrell said. “I definitely want Devin back here as soon as possible. As soon as we get out of here, I’m gonna go say what’s up to him.”
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