The University of Indiana offered good news Sunday when it released a statement saying that sophomore forward Devin Davis was in better condition after being hit by a teammate's car in the wee hours of the morning Saturday.
"I am glad to report that Devin is doing better this morning and has benefited from uninterrupted rest," said Larry Rink, the team's physician. "His speech in normal and he has the use of all extremities."
The news was a welcome relief after the college basketball world watched from afar, after hearing the terrible news that an athlete had unwittingly been injured by his own teammate. The release said that Davis was injured after a car accident with freshman Emmitt Holt.
Holt was driving his car, but Davis was on foot when the accident happened.
It was early Saturday morning. According to a Bloomington Police Department statement, Holt was dropping off Davis around 1 a.m. on the school's campus. He was later determined to have been driving with a blood alcohol content level of .025 -- an amount that would be illegal for the under-age basketball player, but not necessarily one that signifies impairment.
The police as much as confirmed that by saying Holt had drank alcohol, but did not seem to be intoxicated. After dropping off his teammate, Holt went to pull out of the parking lot.
"For reasons unknown, all witnesses indicated that Davis then entered the roadway and was struck by the front passenger side of Holt's vehicle," the police report says. "Upon the arrival of emergency personnel, Davis was located lying on the north side of E. 17th Street. He was unconscious and had a head injury."
He was rushed to the hospital and originally listed as being in serious condition, which sparked concern from across the country as reports circulated.
On Sunday afternoon, Davis' parents and siblings released a statement through the school's athletic department.
"As all parents can understand, the last 36 hours have been difficult for us and for all of those who care about our son," the statement read.
"Devin's condition is improving and we know that there is a road to recovery ahead."
The sophomore started in two games during Indiana's summer trip to Canada, averaging 8 points with a team-leading 7.6 rebounds. He was expected to be an important contributor this season, though may need to take time before returning to the court.
Indiana coach Tom Crean gave his own thoughts and was thankful that his player wasn't worse off. "Too often in life, we all take for granted the simple tasks of opening our eyes, processing thoughts and putting a simple sentence together," Crean said. "We appreciate the concern, calls, texts, and thoughts and prayers we have received."
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