Danny Fisher admitted he had never seen a recruitment develop quite like De'ron Davis' did.

From Grade 8 phenom on coach Tom Crean's radar, to a ninth-grader with an Indiana University offer, to plucking an Indiana hat off of a table at Overland High School in suburban Denver on Thursday, Davis' route to Bloomington has been paved through years of relationship-building and persistence — on both sides.

"On the shoe company basketball scene, you see these phenoms offered in the eighth grade, but so often, it’s fluff, and so many things change over the course of time," Fisher, Davis' high school coach at Overland, told The Indianapolis Star after the announcement in Aurora, Colo. "I’ve never seen so much consistency, in their message to him, the vision they’ve had for him since he was an eighth-grader."

Indiana's 2016 recruiting class got a crowning jewel in the post when Davis, a 6-10 forward, picked the Hoosiers over Mississippi State.

Fisher said Davis will sign his national letter of intent and fax it to Indiana on Friday morning.

Davis was ranked 38th among 2016 recruits in the country, according to the 247Sports.comComposite on Thursday night, and the No. 10 power forward.

After making his announcement, Davis credited the "family atmosphere" he found in Bloomington during his official visit as crucial to his decision. He also said he was impressed with "how (players) compete at practice, make each other better."

Ultimately, though, the driving force was Crean's persistence with a player he first offered a scholarship to as a high school freshman.