NBA news: Trayce Jackson-Davis, a junior forward for Indiana men’s basketball, revealed this on Twitter on Saturday.
He revealed that he will enter the NBA Draft in 2022. Jackson-Davis will keep his eligibility, which means he may return to Indiana if he goes undrafted.
“These last three years at Indiana have been a blessing. And I have treasured every second of wearing the candy stripes uniform with pride”. Jackson-Davis said in the post.
Jackson-Davis had considered entering the NBA Draft following the 2020-21 season. But he was persuaded to stay at Indiana by newly appointed head coach Mike Woodson to stay another year.
With a 21-14 overall record, Jackson-Davis led the Hoosiers with 18.3 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game this season. He lead the club to its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2016. For his performance, he was chosen to the All-Big Ten Defensive Team and the All-Big Ten Tournament team.
Should Jackson-Davis’ time at Indiana come to an end, he will leave with a slew of individual honors. With 1,588 points, he is the 15th highest in program history. And he is only the second Hoosier player (together with Alan Henderson) to ever score more than 1,500 points, 750 rebounds, and 150 blocks.
Jackson-Davis’ draft stock seems to be all over the map at this point
“I’d want to express my gratitude to my family and coaches for their unwavering support throughout the years,” Jackson-Davis stated. “To my teammates: I’m grateful for friendships that extend beyond the court, and a special gratitude to the fans who packed Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall each week.”
When Trayce Jackson-Davis assured IU basketball coach Mike Woodson that he would stay for another season when Woodson was hired last spring, he meant it. There’s still a possibility Jackson-Davis may return, but he’ll have to see how much the NBA wants him first.
The three-time All-Big Ten forward revealed his decision to join the NBA draft, but he will keep his eligibility to return to Bloomington for a fourth season.
Jackson-Davis’ draught status appears to be all over the place right now, so testing the waters will give him a good idea of how NBA teams perceive him.
During his time at Indiana, the 6-9, 245-pounder has shown he can score near the basket, run the floor, block shots, and rebound, but he has seldom demonstrated he can step out and make jump shots.
He hasn’t hit a 3-pointer in three years at Indiana. And he’s only made a handful of attempts from beyond 10 feet. In a four-game run that included the Hoosiers’ three Big Ten tournament games. And the opening game of the NCAA tournament, he averaged 26.3 points per game. This included the Hoosiers’ three Big Ten tournament games.