Jackson-Davis indicates he’s not testing NBA Draft waters

As the deadline for declaring for the NBA draft approached Sunday night, Indiana freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis could have very well thrown his name in the mix.

But with one tweet of a highlight video Sunday afternoon — titled “Year 2 #Unfinished Business” — it appears the 6-foot-9 forward wanted to put that speculation to rest.

With the return of Jackson-Davis, IU’s prospects for 2020-21 remain bright. The third-team All-Big Ten selection led the Hoosiers in multiple categories, including points (13.5 per game), rebounds (8.4), blocked shots (1.84), field goal percentage (56.6%), and free throws made and attempted (115-168).

Of course, the Hoosier forward still has areas where he can improve to make himself a better pro prospect. He could use a better midrange game, more post moves, and more strength for the defensive end of the floor. Returning to IU will give him a chance to work on those areas.

Players can declare for the draft and not hire an agent to remain eligible for a return to the college ranks, but Jackson-Davis doesn’t appear to be taking it that far. Last year, Devonte Green, Al Durham, and Justin Smith all declared for the draft but later withdrew after receiving feedback from the NBA.

Green and fellow senior De’Ron Davis are the only Hoosiers currently seeking work in the professional basketball ranks. The only other known departure from this past season’s roster is sophomore Damezi Anderson, who announced earlier this week he has entered the transfer portal.

4 comments

  1. Really? Did anyone believe TJD would be going to the NBA after his freshman year? He’s a smart young man and I believe he’s got a few men in his life who can provide him great advice/guidence. Furthermore, I don’t think his family’s financial situation compels him to go pro immediately. Another year of physical development (stronger) and improving his shooting skills/range, and TJD may be a lottery pick.

    How many college BB players have declared for this year’s NBA Draft? There’s only 60 draft picks, so a lot of them are going to be playing in the D-league, going overseas or ending their careers early. I understand the lure of NBA money, but there’s got to be a better way to protect these young men from forfeiting their education. Here’s a list of ideas that could help:
    1. Move the date of the NBA Draft up to late April/early May.
    2. Amend the rule so that players who go un-drafted and who don’t sign with agents recover their their eligibility.
    3. If they can’t recover eligibility to continue playing in college, at least allow them to continue their education on scholarship.

    Leaving college to get drafted, then going un-drafted and forfeiting their scholarships, is creating carnage to far too many young men with otherwise promising futures.

    1. Po,
      As much as I despise what the nba has done to college athletics, I’m not sure an earlier draft date is doable. The problem is the endless nba season is still ongoing and won’t finish until June. If I remember correctly the contract years don’t end until the season ends. If that is the case, then the teams have no way of knowing where their rosters are going until the season ends.

      TJD is very fortunate to have both parents who were professional athletes and understand what it is all about. The bigger problem is the developmental leagues starting to hire top prospects straight out of high school. Saw where a top college prospect a few days back signed a contract for 500k a year. How can the colleges compete with that in the mind of a teenager who may or may not be getting the best advice?

  2. think, who cares if the NBA season isn’t over by the time the NBA Draft is held? Everyone knows who the worst NBA teams are by that point in the season and therefor which teams will be in the draft lottery. Their odds should be based on their records as of the date of the draft. And besides, that’s not a good enough reason to jeopardize the future of hundreds of young men every year!

    If I’m the Czar of the NCAA, I’d unilaterally change the rules so that kids who get drafted, as long as they have not signed a contract or obtained an agent, could choose whether to return to play in college or sign with an NBA team. I’d yank the NBA’s safety net out from underneath them so fast that we’d all hear NBA owners howling from inside our man caves. I’d significantly increase the leverage the players have relative to the NBA owners and give the players more power, the power that comes from having real choices. A kid who decides that getting drafted late in the second round is not good enough could say, “no thanks, I’m going back to college for another year, two or three.”

    The NBA’s greed has damaged college BB and affected the lives of thousands of young men over the years. The balance of power needs to be shifted toward young men coming out of college, and the NCAA should step up and provide far greater protection for these young men. These guys, many of who are still teenagers, deserve to be able to make an informed choice and avoid being coerced into playing “Russian roulette” with their futures. Too bad the NCAA is such a weak, corrupt and feckless organization.

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