Jackson-Davis named a Malone Award finalist

Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis was one of a handful of power forwards named a finalist for the Karl Malone Award on Thursday.

The 6-foot-9 sophomore from Greenwood is joined by Gonzaga’s Drew Timme, Pittsburgh’s Justin Champagnie, Seton Hall’s Sandro Mamukelashvili, and Villanova’s Jeremiah Robinson-Earl.

Jackson-Davis, who has previously been named to watch lists for the Wooden and Naismith overall player of the year awards, leads the Hoosiers with 20.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game. Those averages rank third, second, and fifth in the Big Ten conference, respectively.

Jackson-Davis has been an incredibly effective scorer as of late, dropping games of 23, 20, 34, and 21 points in his last four. Unfortunately, IU has a 1-3 record in those contests.

But few teams, regardless, have leaned on a post player more than Jackson-Davis. Because of a lack of frontcourt depth, Jackson-Davis is playing 34.3 minutes per game, which ranks third in the conference.

For the most part, he’s produced. IU’s star forward has surpassed 20 points on 14 occassions this season, including two games of 30-plus. He has a team-high 10 double-doubles.

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  1. There’s Phinisee with the big smile again…..while the Minnesota kid looks seriously invested in the game.
    Nice honor for Trayce….but the picture tells more of the story as it pertains to the current state of affairs.
    Did any kid ever have smiley moments on the court like that under Knight? Maybe Isiah….or when final championship nets were about to be cut down. My guess is the game is young in the above picture with zero hints of an outcome.

    We should change our nickname from the ‘Hurryin’ Hoosiers’ …to the ‘Happy-Go-Lucky Hoosiers’

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