Trayce Jackson-Davis announces he’s staying for a third year

Report from Indy Star’s Zach Osterman:

Mike Woodson’s first season at IU got the biggest boost imaginable Friday afternoon, when rising junior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis announced he plans to return for a third season in college.

Widely regarded as one of the best forwards in the country in 2020-21, Jackson-Davis projected as a potential second-round pick had he opted for this summer’s NBA draft. Instead, according to an announcement posted to his Twitter account Friday, the 2019 IndyStar Mr. Basketball will return for Bloomington for his junior year.

Indiana basketball is something that I have been blessed to be a part of,” Jackson-Davis’ statement read. “After talking with coach Woodson and family, I believe that it is in my best interest to come back for my junior year.

“Hoosier Nation has been down for awhile now and I want to be a part of the change that makes it great again. One last go round with the candy stripes. Let’s get to work!”

A first-team All-Big Ten performer last winter, Jackson-Davis averaged 19.1 points and nine rebounds per game as a sophomore. He was a centerpiece player for a team that spent most of the season on the NCAA tournament bubble, before falling off in late February and March.

In an in-house interview with longtime IU play-by-play broadcaster Don Fischer, Woodson said convincing Jackson-Davis to stay for one more season was a priority for him.

“When I look at the big fella Davis, he’s had a tremendous Big Ten career. I mean, the kid averaged 20 points in the Big Ten. That’s big-time,” Woodson said in that sitdown. “But he’s gotta be able to use his other hand. I’m going to beg for him to stay with me, and talking to his parents, because I think I can help him develop and get to the next level, because there’s some eyes out there that are looking at him.”

Now, Woodson has his wish, and a low-post anchor around which he can build his first team at IU.

13 comments

  1. Good news. Now, get Race & Franklin back. Depending on Brunk’s status, even with Race and Hunter, another Big Guy. Couple in the transfer portal. May have a 3-pointer or two currently but another useful. Stewart ? WTH, another point guard? Maybe Rob pulls it together with the new coaching staff. Not giving up on Rob.

    Keep on keeping on Coach Woodson.

  2. The guy with the white head band in the lead-in picture. Kind of funny to watch. Has a weird running motion and some of his mannerisms don’t jive with macho athletics.

  3. And Self just signed a “lifetime” contract at Kansas. Kansas must be confident that there won’t be much more fallout from Adidas issue.

    1. Just shows how totally feckless the NCAA is. Kansas is giving the NCAA the finger and saying, “we don’t care if our coach is a cheater or not, as long as he wins.”

  4. TJD is a smart young man, has good people around him and he just made a good decision. I hope it works out great for him.

    Yes, I have to think that most of the other Hoosiers in the transfer portal will now re-commit to Woody, but I would not be shocked if two of them transferred.

    As for Rob P., I’d love to see him “pull it together” and have a great senior season. But I worry that he may not be the right guy for Woody’s offense, or may not improve enough to keep his job as IU’s PG and could have significantly reduced playing time next season. If there’s a risk of that, I’d rather Rob transfer so he’s spared the humiliation of getting demoted and sitting for 25 minutes a game. Rob’s a great young man and given how he’s overcome adversity, I just don’t want his last season of college BB to be a negative experience.

  5. As for recruiting transfers to IU, what do you guys think? Will Woody fill all open roster spots immediately, or will he bank a scholarship or two so he can start recruiting his players from the HS ranks?

  6. I think there are so many transfers available that Woodson will have some tough decisions to make. I would like to see Franklin return. He, Jackson Davis and Stewart are the 3 guys that I wanted back. Quite frankly, after that, every position should be open. I hope Rob transfers. He is simply not good enough to be a dynamic point guard to run the IU offense. I wish him well. With all the transfers, it really is an opportunity for Woodson to meld a team of his liking, and who knows, next year, IU could be competitive.

  7. Regarding, R.P. (I am sure he wants to play a lot). However, winning big ten and national championship and/or going undefeated all while getting IU college education/degree would be a very positive experience even if he could only muster a little playing time or as in role player that may not get to many minutes.

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