IU target Trayce Jackson-Davis wants to live up to hype

He’s a five-star forward, a top-25 national recruit and the second-ranked player in the Hoosier state.

But Trayce Jackson-Davis isn’t satisfied by the hype.

The Center Grove product is striving to live up to his potential today, tomorrow and in the years to come.

“The rankings don’t mean nothing when you step in between the lines of the court,” Jackson-Davis said. “Some people just don’t think you’re that good, or that you don’t deserve that, so you always have to play above your potential and all that stuff. People try to come at you and try to give you their best shot every game, so you always have to be on your A game.”

As he’s soared toward the top of the 2019 recruiting class, Jackson-Davis has followed through on that mission. With Romeo Langford now committed to the Hoosiers, Jackson-Davis and AAU teammate Keion Brooks are at the top of Indiana’s 2019 wish list.

Through his first eight games of the Nike EYBL spring circuit, Jackson-Davis is averaging 17.8 points and 6.9 rebounds for Indy Heat.

“You just gotta remember that anything that is given to you can be taken away,” Jackson-Davis said.

Although Jackson-Davis, the son of former Indiana Pacer Dale Davis, doesn’t pay much mind to the fanfare surrounding his game, the excitement is warranted.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound prospect is a strong rebounder, with impressive low-post and mid-range offensive skills. Classified as the ninth-best center in the nation for 2019, Jackson-Davis is a versatile big man unbound to conventional positions.

“I don’t classify myself as a center because centers don’t dribble the ball up the court,” Jackson-Davis said.

His versatility and projectable skill set have attracted high-major attention from all over the country. In recent weeks, he’s hosted in-home visits with Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue, UCLA and Iowa.

The Hoosiers, who have put on the full-court press in Jackson-Davis’ recruitment since Archie Miller’s arrival as coach last spring, are in regular contact with the rising senior.

“They just tell me to always bring my A game,” Jackson-Davis said of his conversations with Miller and his staff. “Just crash the boards all the time and rebound. Then, when you get it, go because they don’t think anyone can stop me.”

At the same time, Purdue is pitching Jackson-Davis on its track record with big men.

“I’ve known them since my sophomore year, so their pitch has been mostly the same throughout,” he said. “It’s a big man program and they feed their bigs the ball. That’s really the big emphasis of what they try to do. They showed me a stat sheet of their big guys and how they always touch the ball.”

At this point, Jackson-Davis says his recruitment remains wide open. He wants to demonstrate better ball-handling as well as more consistency shooting the ball as the spring and summer evaluation periods continue.

In the meantime, his stock may yet continue to rise.

“I want to go somewhere where they’ll develop my game so I can make it to the next level,” Jackson-Davis said. “That’s my ultimate goal, to get to the NBA.”

13 comments

  1. Did I read that right? Michigan State has recruited him hard? Good lord, please tell me this young man is not seriously considering MSU. Someone needs to tell this kid’s parents about what’s been going on at MSU for the last decade or so! MSU is a dumpster fire. It’s Sodom and Gomorrah in a colder climate! Accusations of sexual misconduct, including numerous accusations of women being gang-raped by numerous MSU male athletes, including many MSU basketball players, and the efforts made by MSU officials to cover up these serious crimes, makes MSU’s Athletic Department look like an organized crime outfit. If it’s true that one is judged by the company one keeps, why would any decent, highly talented young man consider playing either football or basketball at MSU.? I know the NCAA is a corrupt and feeble organization, but if there is a University athletic program in the country that justifies the death penalty, MSU is the one. Can we say “Institutional Control”?

    1. Yeah, and to think we have to share the same conference with MSU? As if PSU wasn’t enough despicable recent behavior for one conference…? Will the Big Ten Network have “Must be 18-years of age to enter Big Ten site” for watching MSU vs PSU?

  2. Dang, is today the 13th or something? I wake up and read Po & H4H agreeing on something overnight, do they ever agree on anything? Is this a parallel universe? Next thing I see will probably be Chet & HC and the rest of the gang chiming in agreeing as well. Wasn’t there a movie called Freaky Friday?

    btw, I agree with the MSU comments too.

    1. I agree with Po and/or HC all the time. Harvey makes shotgun predictions all the time. He takes every position and then claims to be clairvoyant when one of his guesses comes true. Statistically, some of them HAVE to be right.

  3. I predict Tom Crean will win his first game against UK(University of Kennebunkport..in an early non-conference battle). The rest of the season will be peachy.

    You people should be ashamed…The only prediction that matters is the one most of you apologized and made excuses for during the last decade.
    You really should learn to sweat the slightly big stuff (like 30 million over 10 years for a failed Ritalin prescription on the sideline)…and have fun with things like whether Remy will hit a big shot against Purdue…or Mitch will carry his team to a Final Four….or Watford’s ship has not sailed as he buries a shot against #1 Kentucky, etc, etc.

  4. Yes, rather than embrace the good fortune of IU’s hire in Archie Miller and the very positive direction he has the program headed, let’s remain stuck in the past and cry in our beer over the travesty of having had Tom Crean as head coach. Why not take advantage of every possible opportunity to bash IU and it’s former head coach? Ever hear of the concept of letting it go? The fact that the recent WSJ valuation of college basketball franchises placed IU at #2 is proof that IU basketball did not get flushed down the toilet during Crean’s tenure. I was not a personal fan of his style and the clear fact that he wore his players out by the end of the season and certainly by tournament time. Both Big10 and NCAA. But by no means was the man a colossal failure. I hope he does well at Georgia and harbor no ill will toward him. But, as I’ve advised a dyed in the wool Georgia fan, don’t get your hopes up too high. Crean was not the man to take IU to the promised land, but it’s not as though the best coaches to be had were lining up to take the reigns of the program. He was a good coach at a program that rightfully demands and expects excellence. Hopefully we have an excellent coach at the helm. Time will tell. In the meantime, what is the point of living in and dwelling on the past?

    1. Okie,
      I’ve been trying to get the same thing through to him as well. Outside of an unproven Billy Donovan there was virtually no one who wanted to touch the program of any stature.

      As for Crean’s handling of the program it obviously left a lot to be desired. I am however reminded of a program in another sport which got into enormous trouble. The coach who took over was not the best but like Crean cleared out most of the riff-raff one way or another. Had his own set of problems and like Crean after several years was dismissed. The next coach came in and though the cupboard was not full there was enough of a foundation to build upon. The new coach had a rough year like Archie, but did well enough afterwards to move the program in a very positive direction.

      Crean may have not been the best fit, Cody and the gang prolonged his time at IU, but no one else was stepping up to the plate when he was hired. He served his purpose in getting IUBB through the worst period of time in the history of the program. Failure to give him credit for that is just willfully refusing to face the reality of the situation. Shouldn’t have took as long for his time to play out but it did.

  5. EXCELLENT POST, OakieHoosier! Well said, and I believe most Hoosier fans feel the same way. It’s just that a few really disturbed people got infected with that Tom Crean Derangement Syndrome and just can’t get it out of their system. Seems like such a waste time and energy to continue thinking about the past when the future looks so promising.

  6. Okie dokie….

    I love how after ten years of eyeball numbing dysfunctional basketball, they now come out of the barn floorboards with claims….like “I was not a personal fan of his style.”

    What style? Are you talking about the same checkered shirt more starched than his stiff ideas and halftime adjustments? It’s the apologists who can’t let go….And they can’t let go of the fact that I knew this man couldn’t coach after one week. He was an insider who hired his own AD in a caddyshack committee room. Why can’t you simply recognize what you still desire to hide?

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