Key target Jackson-Davis planning official visit to IU

Trayce Jackson-Davis is already a blue chip basketball prospect.

Last week, he became a gold medal winner.

Jackson-Davis, a priority recruiting target for Indiana in the 2019 recruiting cycle, earned gold while helping the USA Basketball U18 National Team to a first-place finish at the 2018 FIBA Americas Men’s Championship in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada.

For one of the most coveted rising seniors in the country — and one of the early favorites for next year’s Indiana Mr. Basketball award — representing the United States stands as one of the highlights in a basketball career that is only just beginning.

“I just felt really, really honored, honestly,” Jackson-Davis said. “It was humbling. Just to know that I got to wear ‘USA’ across my chest was just a great experience.”

The Center Grove big man came off the bench in each of Team USA’s six victories in the tournament, scoring 6.8 points and grabbing 3.5 rebounds per game, shooting 86 percent from the field and finishing second on the team with seven blocks.

Simply making Kansas coach Bill Self’s team of 12 players was a significant accomplishment for Jackson-Davis.

“It was probably the most competitive thing I’ve done, especially at the training camp,” he said. “Everyone was just like fend for yourself. We still tried to make the right plays and do the right things, but everyone was going 100 percent at all times. Then, going into playing time, everyone was just happy they made the team. When they got out there, they did their thing. Whoever Coach Self thought did well, he’d play.”

The 6-foot-10, 228-pound prospect is considered the No. 18 player in the 2019 recruiting class and the No. 5 center in the country, according to the 247 Sports Composite.

His recruitment has featured heavy interest from Big Ten teams, including Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa and Ohio State, with Memphis and Georgia also recently making Jackson-Davis a priority. North Carolina coach Roy Williams phoned Jackson-Davis on Friday night to express his interesting in recruiting him.

Jackson-Davis’ time spent with Team USA also recently earned him an offer from Wake Forest, which is coached by Self’s assistant on the U18 squad, Danny Manning.

For its part, Indiana remains in strong position in Jackson-Davis’ recruitment. Jackson-Davis said the Hoosiers, along with Michigan State and UCLA, are locked in for official visits this fall.

“I’m taking my Indiana (visit) at Hoosier Hysteria,” Jackson-Davis said. “Other than that, I don’t know when I’m gonna take them, besides Indiana.”
IU, Jackson-Davis said, is recruiting him as hard as anyone.

“Some other schools have also, but (assistant coach Tom Ostrom) calls almost every day,” he said. “They’re definitely there. They recruit me hard. I appreciate that. They’re right there with everybody else.”

Although he doesn’t currently have a timeframe for a decision, Jackson-Davis plans to cut his list of schools after the July evaluation window. The biggest factors in his decision will be his relationship with the head coach, the atmosphere around the program and the players in his recruiting class.

For Jackson-Davis, seeing the commitment of this year’s Mr. Basketball, Romeo Langford, shows him that the Hoosiers are on the right track under coach Archie Miller.

“By getting Romeo, just showing they want to keep all the in-state talent, they want to try and lock down the borders,” Jackson-Davis said. “Not even him, but all the other players that they got like Rob (Phinisee) and Damezi (Anderson) and Jake (Forrester) and all them. They’re gonna have a really good recruiting class coming in.”


  1. Isn’t he the son of former Pacer, Dale Davis? Maybe you assumed most fans already knew that….Just seems a half a sentence referencing the minor detail might have been a worthwhile point of interest. Devin Davis…De’Ron Davis…Jackson-Davis…Jody Davis. It might be…It could be. …..It’s a Grand Davis!

  2. Jackson-Davis is the one that IU needs. Then add Brooks and Carton. Do it Archie!

  3. Georgia? So Crean gets a job out of state and immediately starts recruiting Hoosier HS round ballers. What a hypocritical marooooooon.

  4. Don’t blame T.C. one bit for trying to get the best. However, I wouldn’t think he would be that effective. It depends on short term memory of blue chip recruits and families and how they perceive tracks to NBA, T.C. and his coaching style of wolf in sheep’s clothing (loose style of play, a lot of talk, try to play enough teams to pad win record, and peak at compete and participate). Plus Georgia vs. elite programs.

    1. …all right it is at the least dubious…a typical TC action to shine his image for his new employers fans…”still own Indiana”

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