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By the numbers
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Quadrant 1 wins for Indiana, which has an opportunity to pick up another on Friday against Michigan. Quadrant 1 wins are classified as home victories against teams slotted No. 1 through 30 in the NCAA NET rankings, neutral-floor wins against teams ranked No. 1 through 50 and road victories against squads ranked No. 1 through 75. Michigan is No. 6 in the latest NET rankings.

5: Consecutive losses to Michigan, IU’s longest losing streak in the series since the Hoosiers dropped five straight from 1930 to 1933.

59: Percent of IU’s scoring that is coming inside the arc during Big Ten play. That’s the highest mark in the league.

Jackson-Davis named McDonald’s All-American
The Hoosiers have another Burger Boy.

Five-star forward Trayce Jackson-Davis was named a McDonald’s All-American on Thursday, becoming the 31st Hoosier recruit in program history to earn the honor.

Jackson-Davis is the second recruit in as many seasons under Archie Miller to land the coveted All-American designation, following Romeo Langford’s selection last season. Langford was uncommitted at the time. Jackson-Davis is the only current Big Ten recruit selected.

The Center Grove star is considered the No. 15 recruit in the country in the 247 Sports composite rankings.

Davis to miss upcoming stretch
Burdened by injuries for more than a year, De’Ron Davis is going to take some time to heal.

Davis has been shut down for the time being so that he can properly recover from an injured ankle. Davis didn’t dress for Tuesday’s game at Northwestern and he won’t be available for Friday’s game against Michigan, either.

Exactly when he’ll return isn’t clear.

Although Davis has tried to play through his ankle problems in recent weeks, his injury has hindered his ability to operate anywhere close to his full potential. Now, he’ll take a break to rest and recuperate before he tries to return and help Indiana during its stretch run.

“We and he probably tried to mask it at the beginning of January,” IU coach Archie Miller said. “He probably should have been shut down right after the Illinois game rather than try to patchwork.

“So right now we’re trying to get him to feel 100 percent and when he feels 100 percent he’ll rejoin activity level and get back to practice, because it’s doing us no good to play him three minutes, and it’s not doing him any service, either. When he comes back to practice, our hope is he’ll be full go and he’ll feel a lot better.”

Recruit watch
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Armaan Franklin, 6-5, G, Indianapolis Cathedral, 2019: Led the Irish to the Indianapolis City Championship with 23 points and 11 rebounds in a 76-61 semifinal win over Ritter Monday, and followed with 29 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 78-48 win over Crispus Attucks in the title game Wednesday.

Trayce Jackson-Davis, 6-9, F, Center Grove, 2019: Posted 21 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks in the Trojans’ 56-44 win over Ben Davis last Friday.

WOMEN
Shaila Beeler, 5-7, PG, Warren Central, 2019: Contributed 16 points and 10 assists in an 86-54 win over Lawrence Central last Friday, then had 20 points, 12 assists and three rebounds in a 76-71 win over Anderson Tuesday.

Mackenzie Holmes, 6-2, F, Gorham, Maine, 2019: In a regular-season rematch of last year’s state title game, Holmes finished with 27 points in a 61-56 overtime loss to Edward Little on Monday.

Jorie Allen, 6-1, F, Bedford North Lawrence, 2019: Double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds in a 55-31 win over North Harrison last Thursday, followed by 11 points and seven rebounds in a 51-29 win at Evansville Mater Dei Saturday.

Grace Waggoner, 6-0, G, Vincennes Rivet, 2019: Became the school’s all-time leading scorer and the Knox County all-time leading scorer, boys or girls, with 30 points in a 72-25 win over Lawrenceville Tuesday. Now has 1,681 career points.

Arielle Wisne, 6-5, C, Thornton, Colo., 2019: Matched a season high with 13 points to go with nine rebounds and five blocked shots in a 68-43 win over Loveland last Thursday.

10 comments

  1. Wow….Jackson-Davis must be pretty damn good. I have yet to seem him play. Please stay one more season Romeo….or two. Use Grant Williams as your motivation.

  2. Still not seeing any bigs on Archie’s radar screen? Can he recruit anyone over 6’9″? The guy does not have to be a MacDonald’s All American, he doesn’t even have to be an American, but he needs to be over 6’9″ who can develop into a force in the paint. Imagine a “project” like Kent Benson as a freshman. He turned out to be pretty good for IU.

      1. He also cost us a project named Larry Bird….(at least according to some historical accounts).

      2. Yes, “projects” are usually not voted as winners for’ Indiana Mr. Basketball.’

        Projects? Jobe, Jurkin, Bawa, Guy-Marc, Perea (though originally thought to be Hakeem ‘The Dream), April, Priller…Enough flailing arms, toe-tripping, and brick throwing to make you think you were doing acid when they were on the court.

        And people have the nerve to complain over Fitzner? He is Kent Benson compared to the aforementioned list (many of which could never take the floor….because they were just that bad).

      3. And oddly enough, even with only an 11-year NBA career pegged as never living up to the billing, Benson averaged more points (9.1 ppg) than Zeller has produced in his first six years (8.1 ppg).

        Though he’d probably trade Cody’s income…..

  3. Dale Davis son home run. Yes a couple 6’9”+ needed to go with him with at least one being a high 4 star+ and yes stars do matter a bunch.

  4. Armaan Franklin sounds like he’s very close to a 5 star. 29 points in a city championship game? Archie is getting it done in Indiana …..He’s already light years ahead of his predecessor.

    And these are guys who might just stick around for more than one season. Looking up….

  5. Mike, thank you again for taking the time to comprise the recruits stats. Looks like the future of men’s and women’s basketball could be bright! Keep it up Mike.

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