IU sweeps Miss Basketball, Mr. Basketball awards #iuwbb #iubb

It was a historic night for future Hoosiers on Sunday night.

For the first time since 1987, IU recruits swept the Indiana Miss Basketball and Indiana Mr. Basketball awards.

Bedford North Lawrence’s Jorie Allen and Center Grove’s Trayce Jackson-Davis were honored at the IndyStar Sports Awards at Butler’s Clowes Memorial Hall Sunday night.

The last time IU recruits swept the awards was 32 years ago, when Lori Meinerding was Miss Basketball and Mr. Basketball was shared by the IU-bound duo of Jay Edwards and Lyndon Jones.

Allen became just the second BNL player to win Miss Basketball after averaging 18.1 points and 8.0 rebounds in her senior season, as the Stars won an eighth straight sectional title. Allen finished with 1,930 career points en route to winning the award over three other finalists, including future IU teammate Shaila Beeler of Warren Central.

She is the fourth IU player all-time to win the award and will give the Hoosiers two of them on the floor next season alongside 2015 Indiana Miss Basketball Ali Patberg, who initially attended Notre Dame out of Columbus North before transferring to IU.

“I am thrilled for Jorie on being named the 2019 Indiana Miss Basketball,” Indiana coach Teri Moren said in a statement. “She has put together a fantastic senior season that was worthy of this prestigious award. We are very happy for her and can’t wait to have her on campus soon.”

Jackson-Davis also won his award over a field of finalists that included soon-to-be teammate Armaan Franklin of Indianapolis Cathedral. The first Mr. Basketball from Center Grove and son of former Indiana Pacer Dale Davis, Jackson-Davis averaged 22.0 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots per game while shooting 61.7 percent from the field while leading the Trojans to a semistate berth in Class 4A.

The Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year will be the 28th Indiana Mr. Basketball to play for the Hoosiers and the 22nd McDonald’s All-American. On the heels of Romeo Langford winning the award and signing with the Hoosiers in 2018, this marks the first time since 1997 (Luke Recker) and 1998 (Tom Coverdale) that back-to-back Mr. Basketballs will attend IU.

Both Allen and Jackson-Davis will next headline the Indiana All-Stars against Kentucky in June before arriving on campus in Bloomington.

15 comments

  1. Well-deserved by both players. What a great day for the IU program. Another feather in Moren’s Cap.

    I was lucky enough to see both players play on the same day in person at the north-south all-star game at martinsville.

  2. A lot of Hoosiers don’t know or don’t remember that the 74-75 undefeated Hoosier team was derailed in large part when former Indiana Mr. Basketball, point guard Mike Flynn, went crazy with a 27 point performance for Kentucky that landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

    It would be nice if IU were always the first option but Mike committed to UK nearly 50 years ago.

  3. As it should be, IUBB takes the very top talent the state has to offer. It is a concrete path to improving, maintaining and empowering the Hoosier programs. I honestly and sincerely believe IUFB is currently building the same path for success.

  4. Love this quote from IndyStar:
    ““Jenna is probably a little more conservative than Jorie both from a personality standpoint and how they play the game,” Jeff Allen said. “Jenna was always directing traffic and thinking, where Jorie’s (mindset) is a little more, ‘Give me the ball and get out of the way.’ From that standpoint, she is a little more aggressive.”
    My kind of player! For so many years IU didn’t have anybody who seemed as though they wanted the ball at the end of the game. Sounds like that’s no problem for Jori!
    What a get for the women. And look for attendance to go up.

  5. Its a given, attendance will increase,per bedford fans. A reasonable guess would be 1500 per, if its more great.

  6. Here is another interesting comment from that same Indy Star article.
    “My sister always said that you are around your team all the time,” Jorie said. “So you have to look at how you fit in with the personality and chemistry of the team. You look at the people you want to be around the most. I felt that way about IU.”

  7. I know this is off topic..a little..but I thought Archie was to have a home visit with Lester Quinones before he decides on Friday??

  8. Thank you Steve W.
    Along with FOUR Indiana All Stars, this is really good news!

  9. Been saying it all along, what Mackenzie Holmes adds to IU’s post play will be instrumental in our success next year! If she is as good as advertised, we will be a top 3 team in the conference. If we can finish in the top 3, we will be on our way to the big dance again. Go Hoosiers!!

  10. Personally I believe Mac will be better than advertised as the more I watch her the more Im impressed. She seems to be a steadily improving player as professed by Moren. I love how she can run the court many times out front , sometimes she gets the pass sometimes not on her club team, but playing for IU if that occasion arises she will get the pass if open. On the opposite side of things she has a great outlet pass for anyone streaking.

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