Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2020-2021 Indiana Hoosiers. At the moment: Trayce Jackson-Davis.
Jackson-Davis (27 video games): 19.1 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 bpg, 51.7% FG, 65.5% FT in 34.3 minutes per sport.
Beforehand: Anthony Leal, Trey Galloway, Jordan Geronimo, Khristian Lander, Armaan Franklin
By most accounts, Trayce Jackson-Davis had a stellar sophomore season. Indiana’s huge man averaged a close to double-double (19.1 factors, 9.0 rebounds). He was sturdy, enjoying and beginning in all 27 of Indiana’s contests. Early within the season, he persistently ranked within the high 5 of KenPom’s nationwide participant of the yr standings.
The lefty’s capability to make a fast transfer for a spin and rating within the put up was generally unstoppable. Jackson-Davis might additionally face up and take defenders to the bucket as properly. Moreover, the Heart Grove product was probably the greatest within the nation at attending to the road. His fouls drawn per 40 minutes (7.2) ranked tenth within the nation. His free throw fee (64.7) ranked twenty first. And regardless of enjoying so many minutes, Jackson-Davis not often discovered himself in foul hassle.
He was Indiana’s go-to participant, utilizing probably the most possessions (29.7 %) and taking probably the most photographs (28.3 %) on the crew.
When he had all of it going, Jackson-Davis was about as dominant because it is available in faculty basketball. After getting stomped by Texas within the Maui Invitational, the Hoosiers returned the following day to tackle Stanford. In a 79-63 bounce-back win, Jackson-Davis was unstoppable, scoring 32 factors on 10-of-16 taking pictures whereas including an 11-of-14 efficiency on the line.
In Large Ten play, the sophomore’s excessive mark got here in opposition to Michigan State on Feb. 20. The Spartans determined to not double the put up and Jackson-Davis feasted. He scored a career-high 34 factors (11-of-18 from the ground, 11-of-14 from the road) to go together with seven rebounds and two blocks. However Indiana misplaced the competition 78-71. That was partly as a result of its protection fell aside, particularly within the second half. However the remainder of Indiana’s offense collectively struggled to shoot, going simply 4-of-19 from 3-point vary.
Different instances in Large Ten play, although, Jackson-Davis could be aggressively fronted and double-teamed and the outcomes had been blended. Nebraska held him to simply eight field-goal makes an attempt on Jan. 10. Northwestern harassed him into solely 10 factors on Feb. 10. Ohio State tried comparable ways the following sport out on Feb. 13, however a faster, extra decisive navigated his solution to 23 factors on 10-of-14 taking pictures.
Because the Large Ten season went alongside, one factor turned clear: His largest weak point was creating and scoring in opposition to size. Lengthy put up defenders actually gave him issues. Although Jackson-Davis scored a mixed 53 factors in three contests in opposition to the Scarlet Knights, the 6-foot-11 Myles Johnson was a very sturdy nemesis. Large Ten Freshman of the 12 months Hunter Dickinson stands at 7-1 and helped maintain Jackson-Davis to simply 3-of-12 taking pictures and 10 factors in a Feb. 27 loss to Michigan. And maybe most stunning, after torching Michigan State on Feb. 20, the rematch was a a lot completely different outcome. The Spartans selected to single cowl Jackson-Davis as soon as once more, however the 6-foot-11 Marcus Bingham Jr.’s size proved problematic and Michigan State was capable of deny him the ball with aggressive fronting as properly. It led to his worst sport of the season, a 1-of-5, nine-point efficiency in a sport he was additionally saddled with foul hassle.
He regarded rushed and out of types in opposition to a majority of these defenders, significantly initially of contests. In the event that they weren’t blocked outright, photographs would careen awkwardly in opposition to the backboard, by no means hitting the rim. And and not using a dependable jumper or a lot to indicate as roll man out of the pick-and-roll, defenses might key in on stopping Jackson-Davis within the put up, understanding that’s just about the one place his bread was buttered this season. It additionally didn’t assist that Indiana’s perimeter taking pictures cratered on the finish of the season, permitting groups to really feel extra emboldened to key in on Jackson-Davis.
Backside Line: For his sturdy sophomore season, Jackson-Davis earned a first-team all-conference choice by the media, and a second-team choice by Large Ten coaches. On a skinny entrance line because of the absence of Joey Brunk, he, together with Race Thompson, greater than held their very own. The Heart Grove product was a double-double machine. However Jackson-Davis barely registered on NBA draft boards. He wants a jumper, a proper hand and extra total versatility to get into the NBA, one thing new coach Mike Woodson seems to be making a precedence after Jackson-Davis surprisingly introduced his return to the crew on April 2.
Quotable: “I wish to get Indiana basketball again on observe. That why I got here again. I consider within the custom. I consider what we have now right here is one thing particular, and I wish to be one of many the reason why. I don’t wish to be somebody who ran away when it was powerful.” – Jackson-Davis in a press convention saying his return for a junior season