Trayce Jackson-Davis

Indiana joins hunt for in-state power forward

Center Grove power forward Trayce-Jackson is getting bigger and better. So no big surprise that the new Indiana staff has jumped in nor why the sophomore already holds a pair of Big Ten offers.

Center Grove (Ind.) High forward Trayce Jackson-Davis earned praise for his play in Texas this past weekend at the first adidas Gaunlet stop.

He also earned a scholarship offer from Fran McCaffery of Iowa. It's his second Big Ten offer as Matt Painter made the same decision for Purdue in late January.

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Just a sophomore, Jackson-Davis competed for Team Teague in the 16 & under age group. When caught up with him on Friday night he had a big game in a 20-point victory.

"It was really fun and when you can show out like that, it makes it even better," Jackson-Davis said." I thought I played pretty well although there's still room for improvement.  I need to finish all my layups. I struggled with that. Have to catch some of those lobs. And I thought I played pretty well on defense."

Later on he gave us an even more detailed self-evaluation.

"I am an athletic big," said Jackson-Davis." I need to expand my range to where I can hit that 12 foot jumper. So I can get people jumping with the pump fake instead of just playing off of me and waiting for me to come inside." 

Jackson-Davis is the son of Dale Davis, the former Pacer and NBA All-Star. When he was in his prime with the Pacers, Davis checked in about 6-foot-11 and 250 pounds.

"I am about 6-foot-8 with my weight around 215," Jackson-Davis said. "I went to the doctor a few weeks ago and they said my growth plates are still wide open. So still room for growth. When I was a baby, I was projected to be 7-foot."

This year at Center Grove he averaged a double-double for much of the season and the Trojans went 17-8, catching fire late and advancing all the way to the Class 4A regional semifinals. There they fell to 2016 state champ New Albany, 57-52

Jackson-Davis had 16 points and nine rebounds in the regional game despite being saddled with foul trouble. He finished the year averaging 12.4 points and 9.0 rebounds a game.

"We got just our second sectional championship in like 20 years," Jackson-Davis said. "That was a big thing. And then we got to play one of the top recruits in Romeo Langford and almost beat them. That was a close game and it was a really fun year overall. I think we put ourselves on the map."

He's now squarely on the recruiting map for Indiana. At the Friday night game we attended, assistant coach Ed Schilling was courtside.

"They told me there were going to be here this weekend, so I am just trying to improve my play. We have a really good team as you can see. "

That comes just a few days after new IU coach Archie Miller made a trip to Center Grove to see the sophomore in person.

"He was just telling me that he's going to recruit me and he's going to have people (watching). You aren't really allowed to talk until you're a junior and he was just pretty much saying he was going to have someone come watch me today."

He ran down some of the other schools involved early.

"Wisconsin---one of my dad's friends is a recruit guy and I talked to him. So Wisconsin's coach was coming (this weekend). Iowa is recruiting me hard. Purdue, I have an offer from there. A few schools, all closer to the state."

Indiana coach Archie Miller has some catching up to do, but it will certainly help that Center Grove is just 45 minutes north of Bloomington.

"I don't really know much about him because he's new and I really didn't pay much attention to Dayton," Jackson-Davis said. "But he's recruiting in-state guys, which is good. Indiana is a good school academically and still a good school for basketball. I know they may have struggled this year but it is a really good atmosphere there. I have been to a few games." Top Stories