Indiana star big man Trayce Jackson-Davis announced Friday that he’s withdrawing his name from the NBA draft and can return to Bloomington for an additional season, making the Hoosiers a preseason top-15 team nationally — and potentially the Big Ten favorite.
Jackson-Davis announced earlier this spring that he planned to enter the NBA draft but maintained his college eligibility. He was invited to the NBA draft mix, but he didn’t participate, amid reports he tested positive for COVID-19.
A 6-foot-9 Indiana native, Jackson-Davis earned second-team All-Big Ten honors last season after averaging 18.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and a couple of.3 blocks. He’s been one of the vital productive power-conference post players during his three seasons with the Hoosiers, averaging 19.1 points and 9.0 rebounds in 2020-21 en path to first-team All-Big Ten honors.
As a freshman in 2019-20, Jackson-Davis put up 13.5 points and eight.4 rebounds.
During Mike Woodson’s first yr on the helm last season, Indiana struggled with consistency but reached the NCAA tournament, beating Wyoming within the First 4 after which losing to Saint Mary’s in the primary round. The Hoosiers return 4 starters from that team, while also adding five-star recruits Malik Reneau (No. 22) and Jalen Hood-Schifino (No. 24), in addition to ESPN 100 prospect Kaleb Banks.
Indiana was ranked No. 15 in ESPN’s most up-to-date Way-Too-Early Top 25, one spot behind Michigan. The Hoosiers and Wolverines are more likely to enter next season because the favorites to win the Big Ten.