Trayce Jackson-Davis

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  • Name: Trayce Jackson-Davis
  • Position: Forward
  • Recruiting Class: 2019
  • Age: 24 years old
  • Birthday: February 22, 2000
  • Hometown: Greenwood, Ind.
  • High School: Center Grove High School
  • AAU Team: Spiece Indy Heat
  • Height: 6’9″ (175 cm)
  • Weight: 245 lbs (111 kg)
  • Jersey Number: #4, #23
  • Education: Sports Marketing

Trayce Jackson-Davis Biography

Trayce Jackson-Davis is an American basketball player from Greenwood, Indiana who plays for Indiana University. A high school star for Center Grove, he was the 3rd best prospect in Indiana and a top 30 prospect in the nation in the 2019 class. Jackson-Davis was the 31st IU recruit to be named a McDonald’s All-American. Upon arriving on campus, Jackson-Davis immediately became an integral piece for the Hoosiers.

Trayce Jackson-Davis Seasons with the Hoosiers

2019-2020 Indiana Basketball Season
Archie Miller (3rd Season)
20-12 (9-11 Big Ten)
10th Place Big Ten

2020-2021 Indiana Basketball Season
Archie Miller (4th Season)
12-15 (7-12 Big Ten)
10th Place Big Ten

2021-2022 Indiana Basketball Season
Mike Woodson (1st Season)
0-0 (0-0 Big Ten)
1st Place Big Ten

Trayce Jackson-Davis High School Career and Recruiting

Trayce Jackson-Davis is the son of former Indiana Pacer Dale Davis; however, he was raised primarily by his mother Karla Jackson and stepfather Raymond Jackson. Therefore, in high school, he decided to hyphenate his name, adding Jackson, to honor his stepfather.

A native of Greenwood, Indiana, Jackson-Davis attended nearby Center Grove High School. He first began gaining traction during an impressive junior season, where he averaged 21.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 4.1 blocks, and 2.6 assists per game. He also shot 67% from the field in route to Center Grove’s 20-win season and sectional title. As a senior, the team advanced to the Class 4A state tournament semi-finals. Jackson-Davis had another great season, averaging 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.9 blocks, 1.7 assists, and 1.0 steals per game.

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Jackson-Davis played for the United States in the 2018 FIBA Under-18 Americas Championship, helping the US win the gold-medal. He was also a star for the AAU team Spiece Indy Heat.

In March 2019, Jackson-Davis was named the Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year. The award celebrates not only his athletic achievements, but also his academic prowess and charitable nature. During high school, he maintained a B average and routinely volunteered as a youth basketball coach and at the Wheeler Mission Center, which helps assist the homeless and people in need. 

Jackson-Davis was named to the 2019 McDonald’s All-American game (contributing 7 points and 5 rebounds in 14 minutes of action). He became the 31st IU recruit to be named as a McDonald’s All-American. He also played in the Jordan Brand Classic.

Trayce Jackson-Davis was the 30th best prospect in the country and 3rd highest ranked prospect in the state of Indiana for the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. The future Hoosier reportedly had offers from 16 schools, including Ohio State, Purdue, Memphis, Butler, and Georgia. His final three schools were narrowed down to IU, Michigan State, and UCLA.

Commenting on why he chose IU, Jackson-Davis said, “They always shown how invested they are. They went above and beyond. They made sure that they were first to every event that I went to, every game, every practice and anytime that [they] could come see me, they made sure that they were the first to do so. They really showed how badly they really wanted me, and I also think that they need me, so it isn’t just a place that wants but also a place that needs me.”

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Trayce Jackson-Davis Recruiting Profile

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  • Teams: Center Grove High School (Indiana), Spiece Indy Heat (Indiana)
  • Composite Rating: 0.9890
  • Composite Ranking: 30th Overall, 7th Center, 3rd in the State of Indiana
  • Committed: November 30, 2018

Trayce Jackson-Davis’s Indiana University Career

Jackson-Davis became an instant force for the Hoosiers. From the day he stepped onto campus, expectations were set high as Jackson-Davis was immediately perceived as one of the team’s best players. Luckily, he did not disappoint.

Jackson-Davis became an instant force for the Hoosiers. From the day he stepped onto campus, expectations were set high as Jackson-Davis was immediately perceived as one of the team’s best players. Luckily, he did not disappoint.

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In his first regular-season game, Jackson-Davis proved his versatility by contributing 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 blocks against Western Illinois. Soon after, he would find his scoring groove. He posted 20 points against North Alabama and 21 against Louisiana Tech. Similarly, within the first month of the season, he posted four double-doubles (including two 14 rebound performances). One of Jackson-Davis’s highlight performances of the season came in an OT thriller against Nebraska, where he dropped 25 points and 15 rebounds. Similarly, in February 2020, Jackson-Davis had a monster game against Minnesota posting 27 points and 16 rebounds.

As a sophomore, Jackson-Davis played an integral role for the Hoosiers. He started all 27 games, averaging 34.3 minutes per game, and scored in double digits in 26 of those 27 games. During the 2020-21 campaign, he was the only high major player in college basketball to average at least 19 points and 9 rebounds per game. His 9 rebounds per game average was second-best in the Big Ten. Jackson-Davis finished the season first in the nation in free-throw attempts (229) and second in the nation in free-throws made (150).

During the 2021-22 season, Jackson-Davis started all 35 games. He averaged 18.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, and shot 58.9% from the field, all of which led the team. He also finished second best on the team with 66 assists. During the season, he eclipsed the 1000 point mark against St. John’s. In the Big Ten tournament, Jackson-Davis posted 31 points and 10 rebounds against Iowa. Jackson-Davis led Indiana to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in six years. IU was a #12 seed and defeated Wyoming in the tournament’s “First  Four” round before falling to #5 Saint Mary’s in the Round of 64.

Coming into the 2022-23 season, Jackson-Davis was named a preseason All-American, the first Hoosier to achieve the honor since Thomas Bryant (2016-17). He was also named to the 2022-23 preseason Wooden Award watchlist.

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