Indiana Basketball has a rich history of big men, especially this decade.
Welcome back to our desperate look to the past in order to meet our dire need for sports satiation. Today, we are talking about IU big men.
The 2000s have been a golden age for Indiana Basketball big men. There have been plenty of top frontcourt high school recruits to come and play for the cream and crimson, such as Cody Zeller Noah Vonleh, Thomas Bryant, and Trayce Jackson-Davis.
Some of these players lived up to their expectations. Others fell far short of what we thought they could become. Let’s jump into our rankings and determine who were the best big guys to play for the Hoosiers this century.
#5: Trayce Jackson-Davis
He may have just spent one year with the Hoosiers, but Jackson-Davis deserves to be on the list because of the potential he has.
In his freshman season, Jackson-Davis nearly won Big Ten Freshman of the Year and lived up to his high school ranking (26th in the country). He averaged 13.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game and had the 30th best Player Efficiency Ratings in the nation at 27.6.
Jackson-Davis will have plenty of opportunities to improve and supplant his legacy as a star in Bloomington next season. An already excellent freshman season will likely be a mere foundation for greater things to come.
The increased talent in the backcourt next season will help Jackson-Davis ascend to another level. In five years, we may make another list like this one but with Jackson-Davis much higher on the hierarchy.