Three takeaways from Indiana basketball at 2022 Media Day

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Indiana Head Coach Mike Woodson, center, and Trayce Jackson Davis, right, play battle for the ball before the team picture during the Indiana University basketball media day at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. /

#2. Trayce Jackson-Davis is ready to prove doubters wrong

Last season, Jackson-Davis averaged 18.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks in his junior campaign, but there was still something missing from his game. A consistent jump shot. I’ve said it time and time again, he does not need to jack up three-pointers. He needs to have the threat of making a 10 to 17-foot jump shot to open up more things for his game individually and the team as a whole.

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Coach Woodson is on the same page:

"“You know, everybody looks at this thing where he’s got to be a three-point shooter. I think if he makes a 15 to 17-foot shot, it’s just as effective. That’s kind of how I look at it.”"

“It’s all about repetitions. I’m getting a lot of shots up in scrimmages and practice, so those are going to translate to game shots.”

Jackson-Davis has a realistic chance to compete for the Wooden Award this upcoming season if he can take and make those jump shots on a consistent basis. If Indiana basketball wants a chance to compete for a Big Ten and national championship, Jackson-Davis will need to be a threat from at least two levels on the floor.