Adding more preseason awards under his belt, Trayce Jackson-Davis was named to the 2022-23 CBSSports Preseason All-America Second Team on October 20. The Indiana basketball forward has many preseason honors that continue to pile up as we approach the 2022-23 season.
CBSSports Preseason All-America First Team
G – Marcus Sasser (Houston)
G/F – Jaime Jaquez Jr. (UCLA)
F – Drew Timme (Gonzaga)
F – Armando Bacot (North Carolina)
C – Oscar Tshiebwe (Kentucky)
CBSSports Preseason All-America Second Team
G – Kendric Davis (Memphis)
G – Caleb Love (North Carolina)
G – Nick Smith Jr. (Arkansas)
F – Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana)
C – Hunter Dickinson (Michigan)
CBSSports Preseason All-America Third Team
G – Mike Miles Jr. (TCU)
G – Adam Flagler (Baylor)
G – Keyonte George (Baylor)
F/C – Dereck Lively II (Duke)
C – Zach Edey (Purdue)
Though we as Hoosier basketball fans should be happy with any sort of preseason honors on a national stage, Jackson-Davis landing on the second team for the preseason All-American list is somewhat disappointing from my point of view.
Pardon my hometown thoughts, but how does Jackson-Davis not make it ahead of Jaime Jaquez Jr., a forward for UCLA that averaged 13.9 points and 5.7 rebounds, ranking just ninth in the Pac 12 in points per game. Of course, he’s returning for his senior season and no longer has to share the scoring with Johnny Juzang, but I don’t see him as a top five player in all of college basketball.
The Greenwood, Indiana native was named the Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year ahead of Hunter Dickinson and others, yet still didn’t appear on the first team for All-America honors by CBSSports. Jackson-Davis was joined by Hunter Dickinson and Zach Edey as the only other Big Ten players to make it on the All-America list.
Trayce Jackson-Davis is slowly becoming one of the top Indiana basketball players of all-time in his fourth season and it only makes sense that he should be on the first team Preseason All-America for CBSSports.
Since entering the college basketball scene in 2019-20, Trayce Jackson-Davis ranks fifth in scoring (1,588) and rebounds (797), and ranks 11th in total blocks (178). With an opportunity to cement his legacy in 2022-23, Jackson-Davis is hoping for more than just individual awards to round out his four years in Bloomington. A Big Ten title and making some noise in the NCAA Tournament will suffice.