Indiana basketball vs. St. Francis exhibition: Six takeaways for IUBB

Indiana Trayce Jackson-Davis (23)
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Trayce Jackson-Davis #23 of the Indiana Hoosiers. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

#2. Trayce Jackson-Davis needs to show more versatility offensively

After missing the first game due to an apparent right hand or wrist injury, Trayce Jackson-Davis returned to the starting lineup for the Hoosiers and made some truly impressive plays. From fast break dunks to finishing above Saint Francis players, Jackson-Davis showed why he’s one of the best players in the Big Ten this upcoming season.

My only issue from last night was the versatility he was unable to show. Jackson-Davis played in 21 minutes and recorded 19 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. All eight of his shot attempts came from 2 to 10 feet.

Brushing off the rust is one thing. Unable to show any improvement in a jump shot or anything is another. Making 87.5 percent of his free throws is great. If he can do that, nothing is stopping him from winning the Wooden Award this upcoming season. If Indiana basketball wants to win and go far this season, Jackson-Davis needs to show more versatility on the offensive side of the ball.