After averaging 33.0 points, 12.0 rebounds. 4.5 assists, and 4.0 blocks in the Hoosiers’ two big wins this week over Big Ten opponents, Jackson-Davis was honored with the ultimate honors you can earn during the regular season from some of the biggest college basketball publications in the country.
Leading Indiana basketball in scoring, rebounding, and blocks only mean so much if the team is failing to win games, which is what was happening to begin 2023, where the Hoosiers lost three straight games even though the senior forward averaged 20.7 points, 14.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 3.0 blocks in those games.
Now with the Hoosiers thriving on both ends of the floor and pulling out tough wins over Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan State, the play of Trayce Jackson-Davis has been magnified and he has responded as a leader on and off the floor.
According to the Big Ten Conference, Trayce Jackson-Davis’ performance against the Illini where he posted 35 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and three blocks made him the first major conference player to register such a stat line in a road game in 20 seasons.
With 31 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, and five blocks in Sunday’s win over Michigan State, Jackson-Davis is in a zone that Hoosier fans just have not seen from him, aside from the little taste we got in the 2022 Big Ten Tournament and one NCAA Tournament win against Wyoming.
If his play continues and Jackson-Davis stays consistent at the end of January and through February, is there any reason he shouldn’t be the Big Ten Player of the Year and possibly in the conversation for the Wooden Award?