Sophomore All-American forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, the leading returning scorer in the Big Ten, has been named first-team 2021-22 Preseason All-American by Athlon Sports according to a release from IU Athletics.
Jackson-Davis started all 27 games last season and was the only high major player to average at least 19 points and 9 rebounds during the 2021-22 campaign. He was fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (19.1), second in rebounding (9.0), fifth in field goal percentage (51.7) and blocked shots (1.4) and is third in minutes played (34.2). In league games only, he finished third in scoring (18.4), second in rebounding (9.2), fourth in field goal percentage (50.6) and blocked shots (1.4) and 3rd in minutes played (34.2).
He is the first returning first, second, or third team All- American for the Hoosiers since Calbert Cheaney in 1993.
Under first-year head coach Mike Woodson, Jackson-Davis led the Hoosiers to two wins over a professional Serbian Basketball team, BC Mega in mid-August in the Bahamas. The former Indiana Mr. Basketball and Center Grove High School graduate posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in game two. He had 21 points and nine boards in the first game and averaged 16.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in the two contests.
As a freshman at IU, he averaged 13.5 points and 8.4 rebounds. Last year did not count for a year of eligibility for all NCAA athletes due to COVID.
Athlon predicted Indiana will finish in seventh place in the 2021-22 Big Ten standings. The Hoosiers will open their season on Tuesday, November 9th at home against Eastern Michigan.
See also: Bahamas rewind — Trayce Jackson-Davis
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