IU forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is one of 25 players on the Wooden Award midseason top-25 watch list.
Jackson-Davis is averaging 20.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per game through 11 contests.
The 6-foot-9 sophomore forward is shooting 53.1 percent from the field, and he has added 15 assists, 19 blocks and 8 steals on the season.
Jackson-Davis has received significant preseason and midseason recognition, including:
• Preseason Naismith Trophy Watch List
• Preseason Karl Malone Award Watch List
• Preseason Watch List for NABC Player of the Year Award
• Preseason All-Big Ten Team
• Preseason Second Team All-American (Watch Stadium and CBS Sports)
• Preseason Third Team All-American (Blue Ribbon and College Hoops Today)
Indiana forward Calbert Cheaney won the Wooden Award in 1993.
Jackson-Davis is one of six Big Ten players on the list. The full release from IU Athletics including the full watch list is below.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s® Midseason Top 25 Watch List today on ESPNU, which included Indiana sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis. Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the 2020-21 season thus far, the list comprises of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor.
Jackson-Davis is averaging 20.3 points for the Hoosiers and is coming off his third double-double of the season against Maryland. IU is 13-2 in his 15 career games with a double-double.
On the 2021 Wooden Award™ Midseason Top 25, three players make their debut on the Wooden Watch™: Derek Culver (West Virginia), Carlik Jones (Louisville), and Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga). Three schools have multiple players on the list, led by Gonzaga (Corey Kispert, Suggs, and Drew Timme), and followed by Illinois (Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu) and Villanova (Collin Gillespie and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl).
The Big Ten leads all conferences with six selections on the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, followed by the ACC with five, the Big East with four, the Big 12 and WCC with three selections each, the Pac-12 with two , and Conference USA and the SEC with one selection apiece.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Men’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen to the preseason or midseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2021 John R. Wooden Award will be presented by Wendy’s following the NCAA Tournament in April.
|Scottie Barnes||Florida State||ACC||6-9||Fr.||G|
|Charles Bassey||Western Kentucky||Conference USA||6-11||Jr.||C|
|James Bouknight||Connecticut||Big East||6-5||Soph||G|
|Garrison Brooks||North Carolina||ACC||6-10||Sr.||F|
|Jared Butler||Baylor||Big 12||6-3||Jr.||G|
|Marcus Carr||Minnesota||Big Ten||6-2||Jr.||G|
|Kofi Cockburn||Illinois||Big Ten||7-0||Soph||C|
|Derek Culver||West Virginia||Big 12||6-10||Jr.||F|
|Cade Cunningham||Oklahoma State||Big 12||6-8||Fr.||G|
|Ayo Dosunmu||Illinois||Big Ten||6-5||Jr.||G|
|Luka Garza*||Iowa||Big Ten||6-11||Sr.||C|
|Collin Gillespie||Villanova||Big East||6-3||Sr.||G|
|Ron Harper Jr.||Rutgers||Big Ten||6-6||Jr.||G/F|
|Trayce Jackson-Davis||Indiana||Big Ten||6-9||Soph||F|
|Remy Martin||Arizona State||Pac-12||6-0||Sr.||G|
|Jeremiah Robinson-Earl||Villanova||Big East||6-9||Soph||F|
|Marcus Zegarowski||Creighton||Big East||6-2||Jr.||G|
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