Trayce Jackson-Davis produced a lot of memorable moments over the span of his decorated four-year Indiana career.
Now a rookie with the Golden State Warriors, Jackson-Davis was asked in an interview with Last Word on Sport about his favorite memory during his time as an IU basketball player.
Was it his triple-double vs. Nebraska?
Was it dropping 43 points on Marshall?
Was it IU’s memorable 2022 Big Ten Tournament run?
Was it breaking a long NCAA Tournament drought?
Was it becoming the program’s all-time leader in rebounds or blocks?
Nope. None of the above.
He got close as a junior, but Trayce Jackson-Davis had to wait until his senior season to enjoy a win at Purdue. And that meant three-straight frustrating trips home from West Lafayette to Bloomington, as an in-state player immersed in an in-state rivalry, and all of the heckling and jeering that comes with it.
Overall, IU snapped a ten-year losing streak when they knocked off the Boilermakers 79-71 at Mackey Arena in February.
Jackson-Davis had many dominant games as a senior. But he was not the star of IU’s win at Purdue just over seven months ago. TJD was held scoreless through the first 28 minutes, while his freshman teammate and current Los Angeles Laker Jalen Hood-Schifino erupted for 35 points.
And now looking back, it was that moment, and specifically the look of dismay on the faces of Purdue fans as they headed for the exits at Mackey Arena with time still on the clock, that stands out above the rest for the former IU star.
“I would say probably beating Purdue at Purdue was probably my favorite (memory),” Jackson-Davis told Alexander Scott. “Just because the look on their faces at Mackey (Arena) was really funny.
“Everyone was talking about how we’re probably going to get them at Assembly Hall, but that they still had to come see us at Mackey. We were like alright, bet. That was that, but I thought that was really a great experience, probably one of my favorite memories. Seeing the look on their faces was priceless.”
In the interview, TJD also names his IU basketball all-time starting five, his favorite Mike Woodson-isms, and much more about his upcoming first season in the NBA and acclimation to professional life.
Jackson-Davis’ NBA career begins officially later this month when Golden State opens the 2023-24 season on Oct. 24 against the Phoenix Suns.
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