Indiana All-American forward Trayce Jackson-Davis announced on his Twitter account Friday that he will stay for his junior year instead of entering the NBA Draft.
New Indiana coach Mike Woodson said keeping Jackson-Davis on the roster would be a priority and that he would “beg” Jackson-Davis to stay with him so that he could help Jackson-Davis improve his draft stock and help Indiana in Woodson’s first year at the helm.
Jackson-Davis posted a graphic on the account with photos of him and Indiana’s five national championship banners and headlined the graphic “Not Done Yet.”
“Indiana basketball is something I have been blessed to be a part of,” Jackson-Davis said in the graphic. “After talking with coach Woodson and family, I believe that it is in my best interest to come back for my junior year.”
I believe in Coach Woodson and his plan! 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/amhPdix4Pp
— TJD (@TrayceJackson) April 2, 2021
Jackson-Davis indicated that he wants more for Indiana in his junior year. The Hoosiers were 12-15 this season and lost their last six games, which led to coach Archie Miller’s dismissal. They were 20-12 in Jackson-Davis’ freshman year but there was no NCAA Tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Hoosier Nation has been down for awhile now and I want to be a part of the change that makes it great again,” Jackson-Davis wrote. “One last go around with the candy stripes. Let’s get to work.”
Jackson-Davis averaged 19.1 points and 9.0 rebounds this season and was named All-Big Ten first team by the media and second team by the coaches. He was named a third-team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association, the Sporting News and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The former Indiana Mr. Basketball from Center Grove High School and McDonald’s All-American was projected to be a late second-round pick if he entered the draft.