Trayce Jackson-Davis isn’t IU’s all-time scoring leader. And he isn’t the program’s all-time rebounding leader. Not yet anyway on that latter category.
But on Tuesday evening the 6-foot-9 senior forward became the first IU player ever to surpass both 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.
Jackson-Davis passed legendary IU guard Yogi Ferrell on Tuesday evening in a win over Rutgers and now stands sixth all-time at IU with 2,004 points. He is third all-time in rebounds.
The Greenwood, Ind. product seems to achieve a new milestone every game, and he’ll admit he’s aware of the accomplishments if not focused on them.
“Do I know about the numbers? Yeah, I do,” Jackson-Davis said on Tuesday evening after the Rutgers game. “I don’t really pay that much attention to it right now. We’ve got a lot of season left and a lot more to be focused on than me just individually. We are trying to win. I’m just doing my best to help my teammates win basketball games, but when my career is over, then I’ll kind of reflect and think about all that stuff.”
Jackson-Davis passed 2,000 in a fitting way. Of of his many talents, his second jump might be his best asset. Jackson-Davis got to his own miss before anyone else and flushed it with a two-handed dunk in the second half.
Next up on the points list is none other than Mike Woodson, who scored 2,061 during his own IU playing career.
“It’s unbelievable. All I can say, it’s unbelievable,” Woodson said on Tuesday evening. “This young man has done a lot since he’s been here wearing this uniform. I couldn’t be more prouder of a player. He’s a phenomenal player, beautiful to watch but he does a lot of wonderful things on the floor, man, to be able to score 2,000 points and get 1,000 rebounds, that says a lot.”
Indiana forward Miller Kopp had to deal with Jackson-Davis for two years when he was at Northwestern, and now he’s on the other side as a teammate. He’s admired Jackson-Davis’ body of work from both near and far.
“Well, it’s just dominance, really. It’s just consistency,” Kopp said. “At the end of the day, you not only have to be a really, really good player but you have to be consistent.”
Jackson-Davis has a chance to become the program’s third all-time leading scorer, depending on how many postseason opportunities Indiana plays. Don Schlundt is currently third with 2,192 points.
He now has 1,035 rebounds and seems like a lock to pass Alan Henderson’s all-time program record of 1,091.
Jackson-Davis is the fifth player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, joining Joe Barry Carroll (Purdue), Ethan Happ (Wisconsin), Greg Kelser (Michigan State) and Herb Williams (Ohio State).
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