UPDATE: Jackson-Davis has also signed his national letter of intent with IU. You can see the tweet from Indiana below.
You can expect a celebration tonight in Greenwood, Indiana, as IU commits go head to head.
Center Grove’s Trayce Jackson-Davis will face off against Cathedral’s Armaan Franklin, and they’ll do it both as IU class of 2019 commits.
Jackson-Davis broke the news via Twitter on Friday afternoon:
— TJD (@TrayceJackson) November 30, 2018
In the end, it was all about playing in state. Jackson-Davis said this to Jake Weingarten of Stock Risers:
TJD: Staying home and playing in front of fans means the most, It’s an amazing thing and I’m just happy that I can do it in my own backyard and in my own state and represent them the best way possible.
Assumed to be an IU commit for a long time, Jackson-Davis created some doubts in recent weeks when he didn’t sign during the early period and suggested it may still be a while before he made a decision. Michigan State and UCLA were the other finalists.
Hometown – Greenwood, Indiana (Center Grove)
Position – Power Forward
Height – 6-foot-9
Weight – 232
247 Sports Composite Rating – 5-star
Key Statistics —
- Center Grove (Junior Season): 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks per game.
- Nike EYBL: 19.3 points and 7.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.9 blocks per game
For Archie Miller, Jackson-Davis’ commitment marks the second consecutive year that an in-state five-star has committed to the program, following Romeo Langford just 7 months ago in the class of 2018. Miller has emphasized the importance of recruiting in-state talent from day one, and Jackson-Davis’ commitment validates the efforts of the entire IU coaching staff to that end.
The Hoosiers continue to pursue Keion Brooks, Jr., another class of 2019 in-state five star recruit. The Fort Wayne native is well known to be good friends with Jackson-Davis. We believe that Brooks is close to making a decision as well. You can read our latest assessment of his recruitment here.
Interestingly, in the Stock Risers interview linked above, it is suggested that Indiana is still in the hunt for another class of 2019 five star. Isaiah Stewart had indicated several weeks ago that he was no longer considering Indiana. Can the Hoosiers sneak back in with a late push? He is teammates with Brooks at La Lumiere in northern Indiana.
It will be interesting to see whether there are any IU related developments regarding Stewart in the coming days. Stewart and Brooks’ La Lumiere program play in a Hendricks County, Indiana tournament this weekend.
With Jackson-Davis joining Franklin in the 2019 class, Indiana moved up to 37th nationally in the team rankings according to 247Sports, and 29th according to Rivals.
The Indiana basketball program also tweeted out the Jackson-Davis news today, indicating that he has officially signed:
— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) November 30, 2018
You can watch highlights of Jackson-Davis from the Nike EYBL Peach Jam here:
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