Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis has put his name in the 2022 NBA Draft, he announced on his social media pages Saturday.
The 6-foot-9 All-Big Ten performer will leave the door open for a return to Indiana.
“I am ready to continue this journey, and after long consideration and prayer, I have decided to declare for the 2022 NBA Draft while also maintaining my (college) eligibility,” Jackson-Davis wrote.
The announcement means Jackson-Davis will obtain feedback from league executives and coaches. He is also allowed to sign with an agent without foregoing his college eligibility.
Jackson-Davis started all 35 games for IU in 2021-22 and led the team in scoring (18.3), rebounding (8.1), field goal percentage (58.9%), free throws made (147), free throws attempted (218) and blocked shots (81). He was second on the team with 66 assists, and he added 22 steals.
In three seasons Jackson-Davis has worked his way up to 15th on IU’s all-time scoring list with 1,588 points, ninth in rebounds (797), seventh in blocked shots (178), and seventh in field goal percentage (55.8%).
Since 2019-20, Jackson-Davis ranks fifth nationally in scoring (1,588), sixth in field goals made (588), fourth in free throws made (412), second in free throw attempts (797).
The Greenwood, Ind. product also addressed his family, coaches, teammates and fans in his statement.
“These last three years at IU have been a blessing and I have cherished every moment wearing the candystripe uniform with pride.
“I would not be where I am today without so many people. I would like to thank my family and my coaches who have supported me through the years. To my teammates, I am thankful to have bonds that go beyond the court, and a big thanks to the fans that packed Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall every week.”
The NBA Draft Combine (May 16-22) will be held in Chicago. Jackson-Davis will have until June 1 to decide whether to stay in the Draft or return to college for his fourth season.
The NBA Draft on June 23 will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Most mock NBA Drafts have Jackson-Davis being selected in the second round. If that holds, he will have to weigh the pros and cons of staying another year at IU and possibly working his way into the first round. His ability to monetize his name, image and likeness while in college is a factor in that assessment.
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