The NBA Draft Combine began on Wednesday, but Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis was noticeably absent from the event.
Jackson-Davis is not participating in some and perhaps all aspects of the Combine, and there are multiple reports suggesting this comes after the IU star tested positive for COVID-19.
Jackson-Davis was not included in the Wednesday participant measurements (height, wingspan, etc.) on the NBA’s website, and he was not listed as a participant in on-court testing activities.
Moreover, Jackson-Davis was not listed as a participant on the Thursday and Friday 5-on-5 scrimmage rosters.
Jackson-Davis is not certain to be drafted according to most mock NBA Drafts. While many players projected to be selected in the first round do not participate in some or all aspects of the Combine, the event is widely viewed as a valuable opportunity for players who project as as second round selections or undrafted.
Jackson-Davis was viewed as someone who would likely need to make a strong impression this week in order to earn a spot in the Draft he would find acceptable. Now it isn’t clear he will participate in the Combine in any meaningful way.
The Combine also includes interviews with teams, and Jackson-Davis could still potentially participate in private workouts with NBA clubs.
The 6-foot-9 Greenwood, Ind. product has until June 1 to decide whether to keep his name in the NBA Draft.
See also: Mike Woodson on Jackson-Davis — “I’m hoping like hell he comes back”
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