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Trayce Jackson-Davis to Take Official Indiana Visit During Hoosier Hysteria

Multiple outlets are reporting statements that Trayce Jackson-Davis gave publicly over the weekend.  The five-star Greenwood, Indiana native updated where his recruitment stands, including his plans to use up his allocation of five official visits over the coming months.

“Right now, I have two or three officials. I know IU, UCLA and Michigan State are all locked in. They’re going to be officials. I know I’m taking my Indiana visit for Hoosier Hysteria. But other than that, I don’t know when. I know Indiana will be Hoosier Hysteria.”

His Nike EYBL Indy Heat teammate Keion Brooks, Jr. is also planning to visit Indiana at its annual Hoosier Hysteria event that kicks-off practice in October.

As we have suggested previously, Jackson-Davis appears to be in no rush to make a commitment.  He continues to take in the process and leave the door open for new schools to express interest.  That appears to be continuing to occur, as Wake Forest and North Carolina are also getting involved.

“It’s the same schools and then Wake Forest started to get involved with coach (Danny) Manning, who was on the USA staff. North Carolina, Roy Williams called me last night (Friday). He said he wants to start getting involved, too.”

The Wake Forest angle is interesting.  We’ve mentioned how the dynamics of having current college basketball coaches lead programs such as Team USA provides interesting advantages and access.  Manning was an assistant on the Gold Medal winning U18 Team USA that Jackson-Davis participated on, and thus would have had regular contact.

The Center Grove high school product also seems to have an appreciation for the concept that Indiana head basketball coach Archie Miller and his staff need time to establish their fingerprints on the program.

“…I think last year, it was just getting their feet wet with the program. He (Archie Miller) didn’t really have his players (last season), so you can’t really judge that.”

We expressed a similar sentiment about Miller and Indiana basketball a few months ago.

While he didn’t provide any insights into a current favorite or group of favorites at this time, we continue to believe that Indiana should be the perceived leader here.  That being said, there is plenty of good competition, and the list seems to be growing.  Jackson-Davis indicated that he doesn’t intend to cut his list down until after July.

Jackson-Davis also had some other good quotes including his discussions with another IU target — D.J. Carton, the notion of playing in college with Keion Brooks, Jr., the schools that are recruiting him the hardest, and more.  You can read the full transcript of the interview via Inside The Hall here.

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