Trayce Jackson-Davis sits on top of the IU basketball career lists for rebounds and blocked shots, and he’s the program’s third all-time leading scorer.
He’s one of five players in Big Ten Basketball history to record 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds, and it took him four full years in Bloomington to amass those impressive numbers.
But more than the stats, it’s all the other details he picked up during that time at Indiana that has Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr excited about the 23 year-old from Greenwood, Ind.
“Trayce is an impressive young prospect,” Kerr said Monday at Chase Center.
“You don’t see that kind of college experience very often anymore but you immediately recognize the experience level and the advantage that gives him. What I like about Trayce: He plays how we like to play. He’s a good passer; a dribble hand-off guy at the top of the key, a good screener.”
Although he was drafted late in the second round, the Warriors chose Jackson-Davis with the expectation he’ll not only make the team, but play a role this season.
According to Spotrac, Jackson-Davis signed a 4 year / $7,639,302 contract with the Golden State Warriors, including $3,011,420 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $1,909,826.
He cemented those expectations this summer.
In two games in the NBA Summer League, Jackson-Davis averaged 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks per contest while shooting 66.7% (14-of-21) from the floor and 66.7% (4-of-6) from the free throw line.
Kerr says Jackson-Davis gives the Warriors something they were missing.
“(He) gives us a lob threat that we don’t otherwise have, which is a really nice addition,” Kerr said. “I think he’s the kind of guy who feels the game well. He’s got a good feel for passing, cutting movement, and a lot of the stuff that we already run, he runs really well.
So Trayce is a really intriguing prospect and will be fun to watch him play.”
The Warriors report to training camp on Oct. 3 and play their first preseason game on Oct. 7, against Jalen Hood-Schfinio and the Los Angeles Lakers.
They open the 2023-24 season on Oct. 24 at home against Eric Gordon and the Phoenix Suns.
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