Indiana star big man Trayce Jackson-Davis announced Friday that he is withdrawing his name from the NBA draft and will return to Bloomington for another season, making the Hoosiers a preseason top-15 team nationally — and potentially the Big Ten favorite.
Jackson-Davis announced earlier this spring that he planned to enter the NBA draft but maintained his college eligibility. He was invited to the NBA draft combine, but he did not participate, amid reports he tested positive for COVID-19.
A 6-foot-9 Indiana native, Jackson-Davis earned second-team All-Big Ten honors last season after averaging 18.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. He’s been one of the most productive power-conference post players during his three seasons with the Hoosiers, averaging 19.1 points and 9.0 rebounds in 2020-21 en route to first-team All-Big Ten honors.
As a freshman in 2019-20, Jackson-Davis put up 13.5 points and 8.4 rebounds.
During Mike Woodson’s first year at the helm last season, Indiana struggled with consistency but reached the NCAA tournament, beating Wyoming in the First Four and then losing to Saint Mary’s in the first round. The Hoosiers return four starters from that team, while also adding five-star recruits Malik Reneau (No. 22) and Jalen Hood-Schifino (No. 24), as well as ESPN 100 prospect Kaleb Banks.
Indiana was ranked No. 15 in ESPN’s most recent Way-Too-Early Top 25, one spot behind Michigan. The Hoosiers and Wolverines are likely to enter next season as the favorites to win the Big Ten.