Trace Jackson Davis
forward | Indiana
Height: 6’9 “| Weight: 245 lbs
2023 Recruitment age: 23.34.2009
Although he will likely be older, Jackson-Davis will be getting the attention of the NBA teams ahead of this summer’s draft. He has a great combination of size and athletic performance that allows him to dominate defenders in the paint.
At roughly 250 pounds, he’ll actually be one of the heaviest players in the NBA which means the strength should translate well into the next level.
The left attacker plays with a lot of energy and does the most damage to the paint when attacking. Jackson-Davis is patient with his movements in the position and has a good balance. He feels his defenders well when backing them up in the paint and loves to spin in a dunk or throw the ball. He can finish the ball with both hands, but he definitely prefers to switch to a left-handed shot at the post.
In terms of where his insults are lacking, he’s basically anything outside of paint. Moreover, the confrontation game needs to work. Jackson-Davis has shown a willingness to fire more mid-range jumpers lately, but he’s not a 3-point threat at all. Not only does it not take a lot of depth shots, but it doesn’t change direction either. He only shot three times from outside the arc in his college career prior to his first season and never made any of them.
Again, it’s very effective near the edge, but not so much anywhere else on Earth. The bigger player has the ability to keep defenders off the rebound and create themselves on the edge though.
Outside of the jump, Jackson-Davis’ skill set makes him somewhat of a tweener as it relates to his position in the NBA. This makes it difficult to evaluate as a next-level possibility. He is too young to play in the middle but does not necessarily have the range and skill of many modern strikers.
As a result of this, he may have to be an ostensible player at the highest level in the small ball formations, which obviously could limit his cap.
With that in mind, he still does a lot of things that should get the NBA teams excited about him as a risky later in the draft or as an unformed free agent.
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He will need to be more disciplined this season to improve his draft stock as he is known to sometimes be prone to shifting.
Jackson-Davis isn’t an elite defender, but he did show some versatility at that end of the floor in pick-and-roll situations as well as in coating against bigger positions.
The former four-star recruit from Indiana was a top player in his state, Hoosiers during his long college career. The son of former NBA player Dale Davis, he will look to be the next in his family to make it to the league.
Jackson-Davis is exiting the All-Ten campaign and will play for a team with high hopes this season. He announced the 2022 NBA Draft initially but pulled out for another season in Indiana.
He’ll play alongside familiar faces again this season in the veteran Hoosiers roster, but he’ll also have a few new starters, including Jalen Hood-Schifino and Malik Reneau.
A second-round pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.
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