Posted On: 02/11/18 5:08 PM
Center Grove has been an up-and-down team this year but is still in a great position to make a run in the tournament. Much of that success is due to 6’9 PF Trayce Jackson-Davis and his expanding game. Jackson-Davis has rocketed up national ranking lists and has really taken a huge jump this year with his game. Jackson-Davis is going to be a force going into his senior year next year.
“It has been up-and-down,” Jackson-Davis said. “We have lost to two teams by four or less points. We have only lost to good teams and we have beaten the teams that we should beat. We need to start knocking off these teams that are fifty-fifty games.”
He has a host of offers from high major programs such as Butler, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, and UCLA to name a few. He is also starting to take visits to these programs and is getting a good look at what each can offer him as a student and player.
Jackson-Davis has been down to IU the most over the last year and most recently visited Purdue for their game against Ohio State. Jackson-Davis is also seeing very heavy interest from Michigan State as Tom Izzo has visited him twice in the past month.
Jackson-Davis is now ranked 28th in the 2019 class nationally according to Rivals, where he is a four-star prospect. These rankings don’t mean a lot to Jackson-Davis as he uses them for more of a drive to compete even harder.
“It makes you more confident in your game but it also humbles you,” Jackson-Davis said. “There are people out to get you now because they don’t think you’re that good. You always have to play with a chip on your shoulder.”
Indiana University is the favorite to land his talents as according to 247sports crystal ball, IU has a 100% chance of securing him. Jackson-Davis has taken a variety of unofficial visits and is really showing a likeness toward IU.
“IU visits are good,” Jackson-Davis said. “I really like the coaches there and they are always keeping in touch with me. They call me after every game almost and I have been down there a few times.”
Michigan State and Ohio State are also recruiting Jackson-Davis really hard.
“I really like coach Izzo, he’s a great coach,” Jackson-Davis said. “Miles Bridges is a great player, they have a great team and they play really well together. Their defensive philosophy is a big key too because I like to block shots. That would be a good fit too.”
Jackson-Davis is continuing to work on his game even though he’s one of the top juniors in the state. He is trying to become more versatile as he works on his jumper and his ability to drive the ball. His recruiting is only getting started as with more improvements, he will only become more sought after as a guy who is improving rapidly.