Trayce Jackson-Davis is everything you could wish a collegiate athlete to be. He has stuck around four years, has gotten better every season, everyone -- including opposing head coaches -- lauds his character and he's breaking longstanding records. Given how he's played over the past five weeks, Trayce Jackson-Davis deserves your attention.
Against Rutgers on Tuesday night, Jackson-Davis was his usual dominant self. The senior forward scored 20 points, grabbed 18 rebounds, dished out six assists and tallied a block in 39 minutes. By his standards it was a quiet night. Over the weekend against No. 1 Purdue he was even better. Jackson-Davis went toe-to-toe with presumed National Player of the Year Zach Edey, posting 25 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in 39 minutes as Indiana upset the Boilermakers 79-74. Those last two games have been part of a remarkable stretch during which the senior has cemented his status as an all-time Hoosier great.
Indiana has played 11 games since the calendar flipped to 2023. In those contests Jackson-Davis is averaging 22.9 points, 14.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.4 blocks in 37 minutes per game. During that stretch he has become Indiana's all-time leader in blocks and on Tuesday night he became the only player in Indiana history to accumulate 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. And he's not done yet. By the end of the season, Jackson-Davis will be the Hoosiers' all-time leading rebounder and is likely to move into the top three on the school's all-time scoring list.