In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Trayce Jackson-Davis’ impressive freshman season
• The raw numbers behind his inaugural college campaign
• Why Jackson-Davis should be the Big Ten Freshman of the Year
Welcome Hoosier fans to today’s edition of Banner Morning — your daily rundown of IU basketball news and notes.
I’m Cameron Drummond and let’s look at Indiana’s star freshman.
It’s no secret that Trayce Jackson-Davis is the engine that makes Indiana go at both ends of the court this season.
Feeding him touches in the post on offense is a safe bet to help the Hoosiers score the ball, and on defense he’s increasingly become an important rebounding presence in a crowded Indiana frontcourt.
But Monday brought another reminder of just how impactful Jackson-Davis has been as a freshman this season.
The Big Ten bestowed Jackson-Davis with the Big Ten Freshman of the Week award Monday afternoon, the fifth time the freshman from Center Grove has earned the honor this season.
It came after he recorded a combined 40 points and 26 rebounds in wins over Minnesota and Penn State, and the play of Jackson-Davis was once again a talking point for Archie Miller on his weekly radio show Monday night.
“He’s got to be one of the main cogs right now,” Miller said of Jackson-Davis.
Further evidence of Jackson-Davis’ importance to Indiana this season came courtesy of a mid-Monday tweet from the official IU men’s basketball Twitter account.
As of Monday evening, Jackson-Davis was one of only four freshmen nationally to lead their respective teams in the categories of scoring, rebounds, field goal percentage, free throws made, free throws attempted and blocked shots.
For the record, the statistical totals behind those stats are as follows: Jackson-Davis has 380 points, 219 rebounds, a field goal percentage of 58.3, 106 free throws made, 152 free throws attempted and 51 blocks so far this season.
Those impressive raw totals, combined with his importance to an Indiana team that at 18-9 overall and 8-8 in Big Ten play appears destined, right now at least, for the NCAA Tournament, means Jackson-Davis should be the frontrunner for the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award.
Miller even said as much following last week’s win over Minnesota.
“He doesn’t get enough credit, nationally he doesn’t get enough credit,” Miller said. “He’s been a bright spot for us all season. I think he’s the Freshman of the Year in the league…he’s my guy.”
Jackson-Davis, of course, will continue to be an integral part to Indiana’s success this season, especially during tonight’s rivalry game at Purdue.
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