Basketball recruiting: Update on Center Grove's Trayce Jackson-Davis

Trayce Jackson-Davis

While the 2018 recruiting class is getting much of the attention with the early signing period less than two weeks away, there are reasons to look ahead to the state’s 2019 class.

Trayce Jackson-Davis, a 6-9 standout from Center Grove, is one of those reasons. The smooth left-hander appears to ready for a big junior year.

“Every year, he’s done what he’s supposed to do and (gotten) better,” Center Grove coach Zach Hahn said. “He’s grown and he’s more physical and he understands the game at a higher level. He’s put himself in a really good situation to be a great basketball player.”

It hasn’t gone unnoticed. Jackson-Davis, the son of former Indiana Pacer Dale Davis, is ranked as the No. 48 prospect in the nation in the 2019 class by Rivals. On most recruiting lists, only Fort Wayne North Side’s Keion Brooks (No. 35 by Rivals) ranks higher among in-state recruits.

Jackson-Davis was among those who visited Indiana on Saturday for Hoosier Hysteria. First-year coach Archie Miller extended an offer to Jackson-Davis in June and the Hoosier tracked him through July. He also visited Bloomington in August for the Ohio State football game.

“The visit was good,” Jackson-Davis said. “Hoosier Hysteria was really cool. It was good to see familiar faces like Romeo (Langford of New Albany) and Alex Hemingway (of Castle). I talk to coach Miller almost every day. I talk to (assistant coach Tom Ostrom) a lot. He’s a really good coach, too.”

Jackson-Davis said Miller’s offensive philosophy is similar to what he plays in at Center Grove.

“He said I’ll be able to run the floor and be more versatile like an Anthony Davis or Giannis (Antetokounmpo),” Jackson-Davis said. “I feel like I’d be pretty good at that.”

Jackson-Davis, who averaged 12.2 points and nine rebounds as a sophomore to help Center Grove to a sectional title, has plenty of other offers — Butler, Purdue, Clemson, Iowa, Michigan State and Xavier among them. Jackson-Davis will visit Ohio State this weekend for the Buckeyes’ football game against Penn State.

“Michigan State, Iowa, Purdue and Butler are probably in the top five with Indiana,” Jackson-Davis said. “But I’m still pretty wide open. I don’t even have a set list or anything like that. It will probably be an open recruitment until this summer and then I’ll get more locked in on it.”

Jackson-Davis has visited Iowa, Michigan State and Indiana for football games this fall and has also visited Butler. He has not visited Purdue this fall but said he has a “good relationship” with the Purdue staff.

“My dad likes Purdue a lot,” he said. “He likes how they develop their bigs and so do I.”

Butler has a commitment in his class from Carmel’s John Michael Mulloy.

“I like coach (Lavall) Jordan a lot,” he said. “I started playing with (Mulloy) in AAU and like him. He’s a good dude.”

Jackson-Davis said Michigan State stands out because of coach Tom Izzo and the program’s success and he likes Iowa’s player development and incoming recruiting classes.

“I’m not looking for anything in general,” he said. “I just want to keep my eyes and ears open for the best school that will fit me as a player. In the long run, I think I’ll make the right decision.”

Call IndyStar reporter Kyle Neddenriep at (317) 444-6649. Follow him on Twitter: @KyleNeddenriep.