At the end of the Indiana season, Trayce Jackson-Davis’s ideas were basically set. In his own words, he was “almost dead”
But after firing Archie Miller, Jackson-Davis wanted to give the new coach a chance, so he waited. Two weeks later, Mike Woodson was hired.
After an initial meeting with Woodson, Jackson-Davis liked what he heard. On the other hand, his parents are still skeptical about his third year of returning. Therefore, Jackson-Davis invited his parents to Bloomington to talk to Woodson.
Jackson Davis recalled: “Give them a chance and see what they say.”
During the meeting, Woodson withdrew the film from the previous season. He pointed out what Jackson Davis did when he missed a shot. He showed Jackson-Davis how to deal with specific situations in different ways. Woodson made it clear that Jackson Davis needs to practice jump shots and right-hand movements.
Jackson Davis said: “What he really tells me is what I don’t want to hear.” “That right has shown me that he already wants the best thing for me… I think it’s my parents selling it. when.”
The entire meeting lasted two hours. After the case is closed, Jackson Davis and his family only need five minutes to negotiate with each other. The father told him that he wanted to stay.
On Friday afternoon, Jackson-Davis officially announced the news and posted on social media that he will return to Indiana in his junior year.
Jackson Davis said on Friday: “He (Woodson) said he doesn’t want to rebuild, he wants to win immediately.” “He said I take it seriously. Hearing what the NBA coach tells you, this is really a Very simple decision.
This decision also marked another momentum of turmoil for Woodson, as he began to lay the foundation for the future of the plan. Taking back the most productive piece of Indiana State, especially after he is likely to leave the NBA, will prove that the energy and development trajectory of the Indiana State team next season is invaluable.
Although Jackson Davis’ decision is about his own development and potential to rise to the next level, his business has not been completed since last season.
With two weeks left in the season, Indiana is on the right side of the bubble and seems to be entering its first NCAA tournament in four years. But then it lost six consecutive times. The Indians actually derailed the season, ending the game with a record of 12 wins and 15 losses.
Jackson-Davis did his best. He averaged 19.1 points and 9 rebounds per game this season, and was also selected to the All-American Third Team. Jackson-Davis pointed out on Friday that he did all of this and maybe Woodson has wiped him without using his right hand.
The works around Jackson Davis have never been tightly integrated. Indiana’s offense was confusing, and under Miller’s leadership, its defense fell apart. Indiana is competitive in most games, but cannot play when it matters most. After withdrawing to the Rutgers team in the first round of the Grand Slam Championship, they were booed in court due to increased frustration.
Jackson Davis said: “I think we have been there for a while, without any energy.” “There is no energy here. I feel that after the whole season, our lives have been taken away.”
Then Woodson was hired, and Jackson Davis felt a sudden change around the plan. Woodson introduced experienced basketball ideas to Thad Matta and retained Kenya Hunter, an assistant coach who was critical to recruitment. Parker Stewart announced on Wednesday that he will stay in Bloomington. Recruiters Logan Duncomb and CJ Gunn both reiterated their commitments after talking to Woodson.
Jackson Davis said: “Since Coach Woodson was hired, I feel this is a new positive atmosphere.” “We are really happy to be here, and to be part of the team and start working. “
Now, with his return, Jackson Davis is working hard to become part of a bigger cause. The term “heritage” usually spreads at the end of a career. But in Jackson Davis’s decision, he made it clear that he did not want to get out of the low point in the history of Indiana basketball.
Jackson Davis said: “I hope Indiana basketball is back on track.” “That’s why I’m back. I believe in this tradition. I believe there is something special here, and I want to be one of the reasons. . I don’t want to be someone who runs away in difficult times.”
Sitting in front of the podium on Friday, Jackson Davis looked refreshed. He is optimistic about the fast-paced offense and hopes his teammates will come back from the transfer portal. He showed excitement in front of the fans in the hall.
It seems that he and Woodson have a similar vision, and they hope to create unprecedented achievements in the recent history of the Indiana basketball team.
Jackson Davis said: “I think we have the opportunity to do a very big thing.” “Something that hasn’t been done here in a while.”
Submitted to: Trayce Jackson-Davis