Indiana men’s basketball junior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis was awarded Big Ten Player of the Week honors, the conference announced Monday.
In Indiana’s opener against Eastern Michigan University, Jackson-Davis posted his 23rd career double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds. He not only put together another solid offensive showing with 19 points and seven rebounds in a blowout victory Friday against Northern Illinois, but he also swatted away seven shots — a personal best and fourth-most in a single game in program history — as part of a complete defensive performance by Indiana.
This is the third time Jackson-Davis has earned the Player of the Week distinction from the conference, with the other two coming last season.
Last season Jackson-Davis averaged 19.1 points and nine rebounds, a combination no other player in the Big Ten matched. Those totals earned him finalist honors for both the Wooden Award and Karl Malone Award, which are awarded to the most outstanding men’s basketball player and power forward in the nation, respectively.
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Through the first week of play, the All-American has already surpassed those averages with 20 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game. He’ll look to continue his strong start to the 2021-22 season when Indiana faces St. John’s University at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.