Trayce Jackson-Davis, Son of Former Pacers Star Dale Davis, Is Giving Indiana Fans Déjà Vu

Indiana Pacers fans who turn on a college basketball game featuring Trayce Jackson-Davis might feel a major sense of déjà vu.

Jackson-Davis, a sophomore forward at Indiana, is the son of former Pacers star Dale Davis. And much like his father, Trayce is trying to leave a major impact on the Hoosier State.

Trayce Jackson-Davis is a forward at Indiana

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At 6 feet 9 inches and weighing 245 pounds, Trayce Jackson-Davis brings solid size to Indiana’s frontcourt.

Through his first 21 games this year, Jackson-Davis averaged 19.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 0.5 steals in 34.3 minutes per night. Jackson-Davis is hitting 53.2% of his shots, down from the 56.6% he averaged last year.

Jackson-Davis has been an impressive scoring threat since the Hoosiers entered Big 10 play in December. In 14 conference games, Jackson-Davis has topped 20 points seven times.

Jackson had nine double-doubles in the Hoosiers’ first 21 games. Indiana held a 12-9 record (7-7 in Big 10 play) at publication.

His father, Dale, starred on the Indiana Pacers

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Trayce Jackson-Davis isn’t the only member of his family who played at a high level of basketball in Indiana.

Dale Davis played 10 total seasons with the Indiana Pacers, including a stint from 1991-2000. The 13th overall pick in 1991, Davis averaged 9.3 points and nine rebounds per game in those first nine campaigns.

Davis earned All-Star honors in 2000 when he averaged 10 points and 9.9 rebounds in 74 games and 72 starts. Davis added 7.9 points and 9.5 rebounds in 97 playoff games during that initial stint.

After four seasons with the Trail Blazers and half a season with the Warriors, Davis returned to Indiana in 2005. Davis averaged 8.5 points and 10.9 rebounds in 25 starts for the Pacers while Jermaine O’Neal was injured.

Davis spent the last two years of his career with Ben Wallace and the Pistons.

What do Trayce Jackson-Davis’s NBA draft prospects look like?

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Trayce Jackson-Davis could soon join his father as members of the family who appeared in an NBA game.

Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman posted his ‘Top 50 Big Board’ in December 2020. Wasserman listed Jackson-Davis at No. 46, which would be a mid-second round pick. 

“Though Jackson-Davis’ game hasn’t changed, his post footwork, body control and instincts suggest his inside scoring can translate. Eventual signs of shooting touch could propel the breakout sophomore into the first-round discussion.”

In a January scouting report, NBA Scouting Live‘s Alan Lu praised Jackson-Davis’ ability to score in the post and block shots. However, Lu said Jackson-Davis is “undisciplined defensively” and may not have the size to play inside. 

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