Maryland basketball coach Kevin Willard has praised Indiana basketball star Trayce Jackson-Davis in an interview ahead of the Hoosiers’ game against Maryland. Willard has acknowledged Jackson-Davis’ impressive ability as a basketball player and highlighted seven key skills that make him a dominant player on the court. Willard stated that Jackson-Davis is “more dominant than Zach Edey, and that’s saying something”.
Willard commended Jackson-Davis for his ability to get everyone else shots and his willingness to pass the ball. He also praised his abilities as a rebounder, pushing the ball up in transition, toughness in the mid-post area, and shot-blocking skills. In Willard’s opinion, Jackson-Davis is an “unbelievable” shot-blocker and a “very, very good” defender. He went on to say that although the Hoosiers have many good basketball players, Jackson-Davis is currently the best college basketball player.
Jackson Davis’s performance during Indiana’s recent five-game winning streak has been nothing short of spectacular. He has averaged 25.4 points, 13.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 4.2 blocked shots per game. This season, Edey has been playing a team-leading 31.4 minutes and has averaged 22.1 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots per game. He has been shooting 61.2% from the field and 72.9% on free throws.
It’s not surprising that Willard has praised Jackson-Davis ahead of their upcoming game. However, his assessment of Jackson-Davis’s abilities as a basketball player cannot be ignored. Whether or not Willard’s opinion is correct, it’s clear that Jackson-Davis is a player to watch and a key part of the Hoosiers’ success. As the college basketball season continues, it will be interesting to see how Jackson-Davis continues to perform and if his abilities will earn him recognition as one of the best college basketball players in the country.