In a surprise to many, Indiana University men's basketball star Trayce Jackson-Davis (pictured above) has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft and will return to school for his redshirt junior season.

Trayce averaged 18.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in the 2021-22 season.  He also shot a scorching 59% from the floor for the year.

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He had been projected as a second round draft pick in next month's NBA Draft, via NBADraft.net.  He has two years of eligibility left due to the free COVID-19 year (2020-21).

Jackson-Davis tweeting out the news:


The 6-9, 245 lb. Jackson-Davis helped the Hoosiers to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.  And rallied the team into the NCAA Tournament when it looked late in the season that the Hoosiers would be sent to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).

With Trayce returning next season, the Hoosiers could contend for Big Ten honors next season.  They have 13 returning players (including Trayce) for next season.  The Hoosiers went 21-14 last season and lost to St. Mary's (CA) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament 82-53.

Jackson-Davis joins Michigan junior-to-be Hunter Dickinson as prominent Big Ten players who are returning to school for next season.  At best, Dickinson was projected to be a second-round pick.

The deadline for college underclassmen to either remain in the NBA Draft or return to school is June 1st.  Michigan State's Gabe Brown, Marcus Bingham, and Max Christie have all decided to remain in the Draft.  While MSU's Joey Hauser and the aforementioned Dickinson and Jackson-Davis have decided to return to school.

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