Recruitment Highlights: IU commits Trayce Jackson-Davis
Clark Wade, Clark.Wade@Indystar.com
Trayce Jackson-Davis, who was recruited to the Grove Center Center and IU, was named Indiana's Gatorade of the Year Player on Friday, making him the first recipient of the Center Grove award.
The award recognizes high-level athletes who demonstrate high academic achievement and character from court.
The award allows Jackson-Davis to award a $ 1,000 grant to the local or national youth sports organization of their choice. He also has the opportunity to submit an essay to win a $ 10,000 grant for his chosen organization.
The Grove Center is joined by Romeo Langford (2017-2018), Brian Bowen (2016-2017) and Kyle Guy (2015-2016) as Indiana's latest Gatorade of the Year award winners.
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Trayce Jackson-Davis noted that he led the Trojans to regional final victory over Bloomington South.
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This award affords Jackson-Davis a national Gatorade Player of the Year award, which is determined between the winner of each state and Washington D.C. The award will be announced in late March.
Greg Oden was the last athlete from Indiana to win the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006. Only two other Indiana athletes won the national award: Damon Bailey (1990) and Jared Jeffries (2000).
Saturday, Jackson-Davis and the rest of Trojans basketball team (21-8) will travel to Washington to take Ben Davis (19-7) in semistate. The game is scheduled to eliminate 6 p.m.