How NIL can affect Trayce Jackson-Davis NBA draft move

BLOOMINGTON — He’s been at IU so long it might be lost on some fans that this spring marks Trayce Jackson-Davis’ first foray into the NBA pre-draft process. Declared but committed to maintaining eligibilityJackson-Davis is one of the few actors who could serve as early case studies of how the decision to stay or leave has changed in the NIL era.

Already an accomplished college player, Jackson-Davis finished his junior season in March with some of the best basketball of his IU career. In his last seven games, Jackson-Davis has posted 151 points and 54 rebounds, shooting 63 of 100 (63%) from the floor and 25 of 33 (75.8%) from the free throw line.

Now, Jackson-Davis is availing itself of this pre-drafting process for the first time. He is now part of a class of players for whom the decision is no longer as simple as whether to stay in college or start a professional career, with name, image and likeness reforms now allowing college athletes to take advantage of their likeness.

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