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Welcome to another edition of 6-Banner Sunday, a joint production between The Assembly Call and Inside the Hall, highlighting the six most important IU baskets stories in the past week.
In an eventful week for Indiana, the team responded to a blowgeon with a close victory at home, picked up another big commitment and clung to the big ten positions. So much left is unknown about this IU group, but we are here to try to find it.
In this week’s edition:
• Jackson-Davis Connects to IE
• Scouting TJD
• IE Defeat in North America
• Where do IU stand at the beginning of December?
• Early Check-In on Big Ten Conference Game
• Hoosiers in NBA
• Bonus: IU Football Progress to College Cup
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Jackson Davis Commits to IE
Five Star Forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, a big man from High School in Indiana Grove, announced his commitment to Indiana Friday afternoon, giving Archie Miller and his staff another solid in-state recruitment in class 2019.
Jackson Davis, a 6 foot 8 player, is 247 Sports 16th ranked player in the country and ESPN 17 th ranked recruiter. Jackson-Davis also considered Michigan State and UCLA.
He will join 2019 employee Armaan Franklin next year in Bloomington. The two connect with each other on Friday night at Center Grove, and both Franklin and Jackson-Davis discussed the game and their relationship after the competition.
India’s official Twitter account also confirmed the news which indicates that Jackson-Davis has already written in addition to verbally. Jackson-Davis had previously said that he would not commit during the early signing period.
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Jackson-Davis, despite its lack of advanced size, is unusually skillful and versatile for a big man.
Already 230 pounds, the left has a size and strength advantage over almost all colleges that he faces, and is likely to be able to overcome many college power forward. He can put the ball on the deck and pass, but probably not comfortable enough to serve as a primary initiator or offensive catalyst. He is handsome inside, with hooks and forgeries that can keep the defender in balance.
However, Jackson-Davis tends to float in some games and does not always dominate what his size suggests. In Friday’s game against the cathedral he showed some interest in defending himself outside the color and struggled to consistently defend himself at both ends of the floor (although he rejected Franklin twice late in the match).
He probably will not be a one-and-one college player, and maybe not the best player in his recruiting class. But the fact alone speaks about the talent Indiana will have on his roster next season, and Jackson-Davis will play an important role in one way or another.
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Note! Look out for a special edition of The Matchup in Podcast on the Brink stream later today. I interviewed Sam Vecenie about the draft prospects on India’s roster, and Trayce’s name came to the conclusion of the episode.
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IU Defeat Northwestern, 68-66
The game was closer than fans and analysts could have expected, but Indiana pulled out a late- game victory against Northwest Saturday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
Juwan Morgan, who left the game with a visible right leg injury, led Hoosiers with 17 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two stalks. Romeo Langford made a team high 20 points to go with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
After Morgan left the match at 3:30 to play in the second half, Langford took down the stretch and made two major baskets and make important defensive games to help IU secure the win. His defense of Vic Law in the second half was the best he had watched at the end of the season, and his all-around game was the best of his Indiana career.
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IU will be in early December?
With another (close) win under his belt, Indiana improves to 6-2 in the season. Still, with a conference game over and another 19 to play, Hoosiers is probably not at the level that most predicted they would be this time of year.
And that’s good.
With so much of the season left to play and the team still learning to play with each other, there is plenty of time for Indiana to cover the ground it needs to cover by the end of the year.
But the last two matches have shown how far Indiana needs to go. Duke game was not close, and a good team should defeat Northwestern with more than a single basket. Given Michigan, Maryland, Wisconsin and the rest of the conference, Indiana will not be able to go through many more games. The schedule promises to be difficult.
Winning the road and handling athletic, squeezing teams have been challenging for IE, but ball movements, defense and efforts have all shone at a moment. Only four more non-conference games, two of which will represent legitimate threats to add a third loss to India’s total.
At the moment, however, two are not a bad number.
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Early Check-In at Big Ten Conference Games
Michigan, Maryland, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Indiana won all their first conference games this season, with Nebraska , Ohio State, Illinois and Minnesota all to play on Sunday. Michigan was particularly impressive, trouncing Purdue 76-57 at home behind the strong efforts of Jordan Poole and Jon Teske. If Wolverines continues to play at this rate, everyone plays for others.
But with all the other Big Ten teams who have at least one spot on their record this season, Indiana is still a lot in the pursuit of others in the present. It’s still early, but no law has distinguished itself from the packaging like Michigan has.
The coming weeks will tell, and an opportunity for Hoosiers to create separation for better or worse.
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Victor Oladipo will miss an indefinite time with a very right knee that Pacers announced this week. Oladipo was heading for another All-Star look, on average 21.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.7 helping with 44 percent shooting. The pacers are currently 13-9 and are 3-3 without their All Star.
Eric Gordon is still cold from the 3-point range as the rockets trip through the early stages of the season. With Chris Paul sidelined, Gordon is called to play more of a leading role next to ruling MVP James Harden, and his shooting percentages have reflected overriding by his side. His 2-point shooter, who won a career-high course last season, has regressed over 10 percentage points. Houston needs something to pour it back to the elite level as it reached a season ago, and a turn from Gordon would be a good place to start.
Despite being moved to a bench role after the arrival of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, OG Anunoby plays several minutes and a major role for the Toronto Raptors this season. Anunoby’s long-distance shooting has fallen to begin the year, but he’s more aggressive in the bow and creates a little more insult to himself than he did a year ago. The raptors are focusing on a shooting improvement sometime before April, when Anunoby figures to play a central role in what can be a long and fruitful playoff run.
We should be careful to turn over to any troy Williams style in the NBA, all of which have so far resulted in trips back to the G-League or free agency, but Williams has risen over the past 11 games for the not terrible Sacramento Kings. Third-year wings are averaging over 15 minutes and six points per game and have helped keep together some cool and fun Kings Bench units. Sacramento’s fast speed fits Williams well, because he likes to slash the track and shoot without much restriction.
Cody Zeller left Hornets game against Utah Jazz on Friday night with left rib contusion and is listed today. Zeller, who has missed significant time due to injury in the last two seasons, had been averaged over nine points and five rebounds in 22 games – everything begins – and Charlotte has scored opponents with almost five points per 100 possessions with him on the floor. Surely all parties hope for a quick recovery.
Bonus: IU Football Progress to the College Cup
The IU football team defeated Notre Dame on Friday to earn another College Cup appearance – 20 th in the program’s history. Hoosiers will take on Maryland on Friday, December 7th in Santa Barbara, CA for a place in the national championship.
And with the pleasure of hanging Banner # 6 now a week closer.  Thank you for your continued support for the meeting call and inside the hall. We will be back next weekend with a new roundup.
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