Off the Dribble: Hoosier Hysteria Recap with Trayce Jackson Davis, Keion Brooks Jr and Khristian Lander
By: T. Hood
We recently checked in with IU recruiting targets Trayce Jackson Davis, Keion Brooks and Khristian Lander to discuss their recent visit to Hoosier Hysteria.
Some background on the top IU targets and our Q & A with each.
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove 2019, 6-8 PF, #14 overall according to 247 Sports
As a junior Jackson-Davis averaged 21.9 points per game, 9.3 rebounds per game and 4.1 blocks per game before Langford and New Albany defeated Center Grove in the IHSAA 4A Regional Championship. Playing on the Nike EYBL circuit for the Indy Heat this summer TJD was very productive averaging 19.3 points, 7.7 rebounds while shooting it at 57% from the field. He also won a gold medal with Team USA in the FIBA U-18 Championship.
T. Hood: Briefly talk about your experience at Hoosier Hysteria
TJD: It was great to see all the fans and hang out with the players and coaches. Hoosier Hysteria was really cool, and having the fans scream for you when you walk out just as a recruit was cool.
T. Hood: I know you have been able to build a solid relationship with the coaches, you have been to IU multiple times. Discuss how they have prioritized you in terms of recruiting and what that means to you.
TJD: They have been to every one of my AAU games and I talk to the coaches often, but every other coach has something similar to what they are doing. I've been down there a lot yes, but it's because it is only 45 minutes away.
T. Hood: You and Keion had a very strong summer playing together for the Indy Heat, how much do you all talk about playing at the next level together?
TJD: We have talked about it, I do like playing with him and he's a great player, but at the same time he is going to make the best decision for him and so am I.
T. Hood: This summer you represented the US and won a gold medal. I have always heard that the training camp and preparation before the games are ultra competitive. What was your experience like?
TJD: The training camp was fun, yet tough. We had two a days everyday until we left for Canada. Being chosen to represent our country is really an honor and something I take pride in.
T. Hood: Lastly, you're the front runner to win Indiana's Mr. Basketball. Describe what winning that would mean to you and also what made you go back to Center Grove as opposed to going prep?
TJD: Winning Mr. Basketball would be the icing on the cake, it is a really prestigious award and I would be grateful to earn it. The reasons why I came back to Center Grove is because I love the community my brothers on the team. My coach is one of the main reasons why my skills have increased so much and I haven't won a state championship yet, so that's what I'm looking forward in trying to accomplish this year.
Keion Brooks, La Lumiere 2019, 6-7 SF, #12 overall according to 247 Sports
He recently transferred to powerhouse La Lumiere from Fort Wayne North Side where he averaged 22.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 2.5 assists as a junior. He also played for the Indy Heat on the Nike EYBL circuit and averaged 19.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 blocks alongside TJD. Also noteworthy, his father played for Indiana assistant coach Ed Schilling at Wright State.
T. Hood: How was your experience at Hoosier Hysteria?
KB: Hoosier Hysteria was great. The atmosphere in the gym was crazy, and it was nice to see how the players and coaches interact with each other.
T. Hood: I know your father previously played for Coach Schilling at Wright State, you've taken multiple unofficial visits to IU in the past, just talk about your relationship with the coaching staff as a whole.
KB: The realtionship I've built with the staff has been great. They have taken the time not just to get to know me but my whole family as well.
T. Hood: I saw you and TJD together at Hoosier Hysteria. You guys compliment one another on the court and it was evident this summer with the Indy Heat. How serious have you two talked about playing together at the next level?
KB: We've had some conversations here and there about possibly going to school together, but nothing really in depth. We're just taking it day by day.
T. Hood: You wrapped up a big junior year at Fort Wayne North Side. What ultimately made you decide to transfer to La Lumiere?
KB: I felt like the move the LaLu was best for me because it gave me the best opportunity to prepare for college. Being around high level players everyday would help push me to be better.
T. Hood: What are you goals before you enter college?
KB: Before I enter college I want to hopefully win a national championship at LaLu and overall just have a great senior campaign.
Khristian Lander, Reitz 2021, 6-1 PG, #14 according to 247 Sports
The physical talent is undeniable and some are saying he could arguably be the best basketball prospect to come out of Evansville ever. His high school coach, Michael Adams, says his basketball IQ is off the charts. He is ranked as the #1 PG in the 2021 class and had a very strong summer on the Adidas Gauntlet 15U circuit for EG10.
T. Hood: How was your experience at Hoosier Hysteria? Also, was this your first visit to IU?
Khristian: It was very exciting, really good atmosphere!! No, I went like two weeks before.
T. Hood: How would you describe your relationship with coaching staff?
Khristian: My relationship with the staff is extremely good. I talk to all the coaches a lot when I see them! I talk to Archie the most and usually you don't talk to the head coach a whole lot but I talk to him more than any of the other coaches.
T. Hood: I know it is early in the recruiting process for you, but at this point what's most important to you?
Khristian: I look for the team to play like how I like to play. I look for good relationships with coaches and I look for if they have a good mechanical engineering program.
T. Hood: Do you have any other unofficial visits scheduled currently?
Khristian: Ohio State this weekend and then Iowa but idk the exact date.
T. Hood: What are your expectations heading into your Sophomore season?
Khristian: My expectations are to get to a sectional! I want to be the leading scorer in Evansville and be top 3 in the state in assists.
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