Trayce Jackson-Davis, a four-year star for the Indiana Hoosiers was on the board when the Indiana Pacers were on the clock with the No. 47 overall pick in the second round of the 2023 NBA Draft.
But while the Pacers had a chance to keep Jackson-Davis in the state, it did not happen. And he was not happy.
With the pick, the Pacers selected Mojave King, an NBA G League Ignite prospect.
Sources: Pacers are picking Mojave King at No. 47.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 23, 2023
Not long after, Jackson-Davis was on Twitter, promising vengeance.
He didn’t specifically name the Pacers, but only minutes after King was taken, Jackson-Davis tweeted, “Y’all will regret it… I promise you.”
Y’all will regret it… I promise you.
— TJD (@TrayceJackson) June 23, 2023
A lot of fans seemed to be in Jackson-Davis’ corner.
I respect the mindset https://t.co/OXnc88rksA
— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) June 23, 2023
21-11-4-3 on 58% shooting
stop overthinking TJD https://t.co/due2mUIY8r
— Mavs/Magic Draft (@MavsDraft) June 23, 2023
i will shove any draftnik who convinces me that you should draft a 9.4 ppg guy in the g-league over TJD into a toilet. https://t.co/g4klULP4i0
— kyle robbins (@kylerrobbins) June 23, 2023
Love the energy. Rooting for Jackson-Davis to follow through on this. https://t.co/od0otaAp0C
— Kris Pursiainen (@krispursiainen) June 23, 2023
Someone's going to get a huge steal: https://t.co/tel3TPvRBr
— Matt Zemek (@MattZemek) June 23, 2023
Davis has deep ties to the state, the Indianapolis area and the Pacers.
He’s the biological son of Dale Davis, who was a star of the Pacers when they were annual contenders in the Eastern Conference in the 1990s. Jackson-Davis also went to high school in Greenwood, Indiana, a southern suburb of Indianapolis. So, this was a pick that made a lot of potential sense.
Jackson-Davis was also a star with the Hoosiers. He was a consensus first-team All-American for Indiana in 2023 and averaged a double-double, scoring 20.9 points and bringing in 10.8 rebounds a game as a senior.