HD Video: James Blackmon Jr. at Spiece Run ‘N Slam

2014 Ft. Wayne Luers guard James Blackmon Jr. is considered one of the best shooters in his class nationally and last September, the freshman gave a verbal pledge to Indiana.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Blackmon Jr. put together a fantastic weekend at the Bill Hensley Memorial Spiece Run ‘N Slam All-Star Classic and Inside the Hall captured our first in-depth video look of the IU commit. Watch high-definition quality clips of Blackmon Jr. (wearing jersey No. 12) at the Run ‘N Slam in the embedded video player below (Note: You can expand the video to full screen by using the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the player):

  • RobD

    These guys play at a high level for freshmen. With continued improvement they could be minimum-years-enrollment players.

  • RobD

    These guys play at a high level for freshmen. With continued improvement they could be minimum-years-enrollment players.

  • Anonymous

    Pure scorer. Blackmon will absolutely fill it at IU. That’s all I got here, it’s pretty simple.

  • Chris

    these last two videos are nice, especially since they are playing up a age level

  • Kari_tyler

    The future is so bright!

  • CreamandCrimson

    Love Blackmon as a pure scorer.

    Off topic but very interesting as we look ahead to next season. I just saw on the ITH on Twitter feed a tweet about the top five teams in the conference post-NBA Draft deadline. Ralph Sampson, Jereme Richmond and Darius Morris are the notable people leaving. Sullinger and Shurna (kind of a head scratcher that he even considered it) are the notables coming back. On a side note, I don’t think Mbakwe is going to be at Minnesota next year as he continues to get in trouble off the court. So, what is your order for the conference as we head into the summer? Obviously, this is purely speculation and it will probably change a few times before the season but it is fun to think about.

    For me: Ohio State, Michigan State (Wood was a big addition), Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana are the top five. Purdue, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Northwestern are right behind that group. Penn State and Nebraska battle it out at the bottom. OSU is the clear favorite but I think spots 2-9 are completely up for grabs.

  • Anonymous

    Ohio State, MSU, Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern, Indiana, Michigan, PUke, Illiwhinny, Nebraska, Minn, and PSU

  • Anonymous

    No way Iowa is up there.

  • Anonymous

    I think there are three tiers to the Big Ten next year. Tier 1: OSU, MSU, Wisc. Tier 2: Michigan, Purdue, IU, Iowa, Illinois. Tier 3: Minnesota, PSU, NW, Nebraska.

    Anyone could finish anywhere within its tier, so IU could finish anywhere from 4th down to 8th. That 2nd Tier should be pretty competitive.

  • JerryCT

    Was he even trying hard ? I honestly could not tell

  • RobD

    this is a lot of credit to a 2010-11 IU team that was pretty poor all-around and only added 2 players.

  • InTheMtns

    We added three players — Cody, Austin and Remy. If Mo is back and ready to play, that’s sort of liking adding four players. I’m with Cal for the moment — anywhere from 4th to 8th, and that middle tier will be pretty competitive.

  • Anonymous

    JMO but they do return 5 of their top 6 scorers and one of the best forwards in the Big Ten last year who was a freshman. Like their coach too. Think that’s their biggest upside.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it is too much credit. Teams can turn it around pretty quickly. Look at PSU in ’09-’10 season vs the ’10-’11 season. They went from 11th to 6th, and they did not add nearly as much as we will this coming season.

    PSU lost nearly all of their team to graduation. They will battle Nebraska for 12th. Minn was helped by Sampson staying, but they lose Hoffarber and Nolen, and IU beat them last year when they weren’t very good. They also lost 10 of their last 11, so it isn’t like they set the world on fire either. I think NW losing Thompson is big too.

    Personally, I figure IU for 7th or 8th with a Big Ten record of somewhere between 9-9 to 7-11. If you think about it, with a little bit of luck at the end of a few ballgames, we could have gone 7-11 last year. Add our three newbies plus Mo, and I think it is definitely within the realm of possibility that this team finishes .500 in the conference.

  • http://weeklycritiquely.blogspot.com/ IUfanPurduePhD

    Do we have undercover operatives at every B1G institution?

  • eph521

    Shhhh…. keep it on the down low.

  • eph521

    Tend to agree with you. Especially about their coach…

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