Getting to know James Blackmon Jr.

Throughout the spring and summer we’ve posted updates, scouting reports and video of Indiana’s verbal commitments. Today in our new “getting to know” feature, we go off the court with future Hoosier James Blackmon Jr. to introduce you to IU’s first commitment in the 2014 class:

Everyone thinks of you as a basketball player, but what do you like to do when you aren’t playing basketball?

“I like to hang out with friends and go have fun. Maybe go to a movie with friends or play video games with my brothers.”

Do you have a hidden talent or hobby?

“I can play the drums a little bit, I’m good at percussion.”

If I grabbed your iPod, what kind of music would I find on it?

“Right now, probably some Tyga, but not many people listen to him. Maybe some Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Wiz Khalifa probably.”

What is your favorite movie ever?

“Stepbrothers.”

What’s your favorite TV show to watch?

“I really don’t watch that much TV, but when I do, I usually watch cartoons with my youngest brother.”

If you had to make a team using yourself and any other four people, who would you choose to play with?

“Trey Lyles, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Monta Ellis.”

Would your little brothers come off the bench?

“Yeah, my little brother Jalen and Vijay.”

How old are they?

“Jalen is 8, and you can check out his video on YouTube. The other one, Vijay, is 14.”

How often do you play basketball with them?

“I play with my 14 year old brother all the time, we just compete. With my little brother I usually just play around with him for fun.”

What is the best advice someone has ever given you?

“Do everything like it’s your last, and that’s from my dad.”

Who is your role model or someone your look up to?

“My mom because she’s just a hard worker and that’s where I get my work ethic from.”

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I love the fact that he put Trey Lyles with him on his dream team!  That says something not only about Lyles and how good he is but how close the two of them are and what they’re going to do together!

    Add just one more 4-5 star player to this class and it’s a national contending team with what we’ll have coming back!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I love the fact that he put Trey Lyles with him on his dream team!  That says something not only about Lyles and how good he is but how close the two of them are and what they’re going to do together!

    Add just one more 4-5 star player to this class and it’s a national contending team with what we’ll have coming back!

  • http://www.twitter.com/GBuc12 BaseballBuc

    Well the one thing I learned from this thread, is that Crean needs to offer Jalen Blackmon. Wow! 8 years old?!?

  • http://www.twitter.com/GBuc12 BaseballBuc

    Well the one thing I learned from this thread, is that Crean needs to offer Jalen Blackmon. Wow! 8 years old?!?

  • http://www.twitter.com/GBuc12 BaseballBuc

    Well the one thing I learned from this thread, is that Crean needs to offer Jalen Blackmon. Wow! 8 years old?!?

  • KFDCHEV

    Have started my Final 4 savings account for 2015. Back at Lucas Oil and the Hoosiers should be loaded and ready !

  • Anonymous

    haha.  That is hilarious.  His little brother is unreal.  There is nothing wrong with a little Blackmon dynasty at IU from 2014 through like 2025 or whatever it is. 

    Again, James seems like a great kid.  Happy to call him a Hoosier and can’t wait until he starts fillin’ the nets in college, which he will do often.

  • Anonymous

    haha.  That is hilarious.  His little brother is unreal.  There is nothing wrong with a little Blackmon dynasty at IU from 2014 through like 2025 or whatever it is. 

    Again, James seems like a great kid.  Happy to call him a Hoosier and can’t wait until he starts fillin’ the nets in college, which he will do often.

  • wmrobinson717

    I think Jalen could have been the 6th man of CTC’s first team in 08, even at 5 years old

  • wmrobinson717

    I think Jalen could have been the 6th man of CTC’s first team in 08, even at 5 years old

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000056509267 Tim Mitchell

    Can’t wait for Lyles and Blackmon to get to campus.  Can a 2nd grader give a verbal commitment?

  • HoosierDadE

    That’s more of a Lane Kiffin approach…

    Woops…wrong sport, school, thread, all the above!

  • HoosierDadE

    That’s more of a Lane Kiffin approach…

    Woops…wrong sport, school, thread, all the above!

  • HoosierDadE

    That’s more of a Lane Kiffin approach…

    Woops…wrong sport, school, thread, all the above!

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

    That is an awesome idea.  I may have to duplicate it.

  • Anonymous

    The thing is that while Jalen was a 2nd grader, he was playing on and against 4th grade teams.

  • jgon86

    you mean, 2012, 2014, and 2015 right?

  • jgon86

    you mean, 2012, 2014, and 2015 right?

  • Bleeding Crimson

    the boy has some moves…sign him up and keep tradition on the Blackmon brothers.
    BC

  • MillaRed

    Would love to see Blueitt join this class. 2012 is great, but this class has a chance to do unbelievable things.

  • MillaRed

    Would love to see Blueitt join this class. 2012 is great, but this class has a chance to do unbelievable things.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I agree.  I’d like to see Bluiett be the final piece.  He just has that knack for the ball and does all the intangibles.  He was amazing in that championship game!

  • base

    Dustin Dopirak’s on Garrett’s coach. Said Garret wants to play and get to an NCAA tournament and that will decide his school. The grad school talk was just that, noise.

  • cdog

    I think IU would have as good a chance as any of the other schools at making the NCAA tournament.  The only difference is we play in a much tougher conference than any of the other schools.  It is a lot easier to get to the tournament if you play lesser competititon.  SDSU looked like they would be the next Butler last year until they had to play real competition in the tournament.  Only Garrett knows what he wants and the rest of us will know tomorrow.  Good luck to the young man either way.

  • cdog

    I think IU would have as good a chance as any of the other schools at making the NCAA tournament.  The only difference is we play in a much tougher conference than any of the other schools.  It is a lot easier to get to the tournament if you play lesser competititon.  SDSU looked like they would be the next Butler last year until they had to play real competition in the tournament.  Only Garrett knows what he wants and the rest of us will know tomorrow.  Good luck to the young man either way.

  • cdog

    I think IU would have as good a chance as any of the other schools at making the NCAA tournament.  The only difference is we play in a much tougher conference than any of the other schools.  It is a lot easier to get to the tournament if you play lesser competititon.  SDSU looked like they would be the next Butler last year until they had to play real competition in the tournament.  Only Garrett knows what he wants and the rest of us will know tomorrow.  Good luck to the young man either way.

  • base

    I have no doubt whatsoever that we will be in the NCAA tournament and I’d love to have the cunning and smart 6’11” Garrett Green being a part of it.
    Who wants to get to the tournament as much as Garrett Green? We do!

    Coach is an articulate guy and I’m sure his presentation was strong enough to reach Green.  We’ll see if Garrett has testicular fortitude and becomes a Hoosier tomorrow. Here’s the exciting part if he says yes. It means that we get a post man who will improve our productivity immediately. The kid has to have high BB IQ because he exploited his option to get out of Baton Rogue and find a team where he can play and experience the NCAA tournament.

  • http://www.prinsportsblog.com BGleas

    Yes and no. We do play in a much tougher conference, but we also play in a conference that routinely gets 6 bids. If you’re SD St. or LB St. you’re conference may only get 1 bid, so even if you’re the best team in the conference all year you have to worry about one slip up in the conference tourney and your season could be over. 

  • http://www.prinsportsblog.com BGleas

    Yes and no. We do play in a much tougher conference, but we also play in a conference that routinely gets 6 bids. If you’re SD St. or LB St. you’re conference may only get 1 bid, so even if you’re the best team in the conference all year you have to worry about one slip up in the conference tourney and your season could be over. 

  • Cmlinback

    His brother is a freak basketball player in 2nd grade lol

  • Anonymous

    And why exactly are the Colts playing without Peyton in 2013?  If it was 2016, then I’d understand.  Trying to jinx us, sheesh.

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