Video: Blackmon Jr. scores 40 in win at Howe

2014 Ft. Wayne Luers guard James Blackmon Jr. had a career night on Saturday. The 6-foot-2 Indiana commitment scored 40 points as Luers moved to 4-1 with a 89-83 win at Indianapolis Howe.

Inside the Hall was in attendance and we’ve compiled over four minutes of video in the embedded media player below. A video interview with Blackmon Jr. is also available after the jump:

  • jgon86

    Reminds me of Stephon Curry.

  • N71

    Can you imagine James with Jaquan Lyle and Jalen Coleman together…stone cold backcourt.  Imagine you’re Northwestern trying to game plan for that.  Then what about Trey and the front court, man these guys are going to have fun. Think about that if you are one of these players, how fun would that be to go to IU, with all these guys, and to just roll.

  • Joe B

    Not quite sure how this guy isn’t in the top 20 across all recruiting sites.  Athletic, good outside shot, solid handles.

  • Anonymous

    This kid hits free throws like Jordan Hulls! Has the ability to get to the line about 3 times as often though. The next 4-8 years and beyond at IU are going to be great!!

  • Anonymous

    I like that comparison.

    He too actually reminds me a bit of Verdell.  Except that he has a tighter handle, better consistency on his jump shot, and range out to and beyond the NBA 3.

    If James can play defense, he will get on the court soon b/c he can just flat out score the ball.  He is a natural.  He will put up a ton of points in an IU uniform.

  • jcopey

    He has some of that Jay Edwards silky smoothness on his jumper.  Love it.  He will be tough to defend, esp. if he can keep them honest with his drive.

  • Iumick22

    He has a nice stroke but bows his back too much when he shoots.  If someone doesn’t help him correct this while he is young, it leads to too many fourth quarter misses and lower back problems.

  • http://www.vccm.net/ iubase

    2:51 his block 1 foot above the rim shows athleticism and quickness…he will be something special…

  • Anonymous

    He will be a great player to have.  By that, I mean he will be a Cody Zeller type player.  He and Trey Lyle will be the type of players that change the way the whole team plays when they are on the court.  James seems much more athletic than he did this summer.  He will be a type that just takes games over his Junior and Senior year.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Dude didn’t even crack a smile when Joe told him that he scored 40 points, but he grinned when asked about IU this season … awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Good call on the smoothness factor…more Jay Edwards than Blackmon Sr.  Jay had sneaky athleticism as well and it looks like Junior has come along nicely as well.  His dad was very athletic, nice to see him come along so well and round out his game, he was just a shooter not too long ago in my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Good call on the smoothness factor…more Jay Edwards than Blackmon Sr.  Jay had sneaky athleticism as well and it looks like Junior has come along nicely as well.  His dad was very athletic, nice to see him come along so well and round out his game, he was just a shooter not too long ago in my opinion.

  • http://www.indyhshoops.com/ Joe Indy Hoops

    He was surprised at first I believe. He asked me afterwards if he really scored 40. Lol

  • Bleeding Crimson

    I’m a little bit older than most and really don’t text all that much….but I like the fact that these kids do stay and can stay in touch with one another on a regular fast pace.  He mention that Trey was texting him constantly and he can’t wait to get to IU to do great things. 
    Does anyone know how close JB and Trey are to Jaquan Lyle?  I hope they push him to sign with IU.  Would turn out to be a great class. 
    Does anyone think Bluiett is better? 

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Joe,

    First, thanks for the videos!

    I think that only proves that he’s as humble as I thought.  Most high schoolers keep track of their stats in game, esp. if they’re nearing such a high number as 40.  So not only wasn’t he keeping track (focus + humility), he cared more about his team getting the win than getting pub for himself (focus + humility).  Doubly awesome.

  • N71

    Based on video highlights only I get the impression Jaquan is the stronger player versus Trevon.  Watching them in person could give a different story but Jaquan looks like a rare talent at this point.  With kids his own age its like watching Steve Smith, Magic Johnson, Isiah, or Yogi, he does whatever he wants.

  • Anonymous

    No doubt about it.  Smooth, very smooth.

  • Anonymous

    No doubt about it.  Smooth, very smooth.

  • Guest

    Kind of funny to say he reminds you of a player than say except and list off three major things…

  • Nezimmer

    So he reminds you of verdell in that……he plays basketball? Don’t see that at all…

    I like the Stephan curry comp….just silky smooth with range for days.

  • Nezimmer

    They are good buds. Jaquan stays with Blackmon when he goes to ft Wayne for AAU tourneys. They all tweet each other frequently. Lyle, if we pursue him hard, is probably in candy stripes IMO

  • Anonymous

    I see these younger guys sitting behind the bench a lot.  That makes me feel good for a couple of reason: 1.  They are probably solid commitments. 2.  They are building a sense of family with the other guys coming in and the guys we already have.  I think that is the bonus of in-state talent coming here.  If they were kids form California or NY, they would only make a couple of games, and have a better chance of being swayed by another coach.

  • DegilZ

    I do believe he something like 29th in the nation in HS scoring

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