Blackmon Jr. off to hot start in junior season

  • 12/21/2012 9:14 am in

IPSAC110061aIf there was ever any doubt as to how well James Blackmon Jr. would be able to recover from last year’s season-ending knee injury, he’s put those questions to rest pretty quickly.

Blackmon Jr., a 2014 Indiana commit, is making up for lost time to start his junior high school season.

The 6-foot-2 guard is averaging 37.3 points per game through Fort Wayne Bishop Luers’ first three games fresh off a torn ACL injury that ended his season last February.

“It really kind of feels the same as it did before because of all the work I put in for my knee,” Blackmon Jr. told Inside the Hall of his success. “I just feel like I got better in different aspects. Sitting out watching, I watched a lot of film and stuff, so I’m a thinker of the game now too. My athleticism got a little bit better even though I had a torn ACL.”

Blackmon Jr. opened the year with 38 points in a 79-74 loss to Mishawaka Marian. He was even more impressive his next time out in front of Tom Crean, scoring a career-high 44 points, including six 3-pointers, in a 79-63 win over Fort Wayne South.

He added another 30 points in a 77-68 loss to Fort Wayne Concordia last Friday.

“This isn’t anything I really expected,” Blackmon Jr. said. “It’s just that, my teammates, I needed them to help me, and they got me open a lot. I did what I could to win the games, but I never really thought about scoring a lot of points. It was just something that came with playing hard and working hard.”

Blackmon Jr. said he has altered his game a bit this year with his collegiate career in mind.

“I’m trying to get myself stronger in the upper body so I can come in and compete as soon as I get there,” he said. “Also, I’m working on being good on defense because they play a lot of up-tempo. Their offensive game fits me already, and that’s probably the reason, because they play that up-tempo style.”

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  • MillaRed

    Loving every bit of this. You can’t teach this kind of prolific scoring.

  • PDXHoosier

    Wow. I love that he has improved by watching film and learning the game. I have a feeling his outside shooting will be much needed by the time he gets to IU

  • http://twitter.com/IUinNap Caleb Moore

    Yeah thats what I think as well. I’m looking atthese guys that will be here and you’ll have a lot of athleticism but not a ton of guy who can shoot it. Hartman will be that and then Blackmon too. Blackmon better at creating a shot. We arent going to have a ton of spots for ’14 but I could see us taking a few more. Pinson, Morgan, and McLaughlin would be sweet.

  • HoosierTrav

    I’d like to add Dwayne Morgan and hold off for a big run in the 2015&2016 classes.

  • CreamandCrimson

    James Blackmon is a prolific scorer and I am thrilled to see how quickly he bounced back from his knee injury. He is clearly dedicated to getting better and working hard to get 100% healthy.

    I think Blackmon’s profile is hurt a bit nationally by his knee injury plus his height. A 6’2″ scoring guard is probably going to cause some to be a bit wary about how he translates to an elite team. I have no such concerns but I think you will see him continue to be undervalued nationally because he is a bit undersized for a shooting guard.

  • SCHoosier

    Anybody know ihs game..strictly a 3 pt shooter..goes to the hole..etc???

  • http://www.facebook.com/cj.west.37 Clinton James

    I’d much rather have Lyle than McLaughlin. Keeps the in state talent rolling, and Lyle is a stat stuffer. I’m excited to see who joins JB in this class though, especially with the success we have had recruiting the past 2 years. I think it will be a 3-4 person class no matter what.

  • b_side

    Not concerned about his height at all. If we succeed with Hulls playing shooting guard, well, Blackmon is like Jordy 3.0. Reminds me a lot of Eddie House and Daniel “Booby” Gibson.