Blackmon Jr. off to hot start in junior season

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.”

  • 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.

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