If 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.”