Recruit roundup: Blackmon Jr. continues dominant season

IPSAC110061aThroughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how IU’s six 2013 signees and James Blackmon Jr. are performing at their respective schools. (Photo credit: Jamie Owens/J. Scott Sports)

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2013 SIGNEES

· Collin Hartman (Indianapolis Cathedral): Did not play as he recovers from a fractured left wrist. Cathedral beat Indianapolis Northwest 82-68 on Jan. 2 and Lafayette Central Catholic 78-48 on Jan. 5.

· Devin Davis Jr. (Warren Central): Ten points in a 69-64 loss at Lawrence North on Jan. 2 and eight points in an 82-47 win at Terre Haute South on Jan. 4.

· Luke Fischer (Germantown, WI): With Tom Crean in attendance, Fischer scored a team-high 28 points in a 76-69 win over Nicolet on Jan. 4. Germantown is 12-0.

· Noah Vonleh (New Hampton Prep, NH): Did not play as New Hampton Prep is off until it hosts St. Thomas More on Jan. 14.

· Stanford Robinson (Findlay Prep, NV): Ten points in a 76-51 win over Redemption Christian on Jan. 5. Findlay Prep is 18-0 and ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Super 25.

· Troy Williams (Oak Hill Academy, VA): Did not play as Oak Hill Academy is off until Jan. 11 when it hosts Toronto Academy.

2014 COMMITMENT

· James Blackmon Jr. (Ft. Wayne Luers): Twenty-eight points and eight rebounds in a 68-61 win over Ft. Wayne Dwenger on Jan. 4 and 44 points in a 79-73 overtime win at Muncie South on Jan. 5. Blackmon Jr. is averaging 38.2 points per game and Luers is 4-3.

  • plane1972

    Just not possible for Blackmon to keep this pace and not end up a five-star imo. He is just lighting it up. Has anyone here watched him this season?

  • marcusgresham

    …and fresh off a knee injury. Who is the last IU recruit with PPG average like that? Joe Hillman? Chuck Franz?

  • Pritch24

    The best part about it is that he’s doing it against 3A and 4A teams, and good ones too. Oh, and he’s a junior. I’d still like to see his shooting percentage, though. It’s one thing to score a lot of points. It’s another to just hoist up a bunch of shots and some of them are going to go. 44 points on 35-40% shooting is still impressive, but that is a lot of shots.

  • plane1972

    Chuck Franz. Best moustache in college hoops history.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Ferguson/1394136225 Steve Ferguson

    Much more athletic than either one of them. Remember his father is James Blackmon senior, whom had a 43 vertical and played for U of Kentucky. Has dad’s athletic ability and Mothers brains. She is a medical doctor in Fort Wayne.

  • LiveIUBBall

    I hate when people get down on any IU player, or recruit too much, but man, Collin seems to ALWAYS be injured. Feel bad for the kid n wish the best for a recovery and his future. I start to wonder though at what point do you reconsider if he is a good fit for this program. How often does it happen that a big program “resends” a scholarship offer? I think that’d be a really sucky thing to do, and glad it wouldn’t be my call, but something has to give with more 2013 recruits than spots. I know it “always works out”. Tough decisions may have to be made, and I feel like there could be casualties. If I had it my way he’d fully recover, have a great rest of the season and a fruitful career at IU.

  • dave

    he was 14 of 21 from the floor(9-12 3’s) and 7-8 from the line.

  • shknqk

    He is 54% from field for the year. 84% from the line.

    He will exit season top 10 rank for the year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaronaders Aaron Aders

    Blackmon Jr. has an incredibly smooth shot for his age. With 38.2 avg ppg and a shot like that, I don’t know how he is not a top 25 recruit. Especially with Zak Irvin from HSE coming in at #24 on the ESPN top 100 this year?!?!

    But who cares, I am just glad that we got him. I can’t wait to see him draining shots in cream & crimson!

  • ufo3

    JBJ should sky rocket up the 2014 rankings at the end of the season into the top 15 or top 10 most likely, right where he was entering HS. JBJ will likely be a McDonald’s All-American just like his father. 14 of 21 from the floor, 9-12 3pt shots, 7-8 FT. That is lighting it up. That is Ray Allen shooting to score 44 points, not Allen Iverson gunning. JBJ will be a great Hoosier scorer. I have seen JBJ play 3 games so far this season and he looks quicker, stronger, and more athletic that he did before the ACL injury. JBJ had an impressive one handed dunk against Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger and handled their pressure and physical play with total calmness and cool. JBJ looks really focused now, seems like he has something to prove now, since before everything came so easy for him. There is a reason JBJ was invited to the 15U USA National Team tryouts. He is that good. The game comes very easy to JBJ, high skill level combined with natural athletic ability, and now after the injury more mental focus and drive.

  • ufo3

    Richie Farmer’s porn ‘stache was the tackiest mustache in college hoops history.

  • calbert40

    I don’t know if it was 38 ppg, but I think Charlie Miller averaged 30+ ppg in HS.

  • MPmike

    Yeah, it makes you wonder if he will even be coming to IU next year or go via the prep route. You hate to see this happen to a student-athlete that committed so early during high school, especially when IU was down, he still committed along with D. Davis. I hope everything will work out well for C. Hartman.

  • MPmike

    Don’t short change his farther on smarts, because you know Sr. is a very good basketball coach with high school state titles.

  • MPmike

    Yeah and you see how that workout, unfortunately. Just because you average this many points don’t necessary transfer to the next level. It depends on the player and how his game will evolve.

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t think Damon had a season average that high. Pat Graham averaged 32 his senior year in ’89.

  • http://twitter.com/CONORPATRICKS Conor Shea

    Pretty sure AJ Moye averaged like 44 a game as Mr. Basketball Georgia

  • dave

    max preps search ft wayne luers

  • BlakeD1223

    I’ve got questions…..

    First of all, is Blackmon definitely coming to IU? Is it just a verbal commitment?

    Also, why did Noah and Williams not play? Are they hurt?

  • CreamandCrimson

    Noah Vonleh’s school (New Hampton Prep) is off until January 14 and Troy Williams’ school (Oak Hill Academy) is off until January 11. These questions could be answered by reading the article.

    James Blackmon Jr. is in the Class of 2014. He isn’t allowed to sign a National Letter of Intent until Signing Day for the Class of 2014. So it is only a verbal commitment because that’s all he can do at this time.

  • BlakeD1223

    Oh, so you are telling me I have to actually read the article and not just post stupid questions like I did on here? Hmmm, my bad. :)

    Thanks for the info though.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I was once told there are no stupid questions. Who knows? Maybe you didn’t have time to read the article or something…I just wanted to point out there was info in the article that could answer your questions.

    Anyway, you are welcome. I wish I knew when Signing Day was for Blackmon Jr. and any other 2014 commits we end up getting but I think it is quite a ways off.

  • BlakeD1223

    Yeah, I skimmed through the article. Saw they didn’t play and focused on “they didn’t play” and then my brain told me they were hurt. Not thinking that they just didn’t have a game.

    anyways, I hope for a good game tonight followed by an Irish win.

  • azhoosier

    doesn’t ring a bell….was he any good?

  • calbert40

    Very true. I think Michael Lewis averaged about that much in HS too, but his role for IU was different. While I don’t think his role will be scoring 30 ppg, I think that Blackmon’s role will be that of a scorer. I’m excited to see what he can do!

  • calbert40

    Very true. I think Michael Lewis averaged about that much in HS too, but his role for IU was different. While I don’t think his role will be scoring 30 ppg, I think that Blackmon’s role will be that of a scorer. I’m excited to see what he can do!

  • jpniles

    Rightfully so, Blackmon is getting a lot of press. However, has anyone been keeping tabs on the numbers Luke Fischer is putting up? I know that he is not playing in IN, but he is playing for a big school in WI, and putting up some pretty insane numbers. Will be interesting to see how he develops over the summer. He might be more involved next year than we have been thinking (or at least than I have been thinking).

  • Pritch24

    Ah, much better. Those are some impressive numbers. Thank you.

  • marcusgresham

    Well, obviously by my reference to Joe Hillman and Chuck Franz. lol

  • marcusgresham

    Not as tacky as his poltical career and marriage.

  • marcusgresham

    Not as tacky as his poltical career and marriage.

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