James Blackmon Jr. reopens his recruitment

  • 08/08/2013 4:07 pm in

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After committing to Indiana nearly three years ago, 2014 guard James Blackmon Jr. announced Thursday that he will reopen his recruitment.

Blackmon Jr. was the Hoosiers’ only committed recruit in the 2014 class.

Blackmon Jr. confirmed his decision to Inside the Hall via text message Thursday afternoon. When asked if it was true that he had decommited from Indiana, Blackmon Jr. said:

“Yes, opening recruitment.”

Blackmon Jr. is ranked 25th in the 2014 class by ESPN.com and has had a terrific summer after recovering from a serious knee injury.

He committed to the Hoosiers around the same time as classmate Trey Lyles, who also decommited from Indiana and remains unsigned.

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  • Jennifer G

    Wow- I really had him pegged for Louisville. This would make a lot of sense. Wonder if any behind the scenes recruiting has been going on…

  • BluegrassHoosier

    I predict he is Michigan bound. Or UK with Lyles.

    Remember the dust up with Crean-UM Asst last year at UM? Blackmon was there and Crean didn’t know about it. I’m sure that set CTC off.

    We seem to be great at eyeing talent with young high schoolers, but that just puts them on everybody’s radar.

    We have got to keep our best state’s best players. I thought the thefts were behind us after Yogi committed.

  • BluegrassHoosier

    I predict he is Michigan bound. Or UK with Lyles.

    Remember the dust up with Crean-UM Asst last year at UM? Blackmon was there and Crean didn’t know about it. I’m sure that set CTC off.

    We seem to be great at eyeing talent with young high schoolers, but that just puts them on everybody’s radar.

    We have got to keep our best state’s best players. I thought the thefts were behind us after Yogi committed.

  • Banner6

    Two points:
    1) No loyalty. IU stood by JBJs side his sophomore yr when he tore his acl. Now his stock rises and he reopens. TOTAL BS!
    2) As an IU grad I’m objective enough to realize we’re no longer a powerhouse. Yes we won the BIG 10 outright this year but it’s been 11 years since we’re gotten past the sweet 16 and 26 yrs since we’ve hung a banner! Indiana has many of the best hs players in the country. Unfortunately, none of them are old enough to remember final four’s or national championships. UK, Duke, Butler and Kansas give them that. All we have is, “remember Alford’s shooting?” Or what about “The Shot?” I feel like a Cubs fan always “waiting until next year” only to be disappointed by another recruit who has “doubts” about his decision and reopens his recruitment. It’s hard to argue our greatness with Duke, UK, UNC or Kansas fans. The Sampson and Davis years took a toll on our program that make me wonder if we will ever again be a consistent top 10 team year in year out.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Do the right thing for you JBJ, but understand we do want you. I will also guarantee we want you many times more compared to any other program out there. You are a Hoosier, you have a place at Indiana to be adored. I know you are weighing your options but at Indiana you will be the home state hero. That means so much. Own this state my man, and in the end I hope you decide to chose Indiana.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Do the right thing for you JBJ, but understand we do want you. I will also guarantee we want you many times more compared to any other program out there. You are a Hoosier, you have a place at Indiana to be adored. I know you are weighing your options but at Indiana you will be the home state hero. That means so much. Own this state my man, and in the end I hope you decide to chose Indiana.

  • notfargj

    after sleeping on this last night, i have to admit that i’d rather james not play for us. it’d be best for everyone involved if he were to head down a different path. despite his best efforts to soften the blow, pacifying IU coaches and fans with sentimental statements is a waist of everyone’s time. it would be much healthier if he were to be forthcoming and put an end to the mixed messages.

    what’s sad is that he has become the target of criticisms when, in reality, i think the parents are the ones who need to be more keenly scrutinized. ultimately, they allowed their child to follow through with his initial commitment. sure, it’s easy to point fingers at the parents, but in this case we’re not talking about the average basketball parent. they should have known better than to allow him to make such a bold declaration at such a young age.

    similarly, the IU coaching staff is partly to blame for aggressively recruiting a child. granted, we were desperate to lock down any significant talent a few years back. yet, this doesn’t excuse the fact that adults were at the helm of this whole debacle.

  • Earl Scheib

    I’m totally with you B6. I graduated in ’87. Was at Jake’s for the Smart shot. My mom taught at IUN in Gary and I remember the ’76 and ’81 championships. Love IU hoops unconditionally. You’re so right here. None of these kids probably care too much or know about the tradition of the program. We are ancient history to some of these kids. I think Crean has done a decent job so far. But if he doesn’t win another banner in the next 5 years, we gotta move on. I think we can be top 10 program consistently, but Crean has to win banner 6. It’s been way too long dammit!

  • james

    I pretty much agree with you about everything. I mentioned earlier that I hope Crean stops offering 8th graders but I’m not sure he will. He has already done the same thing with a couple of local incoming freshmen. Instead of offering at that young of an age, why not just say “we are extremely interested in you and are going to recruit you heavily and if that all works out then the scholarship offer will come.”

  • Banner6

    I thought Zeller and Yogi were supposed to be the beginning of locking down the boarders and keeping the states’ best at IU. What’s happened in the past 12 months with the 2014 class is the opposite. Within one year we’ve lost the verbal commitments of 2 of the best in the state AND the country! We also lost a 5 star PG to U of L. What is causing these kids to commit and then leave the state for “greener pastures?”

    I completely believe CTC and Fred Glass are doing all they can to change the culture for the better and where it should have been all along. However, we are still feeling the aftershock of an era of a poor administration (Brand) and an out of control athletic department(3 AD’s in 10 years). Egomaniac Brand could’t handle going after a big name coach after he fired Knight. So HE, not the AD, hired Davis and the saga began. Yeah Yeah Yeah….all of you Davis lovers will say “well he took us to the national championship game.” Who cares, he didn’t win it and furthermore his recruits progressively got worse every year they played for him. Finally his strength, recruiting, not coaching, came to an end when he future was uncertain every year. No recruit wanted to commit because they didn’t know if he’d be around when they arrived on campus. All because Brand wanted to have a puppet he could control! I threw up in my mouth when I saw his signature on the court for the Final Four last year and the video praising him for all he’d done. PLEASE! Next chapter….Greenspan gets rid of Davis and goes after a crook who had just been convicted at a “football” school with no basketball “tradition” BRILLIANT! That’s like going after Duke’s football coach to coach at Alabama after he had just been placed on probation. Greenspan could’t lead a whore to bed as Knight once said. At any rate, hooray say the village idiots… free denim shirts, free cell phones, free marijuana and hall passes from class for everyone! Seriously folks, where is Greenspan today? How about Davis? Or what about Michael McNeely? Do you even remember him? Oh yeah, he was a stellar AD hire by Brand. The COO of the last place San Diego Chargers to come in and revitalize the football program. Really?! Do you see where are problems stem?

    You see our problems today, and why we still can’t keep the best in the state, go way back to a past where we had piss poor leadership from a university president who’s ego was out of control and a couple of clueless AD’s with no successful experience. While I think the world of Crean and all he has endured, and where he’s brought us etc. etc., we should have never been in the situation to hire him or anyone else for that matter if we had had respectable leadership. When Davis was gone, the opportunity was there to go after a big name coach. Like the way Alabama did with Saban or OSU did with Urban Meyer or UNC with Williams. If we are who we say we are, the best in basketball, then go after the best and pay what the best is asking. But hey, McNeely nor Greenspan had the guts to stand up to Brand and make that kind of hire because that kind of hire would be more popular than King Brand. “It’s Indiana” really doesn’t mean what it used to mean for IU. In fact, because of the bureaucrats in the ISHAA watering down the high school basketball tourney, it doesn’t mean as much there either. I just hope Fred Glass and CTC stay the course and give kids an opportunity to consider a stable and consistent environment. That’s the only way to stop what happened yesterday.

    Alright, my rant is out. I’m tired and going to take a 8 hour nap.

  • Banner6

    The 3 AD’s I was referring to were Doninger, McNeely and Greenspan. Not Glass! He’s done a great job!!! The 2 buffoons in the 10 year period were McNeely and Greenspan. Just wanted to clarify.

  • Banner6

    The 3 AD’s I was referring to were Doninger, McNeely and Greenspan. Not Glass! He’s done a great job!!! The 2 buffoons in the 10 year period were McNeely and Greenspan. Just wanted to clarify.

  • Rie

    “I think Crean has done a decent job so far. But if he doesn’t win another banner in the next 5 years, we gotta move on. ”

    Um… no. We keep improving every year he has been here. As you two agree on, the Sampson and Davis years took a toll on us. Two more seasons will mark 4 seasons since Zeller’s commitment and our rebound for good recruiting. These things take time and you are selling Crean short on what he has and will accomplish.

  • calbert40

    Because every other school is doing it. I think the idea is that they want to show that they are “all in” on a recruit not that they necessarily want them to commit until they are a little oler.

  • calbert40

    Bob, I’m gonna have to disagree with your comments. A lot, actually.

    First, I really couldn’t care less where a recruit lived during HS. I care more about his character, work ethic and talent than his zip code. Did we care that players like Oladipo, CWat, Sheehey, DJ White, Guyton (I could go on for a long time) were not from Indiana?

    Secondly, “doesn’t start showing results?” What results are you wanting? I’m not going to go through the litany of improvements this program has undergone in the short tenure of CTC to this point, but suffice it to say that it is a LONG list.

    Thirdly, “whiffed?” If CTC is whiffing on the recruiting trail, I think a lot of other program’s fans would love it if their coach “whiffed” as much as ours.

    He isn’t perfect, and we aren’t going to get every single high ranking recruit from Indiana. Look, I get it. We are all disappointed, but let’s step back for a minute and realize where we are as a program today. Losing or signing one recruit, no matter how solid he is, doesn’t make or break us like it did a few short years ago.

  • james

    Is every school really doing it? I’m pretty sure Coach K, Calipari, Beilein and Pitino don’t, and probably because of situations like this. Let me know if I’m wrong because I am not even close to 100% sure on this.

  • earl scheib

    Rie I hear you. I’m just spoiled, seeing 3 titles in my lifetime. Yes, we’re getting better, but as Crean said himself, “This is Indiana.” It’s a marquee brand in college hoops. Now it’s tougher than ever to win it all in the age of the one and dones–Knight won his championships, for the most part, with players he molded into great teams over a 4 year period. (Yes, Isiah Thomas left after 2 years, Smart was a juco transfer, but I’m pretty sure most of the players from those championship teams were around for 4 years.) Today it’s trickier–and teams are entirely new in only a few seasons. Some players do 4 years, some 1. It’s just the way it is. I will give Crean time, trust me. To me, five more years is that time. I’d think after such a great year last year, we’d have folks queuing up to play at IU. But what do I know. I’m just greedy and that wall needs #6!

  • notfargj

    what i find interesting is that we got in late on williams and were able to land him. and, if i’m not mistaken, we got in late on vonleh and landed him, too. on the flip side, trey and james verbally committed very early and have since reopened their recruitment. is going after a kid late in the game attractive to the young players? i suppose there’s no rhyme or reason to this stuff.

  • james

    yeah who knows what kids are thinking but it might even work out again with Whitehead!

  • Name

    I find this crap hilarious….. I am a Carolina fan and seriously laughing at you ppl being depressed about losing a mediocre recruit…. highly entertaining!

  • Name

    GET REAL PEOPLE………THIS KID IS MEDIOCRE AND UNDERSIZED! GO HEELS!

  • calbert40

    There are quite a good number of 2017 recruits with offers from major schools right now. Those players will be freshmen this fall, so that means that they haven’t played a minute of varsity ball yet. Many schools start scouting players at very young ages. They don’t always offer a player at this age, but it isn’t as uncommon as one would think.

    Obviously, there are pros and cons to offering a HS freshman. Sometimes you are able to build a relationship before most other schools, but sometimes you become less enticing than the new school that comes calling. Personally, I’d love to see us stop offering kids until their sophomore year at least.

  • james

    Totally agree with you that we shouldn’t be offering so early

  • mharv2631

    He will make more at Kentucky.

  • Hoosier living in Peru

    This is like your girlfriend just told you that she didn’t want you anymore and you are trying to beg her back into your life……….I say let him go and good riddance, there are other great players out there that wants to play for IU and that player could be another Olidipo, remember him? He was one of those players that CTC found that sailed under the radar that nobody else knew about.