Notebook: James Blackmon Jr. to visit IU this weekend

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Former 2014 Indiana commit James Blackmon Jr. said he would take a final visit to Bloomington before making his second college decision.

Wednesday evening, he made it clear he was following through with his promise. Blackmon announced via his Twitter account that he will visit IU this weekend, only a week after his official visit to Kentucky.

“IU visit this weekend #IUBB,” he said.

The 6-foot-3 combo guard from Marion High School has also taken an official visit to Michigan (Sept. 27) and is considering Michigan State and Kansas, as well.

The 247Composite rates him as the No. 31 prospect and No. 12 shooting guard in the 2014 class.

Lyle might visit, as well

According to multiple media reports, 2014 guard JaQuan Lyle said there’s a “possibility” he will visit IU this weekend for its exhibition against Southern Indiana.

The long-time Indiana target has recently reappeared on the Hoosiers’ recruiting radar after he transferred from Evansville Bosse to Huntington Prep (W.Va.) and subsequently parted ways with Louisville.

Indiana coach Tom Crean visited Lyle in West Virginia on Tuesday, and the No. 22 prospect in the 2014 class has said he still has plenty of interest in the Hoosiers’ program.

“Coach Crean is a man who I feel like I can talk to at any time,” he told Inside the Hall recently. “We have a great relationship. I can call him at any time, he can call me at any time. He’s just a great guy.”

Mosquera-Perea in walking boot

An Indiana spokesman told Inside the Hall tonight that sophomore forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea has been walking around campus in a walking boot, though it is only for precautionary reasons.

Mosquera-Perea dealt with a foot injury before last season as well, though the spokesman said the move is only a “preventative measure” and that he “hasn’t been limited in practice in any way.”

He is expected to play in Indiana’s exhibition Saturday night.

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  • HoosierTrav

    I’m from the area and I can say that I too heard the same exact rumors……BEFORE the Lyles decommit. UK has always been JB’s dream school. His father was a conflict mediator at my high school and his office was a shrine to UK basketball. I cant imagine that he wants his son to pass on playing for his alma mater for a school that passed on him.

  • banarish

    You make a logical point, and I agree. But people do things for all different kinds of reasons that often don’t make the most logical sense. Logic would have dictated that he not commit as a fourteen year old freshman.

  • Andrew Walker

    I completely agree with that.

  • HoosierTrav

    Wrong. Sound decision making would have been to make no commitment until you were sure you wanted to stick to it. Its a promise you make to a coach/program. So going back on a promise is “sound decision making” in your eyes? Bryant Mcintosh decommitted from Indiana State for Northwestern (cant say i blame him for that one). And there is a BIG difference between Cody Zellers recruitment from the rest of these Indiana kids…. He didnt break a promise!

  • HoosierTrav

    I’d rather be the fly on the wall at the Blackmon family dinners. I really want to see what his dad has to say.

  • metalhead65

    I understand he made the commitment when he was young but come on what more does IU have to do to get him to honor it? it’s not like they stopped talking to him once he said he was coming. what has changed with the staff and campus since he said was coming that he needs to look elsewhere then come for another visit. I like the fact he may play for the hoosiers but hate they have chase after him and beg him to come. it would have been nice to get one of the other top guards so they could tell him we don’t need you. we can only hope they are as talented as they are hyped if they do come to IU because they sound like they will need allot of maintenance

  • HoosierTrav

    Not the case anymore. in regards to Northwestern, that is.

  • HoosierTrav

    I agree 100% on this being the way it is. Just bc it sounds cynical doesnt mean its not the truth.

  • Dave Carnes

    If the kid wants to be the kind of Kid that goes to KY then let him we are not looking for spoiled children.Look back at the great players we have had at IU and you won’t see any of these kinds of games.

  • RONINJEFFERSONVILLE

    Dear Mr Blackmon , Here is a lil trivia for you to think about. What do Mike Flynn and Kent Benson have in common? Answer Mike Flynn won Mr basketball in 1971 and played at Kentucky You hardly hear his name now. Kent Benson won Mr Basketball in 1973. Name one person in IndianA that hasnt heard of Mr Benson. Another example would be Marguis Teague, in 10 years people will say WHO.

  • Ole Man

    Jr. wants to go to IU.
    Sr. wants him to go to UK.
    So, Jr. picks MI.

  • hardcore_hoosier

    JBJ has handled everything really well following the decommit. And it’s great that we are getting the last impression with this visit. I think he will make a informed and objective decision now. And we have a realistic chance I feel. Down to IU and UK it seems. All we can do is show him some love Saturday at the exhibition game and know that the coaching staff has done all they can. Really want to see him at IU however he’s a good kid and I wish him the best regardless.

  • hardcore_hoosier

    Of course, slightly on the subject, is the advantage of IU girls. Have all their teeth and so forth. So based on your analysis he’ll realize we were the hot chick all along. Works for me.

  • notfargj

    on the surface, there have been five indiana h.s basketball players reneging from their college basketball scholarship commitments. but, the real issue transcends high school and collegiate basketball players. while my comment above was intended to be sensitive and objective, i’ll spell out the subtext. this whole trend – or, game – of boasting about their college decision, only to experience “a change of heart,” is an issue of selfishness and even pride. the young men are making decisions based on their emotions, not principle, and until someone instructs them otherwise, we will likely be subject to similar cases.

    we can spend hours-upon-hours justifying the reasoning behind their actions but the truth of the matter is that by making an empty or uncertain commitment, they have demonstrated that they have little-or-no regard for others. the whole idea of “i have to do what’s best for me” is a means by which to deflect responsibility.

    what’s more, we live in a society where “me” has become more important than the whole, where sacrificing self is no longer sexy and selfish gain is paramount. we are carelessly breeding a generation of people who are self-absorbed, self-important, fixated on image and have a general lack of understanding of the ramifications of their decisions. going to college on a full scholarship was once a big deal, an honor, that held a certain degree of reverence for both the player and the fan. we have created a budding culture of kids with the “what can you do for me” mindset.

  • achurt

    Indeed.
    A few years ago… I was bragging to a coworker about our class of 2014 after Lyles and Blackmon had committed. He, being a non-IU fan, and a big college football fan, made the comment that a verbal was meaningless. I told him it just wasn’t that way with college hoops.
    Boy was I wrong. If this is a new trend, it sucks.
    Even if a Lyle decommits, and comes here… I still don’t like it.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    i doubt mom is pushing IU, she is a UK grad

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    where ever he chooses, good luck to him hoping it is IU but my gut says he goes to Michigan.

  • dtfreed

    I would say a chance to close the deal after he went to the big KY whoopie B-ball kick off is a good thing. You always want to know what they other guy has offered, to see if you can match or do better. Lets say playing time. Or maybe who else is coming there or here. Its really kind of seems whether each coach views him of being a one and done or something else, again playing time to a certain extent. Or if he thinks he is OAD? Certainly it takes a large ego to go about it that way straight up. NV says the right things but if he has a great freshman year then maybe he is gone. Some top guys are probably told by the coach who wins the recruit, I fully expect you to be an NBA player after one year, but after the top 5 recruits or so it probably depends on the kids performance his frosh year. if train moving directly to the NBA from KY has sloed a little then it improves IU chances for him.

  • Trevor Howenstine

    The practices, strength training, the 365 in the gym expectations at IU…Some just don’t want to work that hard. They think they’re pro material already. We want top talent with big dreams and willing to work to hit those dreams. The recruits know the expectations, the ones that say no,in some cases just don’t want to work that hard. And it’s ok. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Get talent and work ethic surrounded by our great coaches and you get products like Shehe(#BIG6THMANOFYEAR#USWORLDGAMES#INYOURFACEJAMS), Yogi (#US WORLD GAMESFRESHMAN) CODY, OLIDIPO (#TOP5PICKS), VONLEH, (#ADD25LBSIN4MONTHS) The system and environment is developed now, we don’t need top talent with low work ethic to set bad examples! Like I said It’s ok if it’s “not the right fit” (That’s code for “There has to be an easier route”)

  • Tuck Daddy

    Cal is telling JBJ he can come to UK for a year and then go pro. That is Cals speech now. Cal doesn’t care if these kids go pro and don’t make it. He might say he does but he doesn’t. You can go pro and be a first round pick and still end up a big turd. You play for that second contract. As for 7-8 Cats going pro this year and really making it, I don’t see it happening. There is way too much talent in the college and international game for 7 kids to be first round picks from 1 team. Randle, Young, Cauley-Stein, and 1 Harrison. I don’t see any of the rest being 1st round picks.
    The way I look at it is you either want to be a Hoosier or you can go on down the road. We want the VOs, Yogis, Big Fishy’s, TWills, and others who love IU. These kids will develop and go pro in either basketball or life!

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Ok, this is bizzarre. Disqus is telling me I’ve got 3 responses, but I only see the one.

    Blech… my posts disappear in one thread, responses disappear in others… I should go submit a problem report to Disqus about this. :(

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Yep. That’s all pretty reasonable, and I agree with it.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Well, good! Northwestern’s way to nice a school to be a Betty Finn amongst all the Heathers in Division I.

    I’ll stop there; I have no idea who’d be J.D. in this movie analogy, and I’m sort of afraid to find out. :-S

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Prom date above… fish analogy here… what’s next, Big Mac amongst Quarter Pounders on the shelf at McDonalds? ;)

    … on that note, I just realized I’m hungry. :D

  • unclekerfuffle

    –”U dont ask a girl to prom then dump her 3 weeks later when a hotter girl becomes available.”–

    Replace “hotter” with “easier” and your analogy is more on target.

  • eglinden

    Wonderfully put!!!

  • eglinden

    Who the heck could down vote this comment?

  • Snookafly

    I’m just not buying that the players at Kansas, MSU, UK, etc. don’t work hard.

  • BC

    The UK fans don’t seem all that excited to get him. They want Booker. I get the feeling they will take him or leave him. Leave him especially if it hurts them getting Booker.

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    I, for one, am at a point where I couldn’t care less. If he chooses Indiana, great. If not, that’s great too…..

  • Larry Burke

    Sometimes, we need to send a message so that word gets around. Withdraw his scholarship. He really isn’t good enough to play at UK. Opportunity knocks once and he didn’t respond. He’s too slow for an SEC guard, but fits slower play in Big 10.

  • r

    I would be happy with Lyle or Blackmon committing, but after landing Johnson, I am really pulling for Robinson. A class of just Johnson and Robinson would be plenty enough to make me extremely excited about this class.

  • concerned

    I see what you’re saying but its kind of hard to argue that Indiana gives JBJ the best chance at going to a final four when IU hasn’t been to a final four in over a decade and UK, Kansas, Michigan, and Michigan State have all been to the final four in the last few years.

  • marcusgresham

    You’re talking about 14 and 15 year-old kids. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the fact that they’re taller and stronger than grown men means they’re beyond that age in maturity and such. Think back to when you were that age. I’m sure you can mine the crevices in your brain to dredge up a recollection of some girl you told you would “love forever,” that is little more now than a fleeting memory.

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