James Blackmon Jr. makes it official, signs with IU

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The first of three class of 2014 players expected to sign National Letters of Intent today with Indiana, James Blackmon Jr. made it official this morning by inking with the Hoosiers at Marion High School.

Blackmon Jr., the No. 31 player nationally according to the 247Composite, committed to the program on Oct. 31 in a televised announcement on ESPNU.

He’s the fourth highest rated recruit in the Tom Crean era (using 247Composite rankings) behind Cody Zeller, Noah Vonleh and Yogi Ferrell.

The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 33.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as a junior at Ft. Wayne Luers and is considered one of the frontrunners for the 2014 Indiana Mr. Basketball award.

He will finish his high school career at Marion, where his father, James Sr., is the new head coach.

Indiana is also expected to receive Letters of Intent later today from Benedictine Preparatory Academy (Va.) guard Robert Johnson and Wilbraham and Monson Academy (Mass.) forward Max Hoetzel.


(Photo credit: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

  • Dan Drubert

    There are 3 Plumlee’s as well!

  • IUMIKE1

    You far from being in an exclusive club on that one. And I was probably one of the loudest ones on the subject. Still eating crow, but crow never tasted so sweet.

  • IUMIKE1

    I’ll for sure second that thought !

  • IUMIKE1

    He seems to be the one to overreact most of the time and then when puts a differing opinion out there in response to his reaction he accuses them of being the one overreacting. Good thing for him that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. lol

  • IUMIKE1

    Don’t think we have to put too much thought into who at least one of those down votes came from.

  • IUMIKE1

    Ditto all of that comment.

  • IUMIKE1

    Good one ! Wonder how many are reading the spinning backwards part and scratching their heads with a confusing look.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Lol, exactly. Internet outrage at its finest. It is what it is these days. I would repeat what my Grandpa would have said about people getting their feelings hurt over the truth, but this is the 21st century and there are standards that this message board has and I will adhere to them.

  • r

    As his signature would imply, he and his family were true to their words and honestly needed to compare Indiana to other programs. In the case you missed his second verbal pledge: Blackmon said, “I just couldn’t imagine myself not playing in front of the fans of Indiana basketball.”

    I am a man of my word, but I have balked on some important decisions in the past…and I was glad I took the time to reassess the situation. Whether I stuck to my original words with renewed confidence or made a sound judgment after a better understanding and avoided a life-altering mistake, I am glad I chose to give those important decisions further consideration.

    Welcome James and family…very excited!

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