Blackmon Jr. finishes third in Mr. Basketball voting

  • 04/08/2014 12:21 pm in

Class of 2014 Indiana signee James Blackmon Jr. finished third in voting for the state’s Mr. Basketball award behind Trey Lyles and Trevon Bluiett, The Indianapolis Star announced today.

Lyles, a Kentucky signee, won the award with 117 votes and was followed by Bluiett, a Xavier signee, with 108 votes.

Blackmon Jr., who played his senior season at Marion after playing his first three high school seasons at Ft. Wayne Luers, finished third with 95 votes.

Lyles (Indianapolis Tech, Class 4A) and Bluiett (Park Tudor, Class 2A) both won state championships this past season.

Blackmon Jr., who is ninth on the state’s all-time scoring list with 2,387 points, has two busy weekends ahead. This coming Saturday he’ll play in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon and he will then play in the Jordan Brand Classic on Friday, April 18 in Brooklyn.

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  • bloomingtonian

    I don’t take any issue with anything you just said. I also don’t see him having the impact of vonleh, don’t see Lyles as the same type of player. I don’t think Lyles could handle playing at the 5 like Noah and Cody did.

    It should be interesting to see which UK players opt for the draft. Obviously Randle will, but they have soo many that Lyles might not even see the court next year. It would be similar to how Lee wouldn’t have played this year had it not been for injury to Cauley-Stein.

  • Snookafly

    He was going to be the next Kareem, but with a lot more raping.

  • ExMeaSententia

    @N71 — you seem to assume that IU’s Men’s BB success is a factor of how much player talent is on the floor. The only problem with that assumption is 2012-13 when a wealth of talent couldn’t get the Hoosiers past the Sweet 16 or win the B1G Tourney.
    Yeah, they won the regular season title, but what does that mean given you don’t even get the NCAA automatic bid for it.
    No, it’s not the player talent that’s the issue in B’town, it’s who is sitting on the sideline that’s the issue.

  • N71

    Crean is better with talent as are most. I’d prefer Brad Steven though, I agree it would appear our “upside” with Crean is limited if last year’s performance (#2 + #4 in draft) is the evidence.

  • HoosierHysteric

    I was thinking to play the 3, Troy at the 4, Hanner at the 5 with a big on the bench (Devin). Playing all of our bigs at the start makes more sense though. Stan at the 3 makes more sense than Troy anyway


    Well two things, my memory is quickly refreshed, blaming the late ’70s & the ’80s for that one, and consider myself to be better informed now when it comes to KU. I knew there had been some less than ethical things related to Wilt’s time there but didn’t realize it had been pretty much an ongoing thing.

  • ExMeaSententia

    Crean has his good qualities — runs a clean program, players graduate, gets along with IU admin and fans, and is a genuinely good person.

    But he’s a C to C+ BB coach in a league where that grade puts you at the bottom of the barrel. The newer coaches at Nebraska, Northwestern, Minnesota, Penn State, Illinois and Iowa have raised the bar in the B1G, and Crean (and Painter at Purdue) don’t grade out as well now as they did a few years ago.

  • ExMeaSententia

    Wahhhhhaaaa …… vacated? In the NBA?
    In that league I can’t imagine what a team would have to do to get a championship taken away.

  • Outoftheloop

    Did Magette, Duhon or Williams ever say that they were paid? (no); were they ever investigated for receiving payments? (no) Name some one at UNC who was investigated for payments or said that they got paid. You can’t. You are full of hot air and no facts. But that is what posting on sports sites is all about!

  • Outoftheloop

    Actually Chris Collins and Grant Hill were both “insiders” and said that exact thing!

  • Outoftheloop

    Of course you do know the difference between the university offering illegal inducements and a clever agent for an agent distributing vehicles, jewlery, etc. Oh, you just lump it all together.

  • Snookafly

    Maggette most certainly WAS INVESTIGATED. How about Lance Thomas? He definitely was investigated also, and the ONLY REASON Duke didn’t receive a penalty was because they had just won a title and the NCAA will NEVER vacate a championship.
    As for UNC if your going to act that na├»ve, you should stop ranting like a know it all. How about P.J. Hairston getting kicked off the team THIS YEAR–not to mention Leslie McDonald. How about the HUGE fake classes scandal breaking again, THIS YEAR.

  • Snookafly

    How stupid are you? Do you think Roy Williams just sits down and cuts somebody a check on UNC letterhead? You don’t think coach at a high profile university is aware of boosters–or of a star player driving around campus in a Mercedes? I wish I lived in fantasyland.

  • Snookafly

    Where is the link to the exact quote of them saying that? If you can’t prove they said those exact same words then it didn’t happen.

  • HoosierGrampy

    IU has been relatively relevant at the national level only 2 times since 2002. While I’d like to think that next season will be a 3d time, I’m not that big a dreamer. CTC might be a great neighbor, but his skill set as a coach might be good for a mid-major D1 program, but it ain’t making it in B’town.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Perhaps the prayer should have been that CTC would leave our program so our team could be good…

  • Ardeare

    Nothing personal………….but I wish Lyles the worst at Kentucky.