Film Session: Ohio State

  • 01/11/2015 12:56 pm in

After a 1-of-5 start in the first half against Ohio State, James Blackmon Jr. found himself just two of his last 19 from the floor. But instead of trying to shoot his way out of the drought, Blackmon Jr. made it easier for himself by getting to the hole in the second half. A 1-of-5 start turned into a 6-of-13 performance, as Blackmon Jr. shot 5-of-8 after the break to finish with a game-high 18 points.

A look at all his second half buckets in the latest edition of Film Session:

Troy Williams drives into the lane and finds Blackmon Jr. in the corner:


Blackmon Jr. is covered so he comes back up top and passes to Robert Johnson:


Shannon Scott has shaded over to stop a Johnson penetration attack. So Johnson passes back to Blackmon Jr.:


Blackmon Jr. finds himself with two defenders not fully committing to him and has room to split them:


He does it:


And scores:



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  • inLinE6

    Despite being an elite shooter, JBJ’s lack of court vision made him less efficient from time to time. There was a fast break that both Yogi and another guy were wide open on the perimeter, but he still decided to attach the rim and got blocked.

  • SCHoosier

    James in HS was such a scorer… doesn’t have a lot of experience “giving up the ball.”

  • g. mann

    True, but he is improving and more importantly, wants to get better. He did find Troy underneath for the reverse dunk in the 2nd half, and hopefully we’ll see more of that. Also, his rebounding has been a significant contribution in many games.

  • InTheMtns

    So glad you featured that last play, Ryan. That might have been my favorite play of the night. I thought it was going to be a turnover and suddenly James kicked it into overdrive and blew by the defender. At that point you knew he was going to the bucket and score. The and-1 and fouling out Tate was double icing on the cake.

  • chris

    He’s got to continue to use his body against defenders or he will be back to James Blocked-man Junior.