James Blackmon Jr. to undergo knee surgery, likely out for the season

  • 01/05/2016 1:50 pm in

Indiana sophomore guard James Blackmon Jr. will undergo surgery on his right knee, the program announced today. Indiana did not release specifics of the injury, but did say that he is not expected to play again this season.

Blackmon Jr. missed significant time this offseason after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

He averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a freshman and explored his NBA options this past spring before opting to return for his sophomore season.

As a sophomore at Bishop Luers High School, Blackmon Jr. suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.

The full release from Indiana is available after the jump.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After thorough testing and evaluation, it has been determined that the best solution for James Blackmon Jr., and his immediate and long-term health, is to undergo surgery on his right knee this afternoon that he injured last week in practice. He is second on the Hoosiers in scoring (15.8), which also ranks 10th in the Big Ten. He is third in the league in 3-point field goals made per game (2.8) and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (46.3). In his two seasons with the Hoosiers, IU is 21-0 anytime he shoots 47.0 percent or higher from the field.

A final determination of his status could be known as early as later today (Jan. 5), but it is expected that he will not play again this season.

“This is a very tough outcome for our Indiana team, but most importantly for James,” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “He is establishing himself as one of the most elite guards in the country this season. I feel terrible for him and he has a tough road ahead of him but it is one he has been down before and we fully believe that this process will lead him to have an incredible future in the game at Indiana and well beyond. We look forward to helping him with his full recovery and I know he appreciates everyones thoughts, prayers and concerns.”

He had surgery this past summer on his left knee that kept him out of some summer workouts and had fully recovered.

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  • PS IU

    Just saw on ESPN (Goodman report) sources close to JBJ think this is the end of the basketball season.

  • Drew

    Hooray another tough guy with a keyboard.

  • DubCeeSwag

    You can ESAD…

  • Hoosier from Hell

    Quit the paranoia cooper.

  • ok. you came here to say what?

  • Hoosier from Hell

    That I’m on your side brother.

  • Hoosier from Hell

    Are you upset?

  • don’t blame me for pointing out certain things that you’re responsible for saying. Pretty sure the injured player had nothing to do with writing a routine press release and deserves none of the attacks here. Seems like the place is filling up with the usual internet trolls who only have venom and no concern for other people. It is actually something to be indignant about.

    And whatever you do, don’t look up “paranoid style.” Seems to have struck a nerve and I’d really hate for you to look in the mirror and reflect on stuff.

  • jcopey

    Terrible news for James and his future (and the team). I hope he can make a full recovery, but in the back of my mind, I know how it hurt Maurice Creek’s career. James has the potential to go to the NBA, and this is a major setback for his future and earning potential in his career. Wishing you a full and 100% recovery James!

  • upvoting the sharing of new info, not the news itself

  • Hoosier from Hell

    I bet he votes for Trump.

  • ok good I guess. How can there be “sides” about news that a player on the team is hurt? People want injuries? What is that? So sad on all counts.

  • We’ll be seeing much more of Mr. Niego, I expect. Would be great if he really steps it up.

  • Hoosier from Hell

    some got soul and some don’t and don’t ask me why

  • SCHoosier

    Hate that news for James and anyone who cares about IU b-ball.
    good luck to James in h is surgery and recovery. No reason he won’t be back with IU next year.Harrison N is gonna get some key minutes. Rob and Nick really need to step up. My biggest concern is this news may lead TC to use Troy more at guard…please..NO.

  • dwdkc

    say what? His comment was written just fine

  • Young Hoosier

    I’m guessing the rotation will stay where it has been. Yogi, RJ, Troy, Hartman, Bryant, OG, Morgan, Z and Max. If anyone plays it’ll be Burton.

  • Casey B.

    The irony of this entire comment is quite striking. Have a great night.

  • Young Hoosier

    This is ok. Gotta be healthy. Health comes before basketball.

  • dwdkc

    Obviously has a very different game than JBJ, but Niego is competent. I would expect only spot minutes though usually, and lots of 1 guard lineups with Troy at the 2. The problem with that is staying in front of the guards on D.

  • DubCeeSwag

    Not really, I am incredibly chill, heart beat rests softly.

  • Hoosier from Hell

    nope biggest dangling modifier i’ve ever seen

  • Hoosier from Hell

    That happens after climax.

  • DubCeeSwag

    Hoosier from Hell rules! #Nexttoworthless

  • RDD#76

    I liked seeing him on the bench he showed a lot of emotion and was cheering on his teammates and showed he cares about team not just himself

  • Hoosier from Hell

    And the stats given don’t even favor James. They basically mean that we lost games when he was not delivering, because surely he was getting the ball.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Good luck in your recovery James. IU basketball needs you back when healthy. I am sorry to hear about this and recover quickly. Post on ITH during your recovery.

  • nmstan

    Good Luck James!
    Now we need Good Troy more than ever!

  • Young Hoosier

    I am sure he’s on here daily.. probably will have better things to do.

  • IULore

    21-0 when he shoots well, which is why I always thought getting him going early was the biggest deal. Great rebounder for a guard. He will be missed.

  • BadBoyHulls

    This is the exact reason you can’t fault some guys for making the jump to the NBA a little early. Not saying he was ready or in the best position to go last year, but one has to take the opportunity when it’s there. Wish him the best of luck in recovery and hope he can reach his dream of making it to the NBA while having success at IU in the process.

  • BadBoyHulls

    As someone in the medical field that would be a very interesting study. Looking at the stress put on different body parts due to dominance. Could help in rehab and training.

  • SeeingRed

    Agree. Pretty sad how this thread has devolved. JBJ’s production will not be easily replaced. You don’t lose a 15 ppg guy and strong guard rebounder — and a perimeter threat that keeps defenses honest — and patch that up like nothing happened.

    It’s no excuse for Crean, but to minimize the loss and denigrate JBJ’s contributions in the wake of this news is some sorry stuff.

  • IU diehard from CT

    Completely agree. He may not guard all that well but the dude is a scoring machine. And can shoot the ball from anywhere

  • IU diehard from CT

    Tragic news for jbj and the teams future this year. I hate to be a realist here but IU goes as far as jbj plays well. And he ain’t playin

  • Indiana_Banners

    Yogi has been playing close to 35mpg for years, there aren’t many more minutes for him to play lol

  • Missing Moye

    I’d argue that Vic was more a small forward on that team, and Jordan Hulls shoulder might be another example (albeit only a couple games – very important ones, though).

  • VAHoosier

    Yogi is somewhere around 32-33mpg for his career. But there is a big difference in wear-and-tear between playing 32mpg and 36-38mpg. But Yogi has proven to be a very, very durable player.