In statement, Blackmon Jr. says: “I will be an Indiana Hoosier”

  • 03/13/2016 3:46 pm in

After rumors surfaced on Saturday stating that James Blackmon Jr. would seek a transfer after the season, the Hoosier guard released a statement via IU media relations regarding his future:

Indiana University sophomore guard James Blackmon, Jr. is focusing on helping his team get ready for the upcoming NCAA Tournament and the rehab of his surgically repaired knee so he can return to full health and resume his playing career next season.

“There is no validity to anything being said about my future other than I will be an Indiana Hoosier,” said Blackmon prior to practice on Sunday.  “Besides working to get healthier, I’m going to help my teammates prepare for the NCAA Tournament.  I’m obviously disappointed I can’t play, but the players and coaches have helped me through my injury and I want to be a leader for them.”

He was averaging 15.8 points per game prior to being hurt before the teams Big Ten opener at Rutgers., IU is 21-0 anytime he shot 47.0 percent or higher from the field. He is the Big Ten sophomore class career leader in scoring averaging 15.7 ppg.

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  • Missing Moye

    That clears that up. Nice job by James and the team to clear this up right now to avoid a possible unnecessary distraction heading into the tournament.

  • BL

    Nice. Happy to see JBJ come back and give it his best to go out on top. Flex those knees and get in a stance young man.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    True Hoosier love that kid! We will have the best Shooter in the country for at a minimum one more year.

  • SilentBob

    Well that’s good, but I’d expect him to make this statement even if the rumors were true. Hope his words are genuine though, losing him would be a huge blow to the program

  • NC Hoosier

    I can see Troy going pro, so if James does come back that will be huge. With James, RJ, OG, CH, JM and TB as a nucleus, I believe we will be ranked in the preseason Top 25.

  • pcantidote

    Don’t count your chickens with TB. We learned with Noah that they can leave way before they are ready.

  • pcantidote

    Did someone with a malicious intent to create distractions for this team right now start this?

  • NC Hoosier

    Very true.

  • PV Mike

    Noah is starting in the NBA.

  • Indiana_Banners

    I am hugely excited to see James’ development at Indiana going forward. He is a really big time talent and I think he will thrive in a starring role next year.

  • pcantidote

    True, but the verdict on his NBA readiness LAST YEAR was set when he was sent down to the D League. I said nothing about whether he would ultimately be successful or the merits of his decision. He just wasn’t ready.

  • TomJameson

    Big difference between Thomas and Noah, in almost every way. I don’t think Thomas is self-serving, misleading, or deceitful in any way. I see him as being more straightforward, in the way of Cody Zeller. If Thomas says he’s staying, I believe it.

    I think he’s coming back so that he can be a lottery pick after next season, and to help his team take it all. Just one opinion.

  • pcantidote

    Two questions: (1) Did TB say he wasy staying? and (2) was Noah self-serving, misleading, or deceitful?

  • BL

    Very big deal with NZ graduating.

  • BL

    NV was a consensus top 10 pick. Doubt TB will be inside the top 20. Highest I’ve seen him is 23. Would be surprised if he went this year but certainly not shocked. He’s improving every game. Sure hope he comes back for one more year.

  • HoosierDawg

    God job all around ending this speculation. JBJ will be a vitally important player for us next year. You don’t find shooters like him every day!

  • HoosiersBB

    Fantastic news and equally brilliant leadership to issue this statement right now. Good luck in your recovery, James, and we’re already looking forward to Hoosier Hysteria 2016 next fall!

  • inLinE6

    (1) TB said in an interview after Kentucky derby classic that he wanted to stay at least 2 years. But that was a year ago and he was not on any draft board back then, obviously. (2) I don’t think NV was deceitful or misleading. He was a good student and definitely unpacked his bag (big difference compared to Kentucky one-and-dones). But he was never explicit about his future. He was projected as lottery pick by end of season so he made the most reasonable personal decision. Whoever advised against lottery pick would be ill-minded. I don’t blame him at all. But too bad we had 0 outside shooting that year and the season was disappointing.

  • TomJameson

    He stopped playing for IU when he knew he was going to be leaving. He was cleared to play by everybody but himself, and he left IU in the lurch at the end of the season.

  • Wouldn’t surprise me a bit.