Report: James Blackmon Jr. to sign with agent, remain in NBA draft

  • 05/07/2017 7:33 am in

Indiana junior guard James Blackmon Jr. will sign with an agent and remain in the 2017 NBA draft, according to Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports.

The 6-foot-4 guard was not invited to next week’s draft combine in Chicago. Blackmon Jr. is currently ranked the No. 107 prospect according to Chad Ford of ESPN.com and is not listed on any mock drafts.

As a junior, he averaged 17 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 30.5 minutes per game.

Blackmon Jr. is the third Indiana player to leave school early this year and sign with an agent, joining OG Anunoby and Thomas Bryant.

Robert Johnson also declared for the draft, but has not signed with an agent.

On Saturday, Blackmon Jr. went through graduation ceremonies in Bloomington.

Indiana is now at 13 scholarship players for next season.

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  • Koko

    Actually it is a coaching issue. It is not a matter of drinking koolaid….per you there is no koolaid to drink. There is only one way those I mentioned gain experience….they have to play. Why not give them that much? Why not wait to see them play under the new coaching staff before you decide what is real and what isn’t? You like I have no idea how the season is going to turn out with any of the current players we have mentioned in our comments. And I will mention that Cujo did quite well in the Kansas game which appeared to me to be a high level game. Then after that he didn’t do so well……why?….in my opinion not so great coaching. We shall see what unfolds but I prefer to have a more upbeat opinion on how it goes under the new coaching staff.

  • John D Murphy

    I think it is a fair question to ask. I personally don’t think there is any concern in the decisions however. I have said for quite some time (and many times on this site) that the best decisions for TB and JBJ would be to leave. There simply isn’t anything that is going to happen in the next year that will put JBJ in the draft. What he needs to do is use what is left of his knees to earn to most he can before he moves into real life. He extends his career by entering it a year earlier. There really isn’t any reason to come back. For TB, one of his biggest assets is his age (he is a young year for his class). That assets shrinks every year. He showed he could shoot. He has a good chance to get drafted. I said multiple times that if he came back it would be for two years most likely as very few bigs leave after their junior year. Becoming a polished college post player simply wouldn’t improve his draft status as he isn’t going to play deep in the post in the association. The chances he could post up NBA rim protectors is pretty far fetched. If he is leaving because of the coaching change, I think it would be because TC gave him the freedom to play outside while Archie was honest about wanting TB to play in the paint (all speculation).

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    With the 3 players so far leaving I think this season is going to be a rough one. Maybe 6th in the Big Ten.

  • John D Murphy

    I think JM will play the 5 most of the time DD is on bench. He is my minutes prediction for the 5 spot.
    DD 25 mpg (less at first but building as he learns to play without fouling)
    JM 7 mpg (more at first, less as DD and TP play more)
    TP 5 mpg (less at first, more as season progresses)
    CH/FM/CM 3 mpg

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I actually agree with you. I don’t think TB or JB will have a good pro career and should of stayed. Now I am very worried about this season.

  • Koko

    All of that makes sense to me…..couldn’t have
    said it better.

  • AndyCapp

    I’m not saying that’s a pessimistic viewpoint but that’s about the worst I expect us to do. We are still returning a good nucleus of veteran upperclassmen, I expect our sophs to be very much better under our new coach, and I believe at least one of our frosh are going to be getting quality minutes because they earn them. I’m thinking we are top four in the B1G.

  • Kyl470

    Agreed. CTC wouldn’t have offered out 3 scholarships if he wasn’t confident that multiple players would be going pro early.

  • John D Murphy

    1. That’s still a big improvement.
    2. I’m more optimistic. I think we will see great on ball pressure from JN, DG, Cujo, and Rojo. Smart wing play from CH. JS is going to be a great scorer. FM will be a defending / rebounding machine. And DD is going to be the most improved player in the B1G. We’re going to have on floor senior leadership that is connected to the coach. IMO, top 4 in the B1G and a 5-6 seed.

  • John D Murphy

    Really agree about Cujo. I will say the Kansas was a high level game for early in the season when only base concepts and not specifics have been addressed. I think that is where TC excelled. As the coaching corrects and builds upon itself during the regular season and coaches like Cal, K, Self, Stevens excelled, TC’s teams did not have a track record of stacking the pyramid of corrections on top of corrections. I think Cujo has great talent and will be a stud by the end of this season. I think 3-4 guys will show vast improvement during the regular season and we will be very dangerous come B1G tourney time.

  • John D Murphy

    Depends on what you call a good pro career. I don’t think JBJ’s career (not in the NBA) will be affected by his decision to stay or go and it will be a year longer. TB is more subtle. As much as we like our new coaches and staff, his development should be faster in the association (if he works and a lot of guys don’t). He can practice as much as he wants without restrictions. If he shows signs of improvements, he will still be young enough that his second contract will be as much based on projections as reality. Two contracts in the NBA is a good career, as he would make a ton of money. I doubt he will ever be a regular starter, but who cares. People bash NV as a bust but I suspect he will get a second contract worth $25+ M. He’ll make 36-40 million in his career. Some call that a bust, I call it a good career. TB will not have the first contract guaranteed most likely. So, he’ll need the second contract to move into good money. I think he can do that if the flashes of outside shooting continue to solidify and improve. It really all depends on if he can make a day one roster (which I think he will) and improves enough during his first contract (2 years maybe for a 2nd round pick) to get the 2nd contract. If you weigh that against the likelihood of moving into the 1st round in either 1 or 2 years, I don’t think he could have (even though he would be a better player). He will make or not make the NBA and stay there into a 2nd contract by being able to shoot the corner 3 and the pick-and-pop jumper against 2nd teamers. I think he made the right call but he is going to have to work his tail off.

  • I hate purdon’t

    I can’t help but wonder if Coach Crean leaving had any influence on these kids leaving early for the draft……

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Ok. I hope you and John D are correct. I just think that this is a huge hit on us. One that may be unrepirable.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    John, hello and great point. I thought he would or should of stayed one more year. I’m with you on what you stated however I think he needed one more year.

  • John D Murphy

    From a development point you’re probably right. But age is a big factor in the NBA. He will still get partially lumped with the freshmen this year because is so young. Not only in the draft but in whether to keep him on a roster next fall (I’m sure if he is that he’ll been assigned to the D-League as much as the CBA allows). I think his development next year would have focused around improving in the post, which is just not his future in the NBA (IMO).

  • iubase

    Back in the day the issue was just the opposite. Iinstead of wanting to leave many players needed or wanted an extra yr on campus. Congrats to James for his accomplishments on the court and diligence in the classroom.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Andy, hello. I hope I am wrong but without TB,OG, JBJ the Big Ten will be awfully tough for us. MSU, MI, PU, MD and WI will be to good for us to overcome. I really hope I am wrong.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    JD, Off topic but did you see the hit Crosby took last night??? Wow.

  • John D Murphy

    Not a hockey so I had to look that up. Ouch.