James Blackmon Jr. confirms decision to remain in NBA draft

  • 05/08/2017 3:59 pm in

Indiana junior guard James Blackmon Jr. has confirmed Jon Rothstein’s report from Sunday that he will sign with an agent and remain in the NBA draft.

Blackmon Jr. made the announcement in an Instagram post:

I would like to thank my family for being there through all of the ups and the downs. I would like to thank my teammates, who have became brothers to me, for pushing me everyday. I would like to thank the fans and everyone who has supported me throughout my career at Indiana University. I would like to thank God for allowing me to play a game I love. With that being said, after much reflection and discussion with my family, I have decided to remain in the 2017 NBA Draft and sign with an agent. After graduating Indiana in three years, I am thrilled to take the next step in my basketball career and pursue a lifelong dream. The past three years have been an amazing ride. Through blood, sweat, and tears, putting on that Indiana Jersey every game and playing in front of die hard Indiana fans was an honor and privilege.The past three years have brought memories and relationships I will never forget. Bloomington will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you Hoosier Nation! #newbeginnings -JBJ

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With Blackmon’s decision, Indiana is now at 13 scholarship players for the 2017-18 season.

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  • Koko

    He said it’s a wild guess…..why are you being so literal?

  • Outoftheloop

    What a great and humble post as his farewell! Good luck James!

  • Outoftheloop

    I would put Justin Smith at 3 and have Collin as the All-B1G 6th man first sub for either guard or front court. Smith is really going to be good! Then Josh and Curtis at guard, McFly and Moore in the front court! Use Tim Priller for size, Grant for shooting, and redshirt (if possible) Durham as he develops and learns to make guard decisions in the college game! Go to it Archie!

  • Outoftheloop

    And DeRon and Devonte and Justin Smith and Robert!

  • Jeremy

    Well there are about 15 top 100 still unsigned that are 4 and 5 star recruits. I think next years team does not look very strong on paper and some help would be nice.

  • Outoftheloop

    Devonte was our best 3 point shooter last season!

  • TomJameson

    Yeah, I think this is it. Probably didn’t want to stir the pot either, but even saying nothing, is like saying something. (no action, is an action in itself).