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Blackmon Jr. gets NBA feedback, opts to return for sophomore season

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Not long ago, James Blackmon Jr. had a meeting with Indiana coach Tom Crean.

It started as a discussion about the Indiana freshman’s chances at being selected in the 2015 NBA draft. It ended with Blackmon Jr. leaving straight for the gym.

On Thursday afternoon, Crean and Blackmon Jr. sat together once again, this time in the Assembly Hall press room. The 6-foot-4 guard made his announcement public. He would be returning to Indiana for his sophomore year.

“It was just positive and negative things for me, but the greatest thing about that was I could see what I need to get better at,” Blackmon Jr. said. “Every day you look forward to being there (in the NBA). But right here, I love it at Indiana and this is a place where I can just get better every day and for the long run I’ll be ready for.”

After a freshman season in which Blackmon Jr. averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, he chose to explore his NBA draft options with Crean.

As with any player, Crean said he made it a priority to get feedback from those with real insights — the decision-makers, the general managers and coaches of certain NBA teams. Forget NBA draft boards, he said. The only opinions that matter were those from who would be deciding Blackmon Jr.’s future.

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Video: James Blackmon Jr. announces he’ll return for sophomore season

Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., along with Tom Crean, met with the media on Thursday to announce that he will return for his sophomore season.

Watch the full press conference below:

James Blackmon Jr. returning to Indiana for sophomore season

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Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr. will return for his sophomore season, he announced Thursday in a press conference at Assembly Hall.

“I felt the best situation for me is to come back next year and play my sophomore year here,” Blackmon Jr. said.

The Marion product averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in his first season. He was also named honorable mention All-Big Ten and made 77 3-pointers, which set a school record for a freshman.

Blackmon Jr. was ranked the No. 61 overall prospect for the 2015 NBA Draft by Chad Ford of ESPN.com and was projected to be a second round pick or go undrafted, according to Ford’s rankings.

Inside the Hall will have more on this developing story.

Decision time coming for Blackmon Jr., Ferrell

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Earlier this month, Indiana secured a commitment from McDonald’s All-American big man Thomas Bryant. That news was quickly followed by a decision by sophomore Troy Williams to return for his junior season after considering a jump to the NBA.

But two decisions still remain that will have major ramifications on Indiana’s chances to contend in the Big Ten next season.

Junior Yogi Ferrell will announce his intentions for next season on Saturday in Indianapolis and freshman James Blackmon Jr. should also have an announcement on his future plans in the coming days. The early entry deadline for the NBA draft is this Sunday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

On Wednesday at a media availability in which he primarily discussed the signing of Bryant, Crean also touched on the decisions that are pending for Ferrell and Blackmon Jr.

According to Crean, meetings with both players have been completed and it’s coming down to “crunch time” for both players to decide what they’re going to do.

Ferrell’s plans to reveal his decision this weekend have been known for several weeks, but Blackmon Jr. has been quiet since Indiana’s season ended with a loss to Wichita State in the NCAA tournament.

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Video: Tom Crean talks Thomas Bryant signing, pending decisions, more

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media in the Assembly Hall press room on Wednesday afternoon to discuss class of 2015 recruit Thomas Bryant, who recently signed a National Letter of Intent with the Hoosiers.

Crean also talked about several other topics, including the upcoming NBA decisions for Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon Jr. and offseason workouts.

Watch the full press conference below (special thanks to Peegs after a video malfunction on our end):

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· Oladipo on Bryant: “He’s gonna be a huge help”
· Derby Festival Classic recap: Thomas Bryant
· Video: Thomas Bryant talks Indiana commitment
· Thomas Bryant commits to Indiana

That’s A Wrap: James Blackmon Jr.

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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: James Blackmon Jr.

Blackmon Jr. (33 games): 15.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 51.2 eFG%, 38.7 3P% in 30.0 minutes per game.

If there was anything clear about James Blackmon Jr.’s game from Day 1, it’s the freshman could score the basketball.

The McDonald’s All-American stormed out of the gate in the non-conference schedule by posting 25 points (7-of-10 from the field, 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 8-of-9 from the line) in IU’s season opener against Mississippi Valley State. Two games later in the Hoosiers’ win over SMU, Blackmon Jr. went for 26 — which included a 5-of-10 mark from distance and a perfect performance from the line (7-of-7).  It ended up being his season-high.

He looked smooth, confident and possessed a wide-range of offensive ability.

But as the season went along, Blackmon Jr. also posted some forgettable lines. In a neutral court win against Butler on Dec. 20 and the conference opener against Nebraska on New Year’s Eve, Blackmon Jr. finished 2-of-9 respectively in both games. In a matchup where Michigan State’s D knocked the Hoosiers on their heels in East Lansing, the freshman finished only 2-of-14. There were similar lines littered throughout the conference schedule: 4-of-13 in Indiana’s loss at Purdue, 2-of-14 at Maryland, 1-of-10 at Northwestern, 2-of-12 vs. Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament.

So what happened?

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Transcript: Crean, IU players address media ahead of Wichita State game

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OMAHA, Neb. – Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell, Nick Zeisloft, James Blackmon Jr. and Troy Williams addressed the media earlier today at the CenturyLink Center in advance of Indiana’s game tomorrow

THE MODERATOR: Nick Zeisloft, James Blackmon, Jr., Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell represent the student body of the Indiana Hoosiers. They’re the No. 10 seed in the Midwest region; they’re out of the Big 10 conference, they will play No. 7 Wichita State in Friday’s second game.

Q. Yogi, as you look at Wichita State, what are some of the things that they present that make them a difficult match for you guys? What makes them good?

YOGI FERRELL: One thing about their team is they’re a very solid team. They’ve got basically five solid positions, and that’s what makes them such a great team. They start junior and seniors, so they’re obviously a lot more experienced than we are. They’ve got great 3-point shooters; they’ve got great post presence. Like I said before, just a great experienced team.

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