James Blackmon Jr. Archive

IU, Big Ten centric notes from Lindy’s Sports college basketball preview

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It was revealed earlier in the week that Lindy’s Sports had tabbed Indiana as its preseason No. 4 team nationally.

Now that the digital version of Lindy’s is officially out, here are some additional notes on Indiana and the Big Ten at-large from the annual publication.

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Despite injury, Blackmon Jr. still working to improve

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James Blackmon Jr. may have missed a significant chunk of this offseason with a left knee injury, but it hasn’t stopped him from finding ways to improve his game.

Last week at a speaking engagement in Fort Wayne, Indiana coach Tom Crean told reporters that Blackmon Jr. is still working to get better as he recovers from surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

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Big Ten’s top 25 players: 15-11

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With the official start of practice less than two months away, UM Hoops and Inside the Hall have again partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2015-2016 season.

Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list we hope will provide plenty of reaction and debate. The series will be broken into five parts and our third installment of players 15-11 is available below: (Previously: 25-21, 20-16)

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POTB 081: Next season’s guard depth, 2016 recruiting

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Podcast on the Brink is back for a new episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show is available each Wednesday during the offseason. You can access a full archive of episodes here.

In this week’s edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich discuss a variety of topics, including:

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James Blackmon Jr. out until September after knee surgery

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Indiana sophomore guard is out until September after undergoing surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, according to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel.

Crean confirmed that Blackmon Jr. underwent surgery last week to repair a torn meniscus in a text message to Inside the Hall. He added that he expects Blackmon Jr. to be healthy by the start of practice in September.

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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:

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