James Blackmon Jr. Archive
Future Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr. scored 53 in a pair of wins for Marion over the weekend, continuing his rise up the state’s all-time scoring list.
On Friday, Blackmon Jr. scored 24 in a comfortable 80-62 win at Muncie Central and he followed that up with 29 points in an 82-54 blowout victory over Fort Wayne Wayne on Saturday night.
Blackmon Jr. now has 2,264 career points, which ranks 12th all-time in Indiana history:
With two regular season games remaining, the future Indiana guard needs 67 points to move past Brady Atkins and Delray Brooks and break into the top ten on the list .
Blackmon Jr. is averaging 33.6 points per game this season. Marion wraps up its regular season with games against Fort Wayne South and Fort Wayne Snider.
The Giants (15-4) will open sectional play on Tuesday, Mar. 4 against Logansport at Kokomo. Marion beat Logansport 98-64 on Jan. 17.
If they advance, they would face host Kokomo on Friday, Mar. 7.
Class of 2014 IU signee James Blackmon Jr. continues to rise in the Indiana all-time high school career scoring list.
Despite scoring a season-low 18 points in a 67-48 win against Madison-Grant this past Saturday, the 6-foot-3 senior Marion guard jumped former Notre Dame guard Chris Thomas (Pike ’01) for 17th all-time in the state’s career list.
Blackmon now has 2,163 career points and is only 16 points shy of topping former Indiana guard and current New Orleans Pelican Eric Gordon (North Central ’07) for the 16th spot.
In his senior season at Marion, Blackmon is averaging 33.6 points per game with another six remaining until postseason play. Next up for the Giants is a matchup at home with Huntington North at 8 p.m. on Thursday.
Hoetzel heating up of late
Another class of 2014 Indiana signee, 6-foot-7 Wilbraham and Monson (Mass.) forward Max Hoetzel, has been on a tear of late.
For the fourth consecutive year, Indiana has recruited a McDonald’s All-American to Bloomington.
Cody Zeller was the first McDonald’s All-American under Tom Crean back in 2011, Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell was selected in 2012 and current IU freshman Noah Vonleh made the team in 2013.
And earlier this evening, it was announced that class of 2014 Marion guard James Blackmon Jr. is the latest Hoosier signee to earn the prestigious honor. Blackmon Jr., who is averaging 36.2 points per game this season, will be on the East team. The 24-man roster was announced on Wednesday evening.
For the fourth straight year, the game will be played at the United Center in Chicago. It will tip-off on Wednesday, Apr. 2 at 9:30 ET on ESPN.
“I think he’s just scratching the surface as a player,” Crean said of Blackmon Jr. in November. “In my mind we got the absolute best player in the state of Indiana, and there was no debate for us for a long, long time that he was that guy. And not just because of what he’s doing but because of what he can do in high school, and then what I think he can do here.”
Blackmon Jr. will be the 28th McDonald’s All-American to attend Indiana.
As a member USA Basketball’s Junior National Select team that was announced last week, Blackmon Jr. will also participate in the Nike Hoop Summit at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore., on Apr. 12.
A complete list of McDonald’s All-Americans to attend Indiana is available after the jump.
Only ten days ago at Jan. 19′s Hoophall Classic, 6-foot-10 Worcester (Mass.) Academy senior Matt Cimino raised eyebrows with a 22-point, 8-rebound performance for his school in a loss to Cushing Academy.
One of those coaches that was made aware of his performance? Indiana’s Kenny Johnson.
Cimino spoke to Inside the Hall on Saturday and told ITH he and Johnson have maintained contact since Hoophall, and that he has plenty of interest in the Hoosiers at the moment.
“I have some pretty serious interest in them,” Cimino said. “They’ve been showing me some love the past couple weeks, telling me they need a big man. They don’t know if Noah (Vonleh) stays and they just had a transfer so they’re kind of running thin on big men. ”
At 6-foot-10, Cimino could certainly help fill that void. A self-described versatile player, Cimino said he feels comfortable playing both inside and outside, as well as defending either the four or the five.
As expected, class of 2014 Australian guard Dante Exum will skip college and declare for June’s NBA draft.
In a statement to ESPN.com, Exum said he will sign with agent Rob Pelinka, who represents Kobe Bryant and former IU standout Eric Gordon.
Indiana was heavily involved in Exum’s recruitment and even had him on campus for an official visit last January for the Minnesota game, but it became clear in recent months that he was leaning heavily toward the draft.
ESPN.com, DraftExpress.com and NBADraft.net all project Exum to be taken in the top five.
Nebraska dismisses Biggs
The Omaha World-Herald, citing two sources, reported late Monday that Nebraska has dismissed junior point guard Deverell Biggs for disciplinary reasons.
Class of 2014 Marion guard and IU signee James Blackmon Jr. will try to make it a fourth consecutive year in which the Hoosiers have signed a McDonald’s All-American.
Blackmon Jr. was one of close to 1,000 nominees named for the game on Tuesday morning that will be played on Apr. 2 at the United Center in Chicago. The 24-man roster will be announced on Jan. 29 at 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Cody Zeller was the first McDonald’s All-American to sign with Indiana under Tom Crean in 2011, followed by Yogi Ferrell in 2012 and Noah Vonleh in 2013.
Blackmon Jr. is considered a serious contender to make the final roster, but has stiff competition at the guard spot including Isaiah Whitehead (Seton Hall), Rashad Vaughn (undecided), D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State), Grayson Allen (Duke), Dion Wiley (Maryland) and Devin Booker (Kentucky).
A little bit more than a third of the way through the 2013-2014 high school season, Indiana’s future backcourt duo of James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson is setting a torrid scoring pace.
Blackmon Jr., who led Marion to an upset of No. 3 Hamilton Southeastern over the weekend in the Carroll Shootout in Fort Wayne, has scored 285 points in eight games. In the 83-81 win over HSE, Blackmon Jr. scored 37 points.
Earlier in the season, the future IU guard set the Marion single-game scoring record with 54 points in a win over Irvington Prep.
The Giants finished just 10-13 last season, but are off to a 5-3 start under James Blackmon Sr.
Marion went 3-1 over the weekend in the Carroll Shootout, beating East Noble, Homestead and HSE before falling to Fort Wayne Carroll in the game’s championship game on Saturday night.
Blackmon Jr., a leading contender for the 2014 Indiana Mr. Basketball Award, has six games of 30 or more points and is among the state’s leading scorers at 35.6 points per game.