James Blackmon Jr. perfect from field as Indiana Juniors sweep Kentucky

  • 06/08/2013 10:24 pm in


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Indiana Junior All-Stars needed overtime to fend off the Kentucky Junior All-Stars on Friday night at Greenfield-Central.

On Saturday night at St. Xavier High School, a more focused and sharp group showed up and easily dispatched of the Kentucky Juniors, 86-73.

Indiana commitment James Blackmon Jr. shot a perfect 5-of-5 from the field and finished with 13 points, bringing his total in the two-game series to 40 points, a team-high.

“Yesterday we didn’t start out with intensity. We just came out kind of stiff,” Blackmon Jr. said. “Today I thought we picked up our defense and that brought our offense along.”

The Indiana Juniors shot 53 percent from the field and had five players besides Blackmon Jr. with eight or more points, including Tech’s Trey Lyles (18 points), Plymouth’s Mack Mercer (10 points), Park Tudor’s Trevon Bluiett (8 points), Greensburg’s Bryant McIntosh (8 points) and Guerin Catholic’s Aaron Brennan (8 points).

The next test for the Juniors will be a pair of exhibitions against the Indiana All-Stars beginning on Monday at Sullivan.

The two teams will also square off Wednesday night at Tipton.

“I think we’re going to have to play as a faster team and the guards are going to have to rebound a lot more,” Blackmon Jr. said. “Stopping their guard play will be a big key trying to win against them.”

The Indiana All-Stars have two nationally ranked players in the backcourt in Michigan signee Zak Irvin and Notre Dame signee Demetrius Jackson. While the Juniors are hungry to win the exhibitions, Blackmon Jr. said there’s no real rivalry between the two groups.

“There’s not really a rivalry. We know both teams can play,” he said. “We’re both going to compete to show who is better and who is not.”

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  • thrawnjan

    “Trey Lyles (18 points)”
    The moment when your ex shows up with a supermodel at her side.

  • Indiana_Banners

    Blackmon Jr has been committed for a long time, but we should be more excited about this kid becoming a Hoosier. He’s a fantastic shooter and will fit in very well in Crean’s offense. Yogi… to Blackmon… is going to be a major factor.

  • shknqk

    We got the right kid… I’ll take perfect for 13 points and game high 27 in come from behind overtime Vic any day.

  • shknqk

    I saw treys best game yet the same day Blackmon hurt himself. Trey has a long way to go to catch up with Blackmon… Tangible and intangible, potential and actual favor Blackmon. Trey will do fine but he is not right for Crean’s system and jbjr is going to thrive

  • kennygeorge

    By Jiminy, I thinks we got us a REAL WINNER coming to IU next year!!!!!!

  • SCHoosier

    I know its not possible..but those 4 players sitting on the IU bench after routing Purdue would have been something to to see!

  • Mr. Mitchell

    i will gladly accept any 2

  • skotchie

    1 Love the scowl on Jr’s face. 2 IU needs to try to re-open recruitment with Trey Lyles. I know this isn’t a popular opinion especially on here, the kid just wanted to explore all his opportunities and was slammed for it, as I imagine I too will be for bringing it up.