James Blackmon Jr. in the midst of busy summer

  • 06/21/2013 10:12 am in

061713jfvIt’s already been a busy spring for class of 2014 Marion (Ind.) guard James Blackmon Jr.

The future Indiana guard participated in four Nike EYBL sessions, four exhibition games for the Indiana Junior All-Stars and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Top 100 Camp last week in Charlottesville, Virginia.

And there’s plenty still to come this summer.

Blackmon Jr. was invited to the Kevin Durant Skills Academy that runs from June 28-30 in Washington D.C. and also the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas from July 5-9. And after that, it’s off the EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam with Spiece Indy Heat, which finished the regular season 15-3.

“The goal is to win the whole thing, basically,” Blackmon Jr. told Inside the Hall. “All of us, that’s what we think we can do.”

Blackmon Jr., who committed to Indiana in September of 2010 before playing his first high school game, has been one of the most efficient shooters in the EYBL. In 18 games, he’s 56 of 118 on 3-point attempts and is averaging 19.3 points, a mark that ranks seventh in the league.

At the NBPA Camp, Blackmon Jr. was named to the 10-player All-Star team and averaged 10 points per game. He was recently moved into the top 25 of the ESPN.com rankings for the class of 2014.

“Just getting a chance to play against the top players is a real good experience and proving how good of a player I am,” he said. “And (it’s a chance) to see where you’re at against the top players.”

The camp also provided the opportunity for Blackmon Jr. to talk to other recruits considering the Hoosiers and lend some insight into what’s being built in Bloomington.

One of those players was his camp teammate, class of 2014 forward LeRon Black, who is seriously considering IU.

“I talked to LeRon and just talk to guys to see where they are,” Blackmon Jr. said. “Just based on what type of player they are and what they can bring to the table. I just tell them how they’d fit in and things like that.”

The overriding message Blackmon Jr. likes to pass on to his peers focuses on the fan enthusiasm for one of the country’s blueblood programs.

“There’s nothing like the fans there,” he said. “The school is great and basketball is the sport there.”

With his college destination decided long ago, Blackmon Jr. can focus on staying healthy and working on his game for the remainder of the summer. The decision to commit early is a decision the future IU guard says he would do all over again.

“Getting offers and all that would have been nice, but really to me, you can only go to one school and this is the school that I think fits me best,” Blackmon Jr. told Inside the Hall at the Spiece Run-N-Slam. “That really hasn’t changed since I committed.”

(Photo credit: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

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  • Shawn Congo

    Blackmon seems like a real leader already. I love his conviction for IU long before he gets there. And he just keeps rising in the rankings because he continues to work hard! What’s not to love?!? He will do great things at IU!!

  • B-TOWNdawgs

    He has shown everyone the benefits of committing to the right school early. He’s able to focus on his game and has improved amazingly the past few seasons

  • Drew

    If he had never gotten hurt, I believe he’d be ranked in the top 10 for every major recruiting service. His stock will only continue to rise.

  • IU track Alumni

    No doubt he will be a top 15, maybe top 10 before its all said and done. His jumper is a thing of beauty!


    Judging from some of the quotes in this piece I’d say that any fears about his staying on board to come to IU has been erased.

    High character kid, high bball IQ, immensely talented player, tireless worker when it comes to getting better, a non problem kid when it comes to the classroom, coach’s son, homegrown Indiana high school kid, a person could go on until he arrives on campus and then he will start providing us with more complimentary things to put out there about him. The only thing discouraging that I can find to say about this kid is that he won’t be in the candy stripes until after NEXT season.

    The nets on the goals in AH & Cook Hall better be fire resistant cause they get a little warmer with every day that passes and shortens the time until his arrival….. cue ominous attack tune from Jaws movie !

  • Jason Wright

    What day can this class sign LOI’s?

  • Jason Wright

    What day can this class sign their LOI’s?

  • November 13.


    I know there are certain times when a player, that is already committed to a school, has good intentions as he tries to help recruit other recruiting targets. While they don’t intend to, sometimes they unintentionally say things that ends up being less than helpful or something that portrays the school in a less than flattering way. I don’t think we have to worry about JB2 doing anything like that. From what I’ve read he is saying nothing but all the right things to other players we are trying to recruit.

  • hoops Gal

    Off subject, but any update on Goodluck [last name ?] ?

  • Andy Rafael Aguilera

    Receiving offers left and right.

  • Miamihoosier

    It sounds crazy, but James might be the best guard in the country by the time he gets to IU. He’s a top 10 player among the top 100 already. Out of those 10 how many are forwards and centers? I say he is Eric Gordon impactful his freshman year (just with way more talent around him)

  • slaco

    He’s the recruit I’m the most excited about. He has been so underrated. People all over the nation are finally realizing how good he is. I don’t give a crap about the rankings, but he sure is moving up quickly. I can’t wait until he suits up for IU.

  • Ottomatic

    I love how physically mature JBJ looks already. No doubt in my mind that he will be able to come in, contribute and compete from day 1. If you look at the current roster it does seem like if there is one deficiency it is three point shooting. I don’t think we will have to worry about JBJ being shy about putting up 3s in bunches. Somebody mentioned AJ Guyton and I think that is a fair comparison for his style of play. He should have a better supporting cast than Guyton ever did though, and won’t be counted on to carry the team like AJ had to in his day.