James Blackmon Jr. to announce decision on Thursday

  • 10/29/2013 5:27 pm in

Class of 2014 Marion guard James Blackmon Jr., a four-star prospect and the No. 31 player nationally according to the 247Composite, will announce his college decision on Thursday evening per multiple media reports.

The announcement is expected to come at halftime of the Louisiana-Monroe and Troy game, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

Earlier this fall, Blackmon Jr. narrowed his list of schools to Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan and Michigan State.

He’s expected to choose between Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan. His father, James Blackmon Sr., played at Kentucky in the 1980’s.

The 6-foot-2 guard originally committed to Indiana in September of 2010, but re-opened his recruitment in August of this year.

Indiana has two commitments in the class of 2014 – Richmond Benedictine (Va.) guard Robert Johnson and Wilbraham and Monson Academy (Mass.) forward Max Hoetzel.

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  • Walton

    If someone doesn’t want to play here then they don’t want to play here. I believe everyone in this program did all they could do (ethically) to attract recruits to IU. I don’t know what more there is to say or dwell on.

  • 214Hoosier

    I foresee a rough 36 hours…. DRob to Florida and JBJ to Michigan.

  • Wet Vette

    This kid knows exactly what he has done just like the rest of us do,Who was there when he was injured and stuck by him …UMMMM Indiana was and know look at how he used CTC that’s where KARMA sets in and if you don’t see all that’s happened then your simply na├»ve as well.JBJ is not your normal high school kid he and his dad has benefited from IU and CTC so what goes around comes around!!!

  • CreamandCrimson

    I’m not naive and I’m certainly not a fan of how he and his family have handled this process. However, your comments about karma being on the way and “what goes around comes around” sound a bit menacing when directed towards a 17-year old kid. Normal high school kid or not, he’s still just a teenager. Just my opinion though.

  • RichieTheC

    It’s a funny rhyme. I doubt any malice towards an 18 year old was intended. However if JBJ hasn’t developed “thick skin” by now he better soon no matter which of the three schools he chooses. That said the “easy” way to not have the major pressures on him would be Michigan-no hometown hero pressure (IU) and no legacy pressure (pUKe) to be as good or better than his dad. At Michigan he can be just another highly touted recruit.

  • Walton

    Remember that last game at Michigan that Blackmon was at

  • WhatsUpKnight

    wocka! wocka! pretty funny actually. we’ll know if you’re right when he shows up at the press conference tomorrow driving a benz or something.

  • BTownJosh

    Didn’t know that, but the point still stands. If he was truly considering IU he would have delayed his announcement and gave us a real visit. Not knocking his character, but his decision is clear.

  • BlakeD1223

    I want him to go to a school that we will play against so I can hear Assembly Hall boo the crap out of him when he plays us. Is that mean for me to think?


    And I wish I could up vote your, ” I would up vote this 15 times if I were able….”, comment more than once. lol

  • HoosierTrav

    His parents are well off, so it wouldnt be that telling. Already has a nice car.

  • HoosierTrav

    He’s not going to Michigan. Devin-Florida and JB-Kentucky

  • HoosierTrav

    The Harrison twins are projected high lotto picks… I’d be completely shocked if they play a second season. That whole roster is going to be depleted at the end of this season.

  • HoosierTrav

    Well unfortunately Kentucky wont play us anymore.


    Not saying that JaQuan couldn’t have handled things better, cause he sure could have, but at least he didn’t commit verbally and reassure everybody that he was still firmly committed to playing at IU for a lengthy amount of time. One even conveniently remained committed just long enough for him to make sure he was going to have a complete recovery from a major injury, cough, JBJ, cough, only to follow the lead of his friend Mr. Lyles, and pull the rug out from underneath IU. Then there’s the little thing where JBJ went on local TV, just a few days before announcing that he needed to, ” look around some “, and talked about trying to recruit others to IU.

    Now, having said all that, yes they are still only high school kids, this is a really big decision and they should be allowed to change their minds, etc etc, but you can’t tell me that they, as well as their parents, haven’t been around the recruiting process long enough to know that HOW they handled it was wrong. I have a harder time with how JBJ handled his with his dad not only being a head bball coach at a major high school but having also went through pretty much the same thing that passes for recruiting today. Him having that experience makes me wonder even harder if this wasn’t his end game in the very beginning. If he, by some miracle ends up signing with IU I will gladly set down, have a very large helping of crow put in front of me and eat it all and smile the whole time.


    Simply put $ $ $ $ $ $. The only reason that they might not is if they feel like there is a possibility of them having to take a pay cut the first year or two.


    Oh yea, you must be talking about the game where afterwards he went out of his way to say how he was still firmly committed to playing at IU, right ? There very well might not have been anything to make of it but if he ends up there I think one would be hard pressed to say that there wasn’t at the very least something going on with how that went down. Also if he ends up there it starts looking like there was more justification in Crean showing his displeasure of it happening than what some gave him. Yes, he could have, and should have, handled it more tactfully but at the same time it lends more than just a little bit of credibility to him being pretty upset with the whole thing or at least it does to this IU bball fan.


    Live in southern IN as well and, I know your pain, I feel your pain and couldn’t agree more.

  • Oldguyy

    Wake me up if and when this kid signs an LOI.


    Or if he shows up with a few large guys wearing a shirt that says security.


    Is that you Rip Van Winkle ? If it isn’t you might want to consider taking that name cause you are gonna have a very long nap. LOL

  • Bruce Clark

    Watched both the Pacers and Clippers’ games last night, and what a sea change between the 2 teams. I love what the Pacers have going – and with only one true superstar (but Hibbert looked great last night too). Counter that with the Clippers and their lack of cohesiveness.

    Brings me back to the team concept: the ‘Fab 5’ never won anything of note: no outright Big Ten championship and no national championship. The most highly-touted group of players in college history – and they failed to put aside their personal desires and objectives to achieve a common goal. Calipari and UK have an amazing group of freshmen this year – but they
    have won nothing yet and, if a bunch of them decide not to be the
    expected ‘one and done,’ then imagine how dramatically affected the 2014
    class would be. Playing time would be drastically reduced, etc.

    I really like our current team and the two 2014 committed recruits. Teams need role players also and I see someone like Max Hoetzel as a perfect role player, a complementary player that makes others around him better. Not a superstar, but I’m betting he goes on to have a decent NBA career.

    In the end, IU will have a good year this year and, I firmly believe, a great year next year regardless of any other new recruits with a full year under Fischer, Stan Robinson, Troy Williams, Collin Hartman, et. al.

  • BlakeD1223

    out of all places, please don’t go to KY!

  • hoosierdoug

    We have RJ coming and now hearing Jaquan Lyle is close to a verbal so have fun at pUKe …

  • hoosier1158

    I got one down arrow. There is at least one cat-tracker reading. : )

  • David James Downey

    That is frusrating. Growing up in the Lousiville tv market, I was able to see UK, Louisville, and Indiana regularly on tv. The cable options have really messed things up. I live in Virginia now and have to pay for full court to get the local games. Big 10 network carried your first exhibition game on a “tape” delay basis two days after the game which was a bummer.
    Good luck watching games later in the season.

  • mharv2631

    Common man! Stay home.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Evan Daniels (FOX recruiting analyst) is tweeting that a very close source says it is 50/50 between IU and Kentucky. He also tweeted that there was “some behind the scenes stuff” and that things were “getting interesting”. Really? I’m not buying into this at all and if he is still undecided, why is he going on national television at halftime of a football game tonight to annouce his decision?

    If he chooses IU and signs…welcome, glad to have you. If he chooses UK, fine. I’m just really, really happy there are actual games to watch and discuss.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Well put Bruce. You would make a good PR guy for the Hoosiers.

  • AZIU71

    I agree, what is this ……”behind the scenes stuff”,? parents disagreeing on his choice. Its a done deal, probably UK but would love to see him in Blmgt.

  • Hoosierfan2335

    A part of me just thinks there is no chance he comes to IU, but the fact that he de-committed and now considers IU really strongly is very interesting.

  • indianaohindiana

    What do you want to bet JBJ picks UK and his dad gets hired as an assistant coach shortly thereafter?

  • IU76’s

    I live in Louisville, hopefully it won’t be much longer. The cat fans are insufferable, Louisville fans somewhat better, but the Courier-Journal, while advertising as an KentuckIana paper really doesn’t offer much coverage of IU. Those idyllic days back at Bloomington are but memories occasionally revitalized by trips to IU games. U of E and Mich State this year :)!

  • mojo22046

    All a coach can do is put his team in the best possible position to win a title. But nothing’s guaranteed, even with the No. 2 and No. 4 player in the draft. There’s a distribution curve of possibilities. It’s a single-elimination tournament, not a 5- or 7-game series, so upsets happen all the time. Indeed, without having research in front of me, I dare say the best team usually doesn’t win it all. That’s why they call it March Madness.

    IU is just starting to get things rolling again. You can’t give up now.

  • hoosier1158

    Another thing incredibly annoying. You walk in stores down here and they have UK and UofL stuff for sale. Not much IU gear.

  • hoosier1158

    I can remember in the 80’s when you couldn’t watch IU unless the cable provider picked up WTTV out of Bloomington. It was hard to watch IU back then. Maybe i shouldn’t complain?