Blackmon Jr. selected for 2014 McDonald’s All-American game

  • 01/29/2014 6:02 pm in

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.


Tom Baker – 1977
Ray Tolbert – 1977
Landon Turner – 1978
Isiah Thomas – 1979
John Flowers – 1981
Daryl Thomas – 1983
Delray Brooks – 1984
Ricky Calloway – 1985
Jay Edwards – 1987
Eric Anderson – 1988
Greg Graham – 1989
Pat Graham – 1989
Damon Bailey – 1990
Alan Henderson – 1991
Sherron Wilkerson – 1993
Andrae Patterson – 1994
Neil Reed – 1994
Jason Collier – 1996
Luke Recker – 1997
Dane Fife – 1998
Jared Jeffries – 2000
Bracey Wright – 2002
D.J. White – 2004
Eric Gordon – 2007
Cody Zeller – 2011
Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell – 2012
Noah Vonleh – 2013

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  • And_One

    Congratulations, young man. That’s a nifty little streak we got goin’, too. Let’s keep it up.

  • aHoopandaPrayer

    Light ’em up J.B. Show Trey what it’s like playing against you.

  • Gregory Spera

    Can’t wait too see JBJ in candy stripes. Consistently landing these kind of players is critical. Crean is doing a great job here. Couldn’t help but notice that Duke and Kentucky each have four. Jeeze, I guess that’s why they are Duke and Kentucky.

  • Trevor Howenstine

    Could you imagine, Cody-senior, yogi-junior, vonley-sophomore, and JBJ-freshman?

  • Brklynhoosier

    What’s really amazing is how many of the guys who made the team we were in the running and/or finalists for… Pinson, D’Angelo Russell, Devin Booker, Trey… I know close only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades, but w/ just a -little- more success, we could be seeing 3-4 MDAA’s in candy-stripes…

  • Alford Bailey

    I personally love the fact that JBJ is an Indiana kid, Mac All American, probable Mr. Basketball and we got him.

  • Alford Bailey

    “Jimmy Buckets”….. haven’t heard that one before.

  • Alford Bailey

    Eric Anderson, Pat Graham, Greg Graham, Damon Bailey and Alan Henderson all on the same team. Those were the days.

  • Brklynhoosier

    And let’s not forget the kid from Evansville… what was his name?

  • Alford Bailey

    Yea and he wasn’t a MickeyD AA.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Completely forgot that Dane Fife was a McDonald’s All American.

  • Dee McDonald

    Usually about half of the guys in this game will either be mediocre players or never pan’s to watching JBJ be the real deal and lead IU back to the promised land!

  • marcusgresham

    He was injured in high school though. Knight had to be convinced to sign him

  • Gregory Spera

    You missed Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky and Travis Welsh, C, UCLA

  • InTheMtns

    I hope you’re right about Mr. Basketball. Lately it seems all the “experts” are saying it will be Trevon Bluiett. I’m sure it’s going to be a pretty tight finish between the top three – JBJ, Trevon and Trey. Good luck to JBJ in the Mr. Basketball race!

  • BluegrassHoosier

    We need Turner 🙂

  • CreamandCrimson

    Add Isaiah Whitehead to that list…I think we were right behind Seton Hall with him (and they hired his high school coach to be an assistant I believe).

  • CreamandCrimson

    Congratulations to James Blackmon Jr….I’m very much looking forward to having his scoring prowess in our backcourt.

  • TomJameson

    Before going to the NBA, here’s hoping that JBJ’s accomplishments include winning Mr. Basketball, then being on a NCAA championship team. GO IU

  • plane1972

    That would answer all our prayers. It’s good to dream.

    I wonder how the coaching carousel might impact some guys shaking loose from commitments. We might be well-positioned to swoop in on some guys.

  • 5_Banners

    Blackmon and Yogi is a scary backcourt.

  • SCHoosier

    Great honor for James..his coaches and teammates. Hope he gets to play the point for a few minutes so he’ll at least be able to take a shot…getting somebody to pass it to u in this game is a rare occurrence!

  • N71

    Was wishing for the same thing. Also curious what the latest is with Jaquan Lyles.

  • Hoosierfan2335

    I’ve never watched a mcdonald’s all-american game but it’s cool that we have been able to pick up a few of these guys in recent years. the need for blackmon is very apparent in our offensive struggles.

  • Hoosierfan2335

    Wasn’t he Mr. Football in Michigan too as a quarterback?

  • MillaRed

    You’re not missing much. It’s not much of a game. Everyone is out for themselves. Chucking 25 footers. It’s pretty ugly, at least the game itself.

  • MillaRed

    I’m thankful I can read this without feeling like I got punched in the stomach. I.e. he was headed to Kentucky.

  • Hoosierfan2335

    yeah that’s why I don’t watch. It’s not like these kids need their egos inflated even more.

  • CreamandCrimson

    The main reason is that he’s never shown Indiana any interest. Tom Crean and his staff recruited him in the very early stages of his recruitment (at least according to reports, he had an offer from IU) but Turner never wanted to visit and never showed any interest at being a Hoosier. Oh well, it’s not for everybody!

  • CreamandCrimson

    It’s Jaquan Lyle, not Lyles and IU appears to be done recruiting him. According to everything I’ve read, Lyle is strongly considering Kansas and Memphis. He’s a really good player but for whatever reason, IU isn’t considered a possibility for him at this stage.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Funny but true..

  • Kevin Tolliver

    Probably be playing a three guard lineup next year for sure. With Stan and Rob

  • yimyames

    He’s visiting Oregon this weekend, I believe.

  • yimyames

    JBJ>GH as high school seniors imo.

  • calbert40

    I’m not certain that we need another combo guard, even if it is a really talented one like Lyle. I know nothing more than the rest of you, but reading between the lines based on things he has said, I get the feeling that he and CTC don’t see eye to eye on some items.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Right you are…the Ducks flew from my mind and I forgot to mention them but yes, Oregon is on Jaquan Lyle’s radar as well. He might end up being a good college player but I’m really not bothered at all that he won’t end up at IU. The staff should be focusing 100% of their recruiting efforts on finding a serviceable big for 2014 (and brewing up a potion of some kind that will convince Noah to stay for his sophomore season).

  • calbert40

    Sounds like a gangster’s name from Goodfellas.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I don’t think there is any doubt about it on the offensive end. James Blackmon Jr. is a better scorer (more points, more efficient) and a better ball handler. Harris was probably the better rebounder. I don’t think passing is a weakness or strength of either player. Defense definitely goes to Harris and he is bigger than Blackmon Jr. All in all, I think it’s very possible (and I think it’ll happen) that Blackmon Jr. has a Harris-like impact next season.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Not sure where else to put this news so I’ll post it here….IU has offered Ruben Guerrero. A 2014 C, 6’10 and 210 lbs, from Wichita, KS. According to 247sports, he has two schools with interest, IU and Gonzaga and IU is his only offer. He’s not rated and I couldn’t find him on ESPN’s recruiting page.

    I’m no expert but if you are 6’10” and have one scholarship offer you are probably not great….surely the information I found is not correct.

  • Alford Bailey

    Maybe even 4 guards at times. Villanova has done that pretty well this year.