Notebook: Blackmon Jr. wins McDonald’s 3-point contest

  • 04/01/2014 9:40 am in

McDonald’s All-American week is off to a very good start for Marion guard James Blackmon Jr.

The 6-foot-3 Indiana-bound senior won the McDonald’s All-American 3-point shootout on Monday night at the University of Chicago’s Gerald Ratner Athletic Center.

Blackmon Jr. scored 23 points in the event to beat Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis (20), Duke’s Grayson Allen (14) and undecided Myles Turner (10).

Here’s video of Blackmon Jr’s performance:

The future Hoosier then beat Tennessee signee Alex Middleton in the boys’ vs. girls’ 3-point shootout, 20-19. 

The McDonald’s All American Game will air live Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Cunningham sets decision date

Class of 2014 Morgan Park (Ill.) forward Josh Cunningham, rated 107th nationally in the 247Composite, will announce his college decision on Wednesday, Apr. 9.

Cunningham, who recently led Morgan Park to a second straight Class 3A title, is considering Creighton, Bradley, Indiana, Minnesota, South Carolina, Iowa State and Oklahoma.

He visited Bloomington in early March for IU’s win over Ohio State.

Maten receives offer from Michigan State

Class of 2014 Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) forward Yante Maten was offered a scholarship from Michigan State on Monday afternoon.

The Detroit News first reported the offer and Bloomfield Hills coach Duane Graves later confirmed it to Inside the Hall’s Jordan Littman.

Based on comments made by Graves to The Detroit News, the offer from the Spartans may be a game-changer in his recruitment.

“When we first started this recruiting process, Michigan State was No. 1 on his board,” Graves told The Detroit News. “But MSU didn’t have a scholarship available then. Now they do. This is awesome.’

Maten took an official visit to Bloomington over the weekend that concluded yesterday.

Sheehey to play in NABC All-Star game

Indiana senior Will Sheehey will play in the 2014 Reese’s Division I All-Star game on Friday in Arlington, Texas, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced today.

Sheehey will play for Maryland coach Mark Turgeon on the East roster. The game will be played at AT&T Stadium at 4:30 p.m. local time and will be shown on tape delay on Saturday, April 5, from 12-2 p.m. EDT on CBS.

Northwestern’s Drew Crawford will play on the West team, which will be coached by Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins.

The teams are composed of senior student-athletes in NCAA Division I.

(Photo credit: McDonald’s All-American game)

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  • ForeverIU

    More importantly, all the recent predictions are overwhelmingly for IU. Recent predictions are better indicators of what’s to come. Myles Turner, for example, is 68% to Kansas, but none of the last 4-5 predictions are for Kansas. The recent trend is mostly for Texas or SMU, maybe Duke. But there often are very last minute changes in prediction trends, as with Blackmon (from Kentucky to IU).

  • kaponya44

    Fun rumors going around about either Wojo or Beilein getting the Marquette job ..Both could be April Fools day jokes …or one could be their coach as of a supposed 2 PM News conference .

  • Gregory Spera

    What would he have to lie about?

  • David Macer

    It’s Wojo !!

  • David Macer

    I got dizzy watching it……

  • kaponya44

    I know ..Just cracked me up that I got 5 emails from people who don’t ! Lovin’ it !!

  • Hoosier Hall

    I think we’ll land Cunningham, don’t know why just a gut feeling. It will be cool to see Sheehey play at least once more, hope he lights it up.

  • kaponya44

    I do too ..When you posted this something good came to mind …It would be hilarious and kind of wrong if a good recruit pulled a fake commit or de-commit today ! Potential for priceless .

  • MillaRed

    I think this guy is the mixed tape exception. He is labeled by many as the best pure shooter in the country. From 3 AND pull ups. There are not many that can carry both of those labels. Kid shot 69% from inside the arch last season. Think about that for a minute. He’s a guard not a center!!! Took around 380 total shots and nearly split between 3s and 2s.

    He will be on TV Wed night McD’s AA game. Let’s all tune in and talk it out Thurs/Fri. Very interested to see how he does in a game like that.

    My level of excitement for JBJ is equal to that of Cody’s a few years back. I think he’s a game changer. He hovers around 20 in terms of national ranking, but I think he’s the best scoring guard in the entire class.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Lol! That would be hilarious. You think Myles Turner has a great sense of humor? People would be livid but I’d laugh!

  • Bled4IU

    Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait!!!! JBJ is something special!!

  • Hoosier Hall

    And Carlton Bragg

  • Hoosier Hall

    2 (counting Yogi)

  • HoosierCruz

    insanely soft touch on his shot… unbelievable

  • Ole Man

    From your lips to the basketball god’s ears! LOL.
    Wasn’t sayin’ he wouldn’t be great.
    Just saving my final opinion 🙂

  • AssemblyBall

    Are we going to hang a banner or cut down some nets for this?

  • Snookafly

    We won’t be seeing any players like that anytime soon, either. Crean doesn’t want his players to carry the extra weight, because he wants them to be able to run all game. That’s not meant as a knock, it’s just the essence of what Je’Ney Jackson said about the weight training program.

  • SCHoosier

    TC may change his mind about not liking “corner three’s” with JBjr and Rob J on board??

  • Snookafly

    I feel like we have a real shot at Giddens– Bragg not so much.

  • SeeingRed

    I think the most exciting thing about JBJ is just watching how the ball comes out of his hand. Thing of beauty — just a pure looking stroke. Quiet, smooth, unhurried. It really is rarer than one would think. Let’s hope he gets lots of opportunities to put it on display.

  • MillaRed

    I think there will be many chances to get Yogi, JBJ and RJ on the floor together. They all can run, they all can handle and shoot. I think that will be a fun lineup to watch. Not many teams that can slow down 3 talented guards.

  • drewheck

    I would be fine with either at this point but landing both would be great

  • TokyoSteve

    Let’s hope so. It’s a disadvantage when the opposing coach and team know they don’t have to defend us tightly in the corners. They can almost treat the corners as two added defenders.

  • drewheck

    He had plenty of time to call while he was not doing team activities and to do it on the last day of his iu visit knowing msu is his dream school is dirty pool. Its like izzo said in his head well Indiana probably has him do let’s ruin it for them and steal him on his last day on their campus. This made me lose a lot of respect for izzo

  • drewheck

    That look he gave James when he dunked on Justin Jackson was priceless maybe we should go back after him and maybe get a visit at least

  • HoosierGrampy

    CTC as the Nation’s most formidable “en Masse Substitution Guru” can find a way to keep 2 of the 3 off the floor w/o working up a sweat…in the same way Dean Smith was able to hold MJ to <20 ppg as a Junior.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Taking a corner “3” may actually help a shooter’s percentage more so than shooting from anywhere else on the court: If your shot is either short or long, it never touches the rim but ends up with a team mate scoring, the shot now becomes a pass & assist. No other spot affords these 2 “opportunities”.

  • drewheck

    Anyone know when Mr basketball announced

  • Gregory Spera

    Last year it was on April 3rd. Haven’t heard this year.

  • Shaggy_C

    I like him a whole lot less all of a sudden.

  • ForeverIU

    Lol, those all-embracing open arms could also be those of a very eager and well-positioned defender.

  • drewheck


  • Alford Bailey

    I actually agree with CTC on corner threes. A miss tends to lead to an easy transition opportunity for the opposition more often than not.

  • Shawn Congo

    I thought the big guys were weak rebounders when Zeller was there, but the other guys were all solid rebounders for their position, but that could be related to the fact they were much better at long range shooting during that time.

  • HoosierGrampy

    It seems to me that some teams will always have well-positioned defenders around the rim…even us on occasion. To shooters like Mike Woodson, Jay Edwards, Steve Alford, AJGuyton etc, the more players I see in the paint, the greater is the likelihood of my shot NOT being re-directed into the 3d-4th row.

  • jaywiz

    Zellers weakness is his wingspan.

  • we’re as bad playing zone as we are playing against zone. I don’t think that’s the players’ fault.

  • walton

    Exactly; it’s about winning – and you do what you got to do for your program to win. If a coach thinks this will help him win then I’d want my coach to do it — seeing that’s its a legal move.

  • kaponya44

    Sorry for saying Seth ” what’s his name” ..It was Seth Coy I was referring to .