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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