• CreanFaithful

    Those All American games are tough to watch. JBJ had a fairly nice showing. After a an ugly forced shot early, he settled in and played within himself. Showed that he can handle the ball well and find teammates in traffic, displayed a crafty mid-range game and hit his free throws.

    The one thing I’m most concerned about is whether he will be able to defend at the college level and a McDonald’s All American game isn’t a very good indicator. I haven’t got to watch him in person and before last night had only seen highlight reels. He doesn’t have a very big frame or crazy speed and it makes me wonder.

    Anyone have any insight as to how he performed defensively in high school? It’s always going to be an adjustment trying to defend college level players, but I’m curious what kind of defender he was against his peers in high school…

  • HoosierHysteric

    When he hit that wide open three I cried a little.

    When later in the video I saw a pump fake, dribble to a mid-range pull up, it was openly weeping…

  • Too bad we don’t have a front…we may of had a decent team next year.

  • Bled4IU

    I don’t think we should be so sure of that, we still have a chance of landing someone for next year and how do we know yet that Hanner won’t develop enough this off season to be just enough of a presence for our back court to explode next season?

  • Rie

    Our back court is going to be nasty. Between Yogi, James, Robert and Stanford playing the one through three (at times), I think we can get back to the ball movement and spacing optimal for Crean’s system.

  • JBJ says second half went better because he was left in to play. Stated too much subbing in the first half and couldnt find his groove. Hope Crean was listening…

  • Nicholas Allen Cotner

    Besides that ugly forced shot….I swear every shot looks like it is going to be knocked down when it leaves his hand

  • ForeverIU

    I watched him play yesterday. Aside from shooting (which is part of his overall game anyway), he has tremendous presence and precision/efficiency, the kind that i think will be contagious. He’s the type of person you feel embarrassed to slack when he’s around. Yogi is the same way but I think a tad more temperamental, although I think next year he will have matured even more. Watch out people, we have a group of winners next year.

  • hoosierfan2336

    First time I watched a mcdonald’s all american game. Had to shut it off after about 3 minutes. It’s about as bad as it gets in terms of basketball and inflated egos of 18 year old kids. Glad to see blackmon jr. did well though. It’s pretty clear we will need his shooting ability.

  • 323SGrant

    I hope CTC was listening also. His substitution patterns have been noted by many Hoosier fans. Most players perform better when they are allowed to “find their groove” as JBJ said.

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    Just a natural scorer…..looks efforless.

    LOVE the high release point on that jumpshot.

  • Rie

    I think James is consistent enough to not have to worry about this at all. With our roster this past season, no one apart from Yogi was consistently good enough to warrant being part of a set rotation. I understand the gripes about the situational subbing, but you are talking about getting in a groove, which James will have all the opportunities in the world to have next season.

  • calbert40

    I agree completely. He is efficient. He doesn’t need to take 20 shots to score 16 points. He needs about 10. I liked what Jalen and Jay said during the broadcast about him: “every time he takes a shot, I think it is going in.” And I think he is even more impressive in person. His game seems effortless. He glides instead of sprints. He explodes to the rim. His shot has little wasted motion or effort.

    I kinda like him. 🙂

  • ForeverIU

    Jay Williams: “Every time Blackmon shoots it, you think it’s going in. He’s got one of the purest jump shots I’ve seen.”

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Jay on every other Blackmon bucket: “Tyus Jones really put him in a position to score there.” Give the dude some credit. Man he was slobbin all over Tyus and Okafor.

  • ForeverIU

    Ha, I had the tv on mute as a compromise to my wife. The king of burgers wasn’t going to be boss in my house. I read the Jay Williams quote elsewhere.

  • Alford Bailey

    My question too. I saw him play several times and he didnt play much defense I think by his dads design because Marion needed him to so much on offense. No doubt he will need to learn to play B1G style D. I believe he is capable, though.

  • kyle jenkins

    Blackmon will never have to guard the other teams best player because of yogi, rob, and Stan being known to have great defense. No need to be concerned. He’ll be fine.

  • Alford Bailey

    I think James ability to get in the lane and score will surprise. And if you foul him go ahead and put 2 on the board. I’ve watched him several times and haven’t seen a free throw hit the rim let alone miss. Last time I was this excited about a recruit coming to Btown it was a guy named Damon Bailey.

  • KmanCRK

    Gotta throw R Johnson in there too. He’s coming with that same mindset. I think a big part of what was missing last year won’t be a problem this year and that is accountability to your teammates. There will be 4-5 guys who will really push everyone to become much better. I’m excited about our guard play for next year.

    Great shooters can fix a lot of issues. And come next year, we’ll have at least 3 great shooters and I expect Stan and Troy to make big improvements as well.

  • Joshua Haltom

    Should be interesting to see if there is enough shots to go around for Yogi, RJ, and Blackmon

  • VanPastorMan

    Thx for the highlights. I really appreciate it.

  • Alford Bailey

    Yea it pretty bad. Not like these kids need their egos inflated anymore. Okafor and Jones might take the cake with their package deal thing.