Blackmon Jr. scores 28 as Indiana All-Stars rout Juniors

  • 06/12/2014 7:58 am in

Marion guard James Blackmon Jr. scored 24 of his 28 points in the second half as the Indiana All-Stars beat the Junior All-Stars, 124-102, in an exhibition on Wednesday night at Columbus North.

It was the second meeting between the two teams this week and Wednesday’s matchup was far more competitive than the first.

On Monday, the Indiana All-Stars put a complete beatdown on the Juniors with a 140-91 rout at Logansport.

The Indiana All-Stars will play the annual series with the Kentucky All-Stars this weekend with a Friday game in Lexington and a Saturday matchup in Indianapolis.

In the pair of exhibition games, Blackmon Jr. scored a total of 50 points on 20-of-39 shooting from the field.

The Indiana signee finished his high school career with 2,387 points, which ranks in the top 10 all-time in state history.

The leading scorer for the All-Stars in the exhibitions was Xavier signee Trevon Bluiett, who scored 74 points over the two contests. On Wednesday in Columbus, Bluiettt had 44 points on 19-of-26 shooting.

Mr. Basketball Trey Lyles has not participated this week due to an illness.

The complete boxscore from Monday’s exhibition is available here and the box from Wednesday’s exhibition is available here.

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  • CreamandCrimson

    The game in Lexington is going to be played at Transylvania State University…seriously. I can’t believe how quickly this series has gone from being a huge deal to being a total afterthought. I don’t know if that’s because Kentucky has stopped producing D1 talent and the series is no longer very competitive or if it’s because people have already seen the prospects play on TV (or on the internet) or if there’s some other reason. Anyway, it’s great to see Blackmon Jr. ripping the nets…he is going to be a pleasure to watch in Bloomington.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Jeez, Bluiett is a heck of a scorer. This is a good year for D1 talent out of Indiana. We always have a few top recruits but there are some potential stars in this group, Blackmon being one of them.

  • Not sure why they moved it to Lexington (from Louisville), but I remember there being a pretty decent crowd for the game when Zeller, Etherington and Abell played back in 2011 at Bellarmine. I’d be surprised if they get a decent turnout on Friday.

  • CreamandCrimson

    My only guess for the move to Lexington was that Trey Lyles would be an attraction for UK fans. But then, if Big Blue Nation is really interested in something, they would show up and watch it anywhere. My Dad and I attended a few of these things in the mid-2000s and the crowds seemed to be decent but there has been absolutely zero buzz for the past couple of years. All things change I suppose.

  • Indiana is also dominating the games each year, so that also doesn’t help fans get interested when Kentucky never wins the games.

  • SCHoosier

    With no IU-UK annual hook up.and only sporadic games with UL..this series could be on its last legs. Frankly I’d rather have Blackmon right now a IU working out. Went to several of these games at Hinkle growing up..doesn’t seem to mean as much these days. Bluiett really lit it up last night..was anyone guarding him or did they just double team James? TB is a scorer..know doubt about it..glad we’re not seeing him at UM.

  • Rie

    It is amazing that Blackmon is in the top ten all-time scorers for high school basketball in Indiana. I can only imagine where he would have been if it were not for the ACL tear. I am really excited to see JBJr. and our team in action next season!

  • inLinE6

    I still don’t know why we didn’t get any chance on Bluiett, and why he ended up at Xavier not B1G.

  • marcusgresham

    It is a Big East school now, not the A-10. I know the Big East is still somewhat diminished from its heyday, but it’s a top-tier basketball conference.

  • SCHoosier

    I think he just wanted to cut his own path having played second fiddle to Yogi in HS..and competing in the same state with Blackmon etc. And cut he will with that stroke!

  • Bryce Kepner

    Bluiett is a heck of a scorer, but I was at the Juniors vs Seniors game in Logansport and the guy was a ball hog. I know its an all star game and guys are worried about getting their points, but anytime Bluiett got the ball, he wasn’t passing. When he was on the court, he was thinking about himself.

  • Bryce Kepner

    I saw the game they played earlier in the week at Logansport. No double teams on Blackmon, but Blackmon was playing ball and looking to pass to open teammates and whatnot. Everytime Bluiett got the ball, he was looking to get his points. He was not looking to pass to the open teammate or anything. Don’t get me wrong, I after seeing him play, I would’ve been happy to see him at IU , but now I can tell why he didn’t come, he wants to be THE man on whatever team he is on.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Seems that he wanted to go into a situation where he was the #1 guy from day one. Not be in the shadows of Yogi or Blackmon.

  • Alford Bailey

    This was a great series in the 70s and 80s. I have ties to Kentucky high school basketball and its hard to explain the lack of talent down there currently. Kentucky used to be very competitive talent wise but lately it seems as though Hoosier talent has sky rocketed way ahead. I only wish we the same advantage on the college level. 🙁

  • Outoftheloop

    I have to eat some “crow”. I never thought that Bluiett was a McDonald’s AA type player. I was wrong! The kid is great, well deserving of #1 or 2 or 3 ranking for the Indiana All-Stars. James is still the player that I most want at IU, but Bluiett would also look good in candy-stripes!

  • Outoftheloop

    Not top tier, but just behind the B1G, ACC, PAC and Big 12 and even the SEC.

  • marcusgresham

    The SEC is extremely top-heavy (until Bruce Pearl gets re-established at Auburn.) I think depth-wise, the Big East is superior.

  • hoosier1158

    Trey probably hasn’t been feeling to well since Stein, Poythress and Lee are coming back and maybe not that much playing time is available??

  • FinEndNow

    Actually the Big East was the 3rd or 4th best conference RPI wise last year. The SEC was behind them and either the ACC or Pac-12 were behind them but I cant remember.

  • I dont mean to sound like an ass but I was SOOOOO pleased when I found out how heavy they were going to be in the frontcourt next year. He bought all of the hype Calipari was selling him about being 1 and done. Now it’s looking more and more like he would have had a better chance at doing that at IU. He could still go in the first round, but I’m not sure he’ll be a lotto pick after getting limited minutes this season. I wonder how riding the pine will affect to his ego.

  • Bryce Kepner

    At the Seniors vs Juniors game that I went to this last monday, when they announced Lyles’ name, there were a fair amount of boos and I got a big kick out of it!

  • hoosier1158

    That is what i have been sitting back and waiting for, more kids to stick around down there a little longer. That may slow down all these top recruits thinking they will be next years star. If you’re good, UK does nothing to get you to the pro’s faster than any other of the top coaches.