Blackmon Jr. named co-MVP as Indiana All-Stars complete sweep of Kentucky

  • 06/14/2014 10:09 pm in

Indiana signee James Blackmon Jr. scored 23 points as the Indiana All-Stars completed a sweep of Kentucky with a 111-99 win on Saturday night in front of 6,520 fans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Blackmon Jr., who was named a co-MVP of the game with Trevon Bluiett (Xavier) finished the two-game series with 64 points, tying him for the third highest all-time mark in the event.

George McGinnis (76, 1969) and Oscar Robertson (75, 1956) are the only players in series history with a higher two-game total than Blackmon Jr. and Quentin Snider, who scored 64 points this year for Kentucky.

The future Indiana guard was 9-of-19 from the field, 5-of-8 on 3-pointers and also had eight assists, four rebounds and three turnovers. In the all-star two games, Blackmon Jr. was 22-of-45 from the field and 9-of-17 from behind the 3-point line.

The win was the 13th straight in the series for Indiana.

Indiana Mr. Basketball Trey Lyles did not play in either all-star game due to a reported illness and was not in attendance on Saturday night.

Blackmon Jr., who is ninth on the state’s all-time scoring list with 2,387 points, had a total of 50 points in a pair of exhibition wins for the Indiana All-Stars over the junior all-stars.

He is expected to arrive in Bloomington on Tuesday to join fellow freshmen Jeremiah April and Tim Priller, who are already on campus. Max Hoetzel and Robert Johnson are also expected to arrive this week.

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  • SHowell

    Looking forward to more of the same in Bloomington.

  • ForeverIU

    By the end of the week we’ll have the entire crew on campus? Gives me goosebumps. Welcome to Bloomington young Hoosiers. I hope you have nothing but stardust in your eyes.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Awesome job by JBJ, I’m looking forward to this next year.

    Side note: I know Lyles was hurt or sick or whatever but seems really strange that he didn’t even show up to cheer on the Indiana team in these two games. I went to the Jrs vs Seniors game earlier this last week and he was in street clothes with the team at least. Oh well

  • IUBizmark

    That does seem like he chickened out. Wonder if there’s any truth to that.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I know, right? It’s getting closer to the start of the season. With the lack of CBB games right now I’m keeping up with the World Cup. Can’t wait till Hoosier Hysteria. Hopefully Inside The Hall will have some stats and info from the Canada trip in August.

  • yimyames

    He’s preparing not to play next season. lol

  • Dagwoods

    I think staying and cheering on Indiana would look bad among the Kentucky fans. He officially has nothing to do with Indiana anymore.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    On the benefit of the doubt side, he may very well be ill enough to preclude him making an appearance at the game.
    Who knows.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    I’m very optimistic about this coming season.
    I’m not thinking we’ll be overly good, but I think it will be interesting to watch the development of this team.
    We have some good pieces in place, and I think we will surprise some teams.

  • Brad

    It will be an interesting season. Success in college basketball now rests in solid guard play, and we’ll have arguably the best back-court in the Big Ten. I have no clue what to expect, but I have a feeling they’ll be fun to watch.

  • ‘Nuff_Said

    I could understand it if there was a bona fide reason he couldn’t play, but to not even show up at the Lexington or Indianapolis games and last night at Bankers Life there wasn’t any mention of him whatsoever. Maybe somebody should call John Calipari and see if he knows the answer!!

  • ‘Nuff_Said

    JBJ is one smooth player and Bluiett is no slouch. Put them in a game of horse and the game might last for days. Love how JBJ is much more than a spot-up shooter and can create shots off a drive. Deceptively quick and more than willing to share the ball. I think he had at least 6 assists in the Indy game.

  • Lyles at the 4 and Fischer at the 5 would of made us a national championship contender. It’s hard to keep it in perspective, but Crean did have the pieces that we now lack. The departures of Fischer and lyles hurt. It’s hard to generate interest and develop relationships with players when for the last few years we already had slots filled for the positions. Crean has the back court. He has the combo wing players. Had everyone stayed on board we would of been in the position everyone wanted…a chance to play on a team with great players and compete for a NCAA championship. It’s a shame really.

  • hoosier1158

    A new rule should be added to this game. If an Indiana kid signs with UK, they should not be allowed to play in this all star game.

  • ForeverIU

    Me too, I’m trying to catch some matches from the World Cup.

  • MillaRed

    No doubt. Would have been loaded.

  • MillaRed

    He’s not nearly as ill as I was when he decommitted and signed with Kentucky. If an Indiana kid doesn’t understand the slap in the face that is, I don’t want him in Bloomington anyway.

  • With buzz leaving Marquette that puts a big question mark on Fischer’s future with that program. With Players staying at Kentucky lyles may not get the playing time he expects. I’m sure the lack of size will show dramatically at IU. Just seems as if it would of worked out better had everyone just gave it a chance.

  • Bryce Kepner

    I think even having just Lyles would’ve been great. But I got a good laugh out of the fact that Kentucky has so many players that it will be hard for Lyles to get a lot of playing time.

  • vanpastorman

    Good Point. He would be the Vonleh on the team this coming season. He could have had huge minutes in Bloomington.

  • SCHoosier

    There u go again Ben..being all reasonable..,logical and truthful!

  • SCHoosier

    Luke will be fine with the new coach…at least at good at the Plumlee’s before he leaves..(Unless he gets homesick again)

  • SCHoosier

    Trey was running audio for his dad’s new album!):

  • Ole Man

    If a bullfrog had wings it wouldn’t bust its butt…..

  • HoosierGrampy

    Maybe he’ll get homesick in January and transfer…

  • Snookafly

    It’s not like UK recruits it’s own state anyway.

  • PocketHoosier

    Since we’re talking a bit in the comments about the mechanics of the incoming shooters, Blackmon has a predominantly two motion outside shot. I’ve seen him take several single motion shots that actually look better, but he seems to be more comfortable with the two motion so that’s the one I will discuss.

    Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan have a double motion shot, where the elbow rises into final position before it is flexed, the wrist comes forward with the forearm and the ball is released when the arm is vertical.

    There are only two points of criticism that I can come up with on his mechanics and they’re related to one another. For a two motion shot, his shooting elbow is particularly wide. As wide as he throws it, you would expect there to be a considerable hitch but there really isn’t. It’s actually thrown out because he is a two handed shooter. If you watch his guide hand on his follow through, he is flicking the shooting wrist but . That’s minorly problematic because it’s a bit unorthodox, but his shooting efficiency to this point indicates that he is comfortable with this type of shot and that’s really what you would worry about. You’re not going to run a clinic from his current mechanics and use him as an exemplar to beginners, but if he sticks around long enough, he’ll hit lots and lots and lots of shots for the Hoosiers.

  • ForeverIU

    Could we please get a 4-year player/intellectual like Tim Duncan?

  • They were collaborating on a new album that was going to transcend generations…….Pumpin the Pu**y Volume 2.

  • marcusgresham

    He’s the last of them. At least, the last with that skill level.

  • ForeverIU

    Maybe we will witness a renaissance in college basketball. Who knows? Maybe Crean’s recruiting paradigm is going in that direction, that of finding the “diamonds in the rough” who will stay longer in college and graduate. Duncan, after all, was not heavily recruited as a college player.

  • Outoftheloop

    But we DO have April, Priller, Hoetzel, Hanner, Devin, and Troy! We also have 4 great guards: Yogi, Stan, James and Robert. So let’s deal with reality, win with what we have, and fill in the gaps with 2015 recruits for 2015-16!

  • Outoftheloop

    But they did not move the school. So he is still close to home.

  • calbert40

    Whenever you are on a basketball list, and the only names above you are George McGinnis and Oscar Robertson, that is a high honor. WOW!

  • MK

    so what your trying to say is…the kid gets buckets.

  • Cody Zeller, Yogi Ferrell, and James Blackmon Jr. are very good examples of how this fan base treats its own that stay and wear Indiana across their chest. These guys are flat out rock stars and will ALWAYS be rock stars, regardless of how they’re pro careers turn out….. The more I think about JB jr., the more respect I have for him. How hard would it be for a young man, who had the opportunity to follow in his fathers footsteps, and wear the same uniform as his father, turn down that opportunity? Especially when this University (I guess we’ll call it that) is seemingly at the top of the CBB world (Yes, it hurts to say that). It took some major stones to turn that down. It also took a “wise beyond his years” understanding of what it means to be an All American Indiana kid who represents Indiana. These guys will ALWAYS have a true fan in me.


    Must…..find…..way……..give…….upvote……second…..time !


    Nice one ! only thing missing was the rim shot.

    I’m not saying I hope he gets hurt and can’t play. What I AM saying is that I hope he isn’t playing and it’s NOT from being injured.


    No argument here.

  • twarrior87

    or Lyles and Vonleh… now that would have been great!