Video: James Blackmon Jr. Indiana-All Stars highlights

  • 06/20/2014 8:53 am in

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Incoming Indiana freshman and Marion product James Blackmon Jr. scored 41 points last Friday as the Indiana All-Stars beat Kentucky, 104-94, at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.

The 41-point effort by Blackmon Jr. tied Oscar Robertson (1956) for the third highest ever in the series. Only George McGinnis (53, Indiana, 1969) and Jim McDaniels (42, Kentucky, 1967) have scored more.

The McDonald’s All-American guard was 13-of-26 from the field, 4-of-9 on 3-pointers and 11-of-13 from the free throw line in 39 minutes. He also had four rebounds, three steals, two turnovers and an assist.

Selected highlights from Blackmon Jr.’s performance are available after the jump.

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  • Yeah………. But can he score?

  • Arch Puddington

    If he had ended up at Kentucky or Michigan, several of my internal organs would have ceased to function and I would have inexplicably begun speaking in a German accent.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Might be our 4th lottery pick in three years.

  • ‘Nuff_Said

    He is so smooth and deceptively quick. Can also create his own shot. He’s going to stretch those defenses that just packed us in last year when we had little in the way of outside scoring threats.

  • SCHoosier

    Kid has the total offense. Lethal going to the hole.. I didn’t realize how good his cross-over is. Most impressive thing on this tape :After a driving layup..James SPRINTED back on defense to catch with his man..in an ALL STAR game for goodness sakes!!!

  • MillaRed

    I know I have been accused of being hard on a few of these new recruits but I cannot help myself. James needs coaching up and I am here to help.

    – Try to be more aggressive. Standing around helps no one.

    – Take the ball to the hole. Just jump shooting is not enough.

    – Stop taking 10 seconds to shoot. You look like you are staring at the Goodyear blimp.

    – Soft little sissy layups don’t work in the B1G. Try to dunk once in a while.

    – When you run around 3 players and dunk on two of them you are showing off. This will not please the conservative Assembly Hall fans.

    I think this is a good start. More to come once I get a better handle on his game.

  • Gregory Spera

    I’m confused… do you want him to dunk or not?

  • If he had ended up at UK or Michigan I would have an organ that I wouldnt be able to stop functioning…..a never ending flow if you will!

  • ace132

    Similar to what we said about HMP, am I right? All kidding aside, James will have an uphill battle becoming a lottery pick. Definition of an undersized 2. Not very explosive, only goes right. But he can shoot the lights out and that is a coveted nba skill right now. He still as a shot but I highly doubt as a one and done. Which is a good thing for us!

  • I am impressed with his mid range game and ability to drive to the hoop. Nice touch from downtown. I will be nice to see him firing away in Assembly Hall. I hope he stays more than a year. It would be nice to have for 3 or 4 but I know I am being greedy….cant help it want another banner!

  • hoosiers20

    Reminds me a lot of Bradley Beal at the same stage except a little less athletic

  • ForeverIU

    Oh man, this is pure poetry!

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Did you watch the video?

  • ForeverIU

    Definitely a good thing. You can count on Yogi for explosive. The two are going to be lethal together. I can’t wait.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I knew someone would take the bait….he was being sarcastic (and laying it on really thick!).

  • ForeverIU

    You should have ended with a “LOL” and saved us the agony of trying to take you seriously, LOL! I mean taking your comment seriously, LOL.

  • ForeverIU

    Ha ha, he will spend the afternoon chuckling.

  • Gregory Spera

    Sarcasm is such a delicate thing to pull off on the interwebs.

  • You internet well sir.

  • kaponya44

    Only goes right ?? At :58 Seconds he uses his left to go for a dunk..He might only finish 2 hand or right hand but he left hand drove the guy after freezing him with a fake right. I think he dribbles around a moment too long up top ,but to his credit once he starts to the basket he goes there fast and quite directly.JBJ seems to control his body well and I see his trips to the line adding 20 mins to IU games .Lol

    I also noticed he picks his moments on when to take direct contact and when to avoid and that physicality could be a plus on defense as well…James is deceptive on the dribble as Nuff Said mentioned,and it might not jump out at you as explosive ,but it can be as effective to have the elusiveness..

  • Not a bad comparison. Am I way off by saying that he resembles Ray Allen somewhat?

  • ForeverIU

    Yes, looks like a master at drawing the foul. An art and skill in its own right. He will frustrate many an opponent. I bet we’ll have a record number of f-words hurled at us.

  • kaponya44

    With the back court talent IU has ,whoever ultimately earns the most minutes will really have done something impressive…It’s too bad we will not get to see those practice battles.. If the turnovers are managed well this could be a really fun group to watch out there.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Well, Bradley Beal is a 2-guard with a good shot. Ray Allen is a 2-guard with a good shot. So, of course, we can say that JBJ “somewhat” resembles them. On the other hand, both of those guys are 6’5″ with significantly more length than Blackmon Jr. has, both were more athletic at 18/19 than Blackmon Jr. is and both are considered two of the better incoming “pure” shooters in the past 25 years. Those are incredibly lofty comparisons but there’s no reason to not be optimistic with this guy.

  • Dee McDonald

    Is it too lofty to say he reminds me a lot of Steph Curry…especially with his mid-range game.

  • Alford Bailey

    You are correct, sir. And when he gets to the line, as they say in southern Indiana, its orta-matic.

  • CreamandCrimson

    If someone compared him to Ray Allen then Steph Curry certainly isn’t too lofty.

  • Alford Bailey

    He can handle the ball for sure. Saw Richmond triple team him with good athletes and he dribbled out of the trap numerous times.

  • Alford Bailey

    A more athletic Curry

  • Alford Bailey

    Don’t you poke the hornets nest on here then leave.

  • Gregory Spera

    I said in a previous thread that IU fans’ expectations for this kid were through the roof and “a more athletic Stephen Curry” would qualify as such.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Exactly…I see comparisons to Bradley Beal (one of the top-10 2-guards right now), Ray Allen (only the best jump shooter of all-time) and Steph Curry (a top-20 NBA player at the moment)…I know people aren’t saying he’s that good right now but even bringing up their names with “reminds me of” is setting yourself up to be disappointed with just about anything Blackmon Jr. pulls off. Oh well, no need to tamper enthusiasm and wild optimism, I suppose.

  • Alford Bailey

    I’ve watched IHSAA basketball for 35 years and not seen a better offensive player. Ray Allen comparisons are probably a stretch, Steph Curry comparisons are in the ball park IMO.

  • Gregory Spera

    He doesn’t have to live up to anyone else, he just has to be the best James Blackmon Junior HE can be! And if he does THAT, he will make us all proud. (Sarcasm or no? You decide.)

  • ForeverIU

    WOW!

  • Alford Bailey

    If he stays healthy IU fans wont be disappointed. Watched him several times and he just has that extra something out on the court thats hard to explain but you know it when you see it.

  • Alford Bailey

    Disagree?

  • ForeverIU

    No, not at all! It’s good to get the perspective of someone who’s been watching him play, and has watched games for 35 years. No sarcasm here. What would be a more Internet-sincere word than WOW?

  • Gregory Spera

    Sincerity is such a delicate thing to pull off on the interwebs.

  • ForeverIU

    No kidding, lol. No, seriously, “no kidding”!!!

  • ForeverIU

    Milla has turned this thread into a sort of Tower of Babel, then disappeared.

  • Alford Bailey

    The last 15 or so years of IU basketball have definitely caused me to be a glass half full guy. I do not get excited about recruits easily(or at all anymore). JBJ is the exception. This kid has ¨it¨. Cant wait.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I saw him multiple times throughout his high school career and I’m not disagreeing with you at all. I just think comparisons to all-time greats are a bit ridiculous to put on any incoming freshman. Like I said though, there’s no reason not be optimistic.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Most of us have been turned into “glass half empty” guys by the last 15 years of IU basketball (I think that’s what you intended to say but if you are still glass half full…kudos!).

  • hoosiers20

    if you look at measurements from their senior years of highschool they are almost identical.
    JB 6`3.5 w/shoes 6`8.5 wingspan
    BB 6`4 w/shoes 6`7 wingspan
    I also think people are sleeping on his athleticism. He’s only two years removed from an ACL

  • CreamandCrimson

    Fair points…I didn’t know Beal was only 6’4″ heading into college. I’m not sleeping on his athleticism at all. I’ve seen him play a ton and he doesn’t have as much bounce as Bradley Beal (in my opinion). There’s nothing wrong with that and he’s going to be a tremendous player at IU.

  • iampaddle jones

    I can appreciate that you’re trying to be funny; however, like “Gregory Spera” said, sarcasm is hard to pull off on the Internet. It’s easier to pull off in person as there are visual and auditory aids to help.
    What I’m worried about is that the recruits will not realize its sarcasm. I didn’t pick up this was sarcasm, and now three of the four people who responded failed to realize this was a joke.
    I’d respectfully ask you to balance the comedic value against the potential harm before you have future sarcastic posts. I realize you meant no harm, but perhaps you could reconsider whether this is a good idea or not.
    Again, I realize you were trying to be levity, so I appreciate that impulse. Have a good day!

  • ForeverIU

    Are you trying to be funny?

  • HoosierGrampy

    Both the “Half full” and “Half empty” groups might benefit from getting smaller glasses; that way the glass will always be full. JBJ reminds me of Jay Edwards…generally under control, gets into position to shoot easily, good release, can shoot floaters, and does not look like he’s doing much until you glance at the stats & find out BAM…dropped 30 on you.

  • MillaRed

    This is 5 times more entertaining than my post.