James Blackmon Jr. out until September after knee surgery

  • 07/14/2015 4:39 pm in

Indiana sophomore guard is out until September after undergoing surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, according to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel.

Crean confirmed that Blackmon Jr. underwent surgery last week to repair a torn meniscus in a text message to Inside the Hall. He added that he expects Blackmon Jr. to be healthy by the start of practice in September.

“It was a tough setback for James and all of us, but in the scheme of things relatively minor in the way that it has all been handled,” Crean told SI. “He had a great spring and was in the midst of having an even better summer.”

Blackmon Jr. averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a freshman and explored his NBA options this past spring before opting to return for his sophomore season.

As a sophomore at Bishop Luers High School, Blackmon Jr. suffered a torn ACL in the same knee.

Blackmon Jr. has been missing from recent videos posted by Indiana basketball on its SnapChat and YouTube account.

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  • David Macer

    Sorry to hear this. Get well JBJ quickly !!

  • Drew

    JBJ is too talented and tough to let this setback keep him from improving in the long run. Hoping for a full recovery young fella. Can’t wait to see how improved he is this season.

  • mckillio

    Is that the same knee that he tore the ACL in in HS?

  • OhioHoosier

    For some reason, and myself included, I feel like we are often tough on James or even lay a lot of blame on him due to his defense and his offensive struggles at the end of the year as our teams success were both tied to these issues. But in reality the rest of the team had similar issues. That stat line of 15.7 and 5.3 rebounds reminded me of just how valuable he is for our team. Here is to a speedy recovery!

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  • Robert Golden

    I absolutely hate when college greats are injured. #Godspeed #Blackmon

  • Hoosier Hall

    Yes. It is stated near the bottom of the article.

  • Eric Micheli

    Did you read the article?

  • mckillio

    Yes, before it was updated with that information.

  • Eric Micheli

    Haha, sorry

  • mckillio

    No problem, nothing I haven’t done myself.

  • hoosier93

    I wouldn’t consider him a college great or near it but it does suck to see good players or any players get hurt.

  • Robert Golden

    You can’t get injured in tennis.

  • Tyler T

    Get well soon JBJ! I’m thankful this is relatively minor. Hope he can get back to full strength.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Piece of cake surgery so that’s good news! Honestly it’s a 4-6 week full recovery surgery so they’re giving him plenty of time.

  • TomJameson

    JBJ has a good work ethic as far as pushing his therapy as much as possible. Obviously has “experience” recovering from something like this, which isn’t as bad as a torn ACL.

    Good luck JBJ!! You are a valuable part of this team, but that aside, we want you to recover because you are IU family!

  • Gosh I hate to see that.. But as pointed out.. very thankful it is a relatively minor setback.. Our prayers are with you James, for a speedy recovery….

  • Bill Graham

    Not ideal at all but at least this didn’t happen in November or December.

  • Bill Graham

    By the way… If you havent seen the candy striped Hulls wedding pic its worth a google.

  • ronb

    As an old Coach I can tell you that a guard getting 5.3 rebounds per game is helping our defense because that is 5-6 time a game our team got a 2nd chance to score or 5-6 times a game where the other team could not get a 2nd chance to score. A good rebounding guard is a great thing to have.

  • Jenny Contreras

    How in the fucqk does Sports illustrated get this story first? Embarrassing.

  • OhioHoosier

    Agreed completely.

  • Senor

    You’re embarassed about it? You are literally feeling embarrassment?

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I agree that he is a valuable part of the team. 15+ points is pretty good especially considering he was a freshman. I wouldn’t consider myself too tough on James as I know he’s still young, but those 15 points don’t do the team much good if you allow your man to blow by you 7 times for an easy layup.

    I suppose for now, I’d be worried that another knee injury may affect his lateral quickness and ability to keep his man in front of him on defense. I know its a small routine surgery, however, the fact that its on the same knee from his previous ACL injury raises concerns. Is this something that would be included on an opposing team’s scouting report?

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    better that it happened now instead of march

  • Hoosier Hall

    I just shuddered at the mention of an injury in March… Please don’t let it happen basketball gods!!

  • IULore

    He really is an elite rebounder from the guard spot.

  • Jeremy

    Damn It !!

  • AssemblyBall

    Agreed. You would think all of our on the ground ITHers or Peegzers would have known about this. Probably did but were told to keep it under wraps. Gonna be real PO’d if this injury was due to these summer reindeer game workouts being conducted.

  • At the Quarries

    Will this tip the balance in favor of RJ at guard next to Yogi, especially if we are going for a 2-guard line-up?

  • TomJameson

    What are “summer reindeer game workouts”? Are you referring to the workouts the team are going through right now? The summer workouts that ALL teams go through EVERY summer?

    They may be doing something a bit different right now, but they actually seem to be more-or-less “normal” for what most other teams go through. Maybe a bit more aerobic …

  • TomJameson

    I think he is anticipated to being back almost a month before the first practices, so I doubt he’ll be too rusty at that time. You never know though. If it was me I would be practicing my 3-pt and free-throw shooting as soon as I was allowed to do so.

  • Jenny Contreras

    The fact that this was kept with such great secrecy kind of makes one wonder if somebody in the program felt like maybe something they did was directly responsible for the injury.

  • Jenny Contreras

    We aren’t going to a 2-guard lineup. When has Crean ever done that?

  • AssemblyBall

    Do we really need sand-pit tug of wars to get ready for basketball? Anybody who has worked out extensively over the years knows that all of these “new” “normal” drills are contrived by people selling them. Just pound the pavement and lift free weights. Show me proof that all of these new gadgets lead to banners.

  • At the Quarries

    It takes some imagination, I agree!

  • At the Quarries

    This is worthless conspiracy theory.

  • At the Quarries

    How is lifting free weights any closer to basketball than training in a sand pit. Just because something has been the “norm” does not make it right or optimal. If free weights “lead to banners”, then everyone would have banners. And it’s not like we’ve abandoned free weights.

  • BadBoyHulls

    They were probably trying to rehab him first before exploring the surgical route, as is done with most “minor” injuries. In a case like this he the therapy wasn’t getting the desired results so they decided to do surgery now so he had time to recover before the season starts. No need to jump to conclusions.

  • BadBoyHulls

    As stated before, he is trying to mix up to workout routines to keep the players excited about workouts. Doing the same workouts day in and day out can get monotonous. Plus did you see anything on the sand training that Blake Griffin did, I’d say it worked for him.

  • marcusgresham

    If anything, prancing through sand reduces the impact on a reindeer’s haunches and joints, thus reducing the risk of injury.

  • marcusgresham

    Given the fact that it said he had a great spring and was having a great summer, I would take that to indicate that the injury was fairly recent, meaning that there wasn’t necessarily as much “secrecy,” but rather there aren’t as many reporters around on a daily basis to find out.

  • phrobins

    @marcusgresham:disqus – that’s hilarious.

    And keep in mind, athletes get injured all the time in weight room – just as easily could have been squats, deadlift, cleans, etc. that have the potential to cause injury.

    I think if we really have a problem with lateral quickness on d, staying in front of our man, changing direction, quick feet, leg endurance late in the game, etc. etc. then what’s going on in that sand pit is exactly what we need to be doing to improve the physical side of the problem. And i definitely don’t think the “new” drills create some huge injury risk.