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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