Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr. out with knee injury

  • 12/30/2015 12:15 pm in

Indiana sophomore guard James Blackmon Jr. will not play in the team’s Big Ten opener today at Rutgers after suffering a knee injury in practice on Monday.

The Marion product underwent offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, the same knee in which he suffered a torn ACL in high school. This injury is in Blackmon Jr.’s right knee, according to Zach Osterman.

Blackmon Jr. is the second leading scorer for the Hoosiers at 15.8 points per game.

“He’s going to be out today,” Tom Crean said on his pregame radio interview with Don Fischer. “It’s being evaluated still. We’re in the early stages of seeing where that’s at.”

Here’s the release from IU:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sophomore guard James Blackmon, Jr., (15.8 ppg) will not play today against Rutgers.

He suffered a knee injury in practice and further evaluation is underway to determine the extent of the injury.

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  • inLinE6

    Despite on another leg, JBJ’s knees remain an issue for his future development. Part of his defense (or lack of) was probably effort, but I wonder how much his knees were being a factor. He struggles to contain any perimeter player, and every time someone blows pass by JBJ, I think about his knees.

  • David Macer

    Next man up !!

  • Zach

    Despite myself and others being happy when Backmon’s been on the bench during crunch time the last few games, his scoring punch and hopefully more consistent defensive effort will be critical to our success. We’re extremely thin in the backcourt without him so hopefully this is a bump in the road and he can be back soon.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Many have written that they felt IU would be better off with Blackmon on the bench. Although today’s game won’t be a real good indicator of that due to the opponent, I’m guessing he’s going to be out for longer than just one game. I hope he comes back soon but it appears we are about to find out whether or not the defense can improve without Blackmon on the floor.

  • justlikenebraskafootball

    Despite all of the flack he gets on this site, tough break and a bad sign for Blackman. At least his second knee injury in college, on top of the HS injury. I hope he is going to class.

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  • Hoosier Hall

    He has always shown explosive quickness when moving forward but his lateral speed is a problem. When a running back has knee injuries like this they might not lose any overall speed but they almost always lose the “shiftiness” or at least some of it. That could be a major issue for JBJ.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Absolutely. His shooting touch can change the momentum of games. I remember the SMU game last year when he caught fire…

  • Koko

    And Taylor?

  • Young Hoosier

    Well so far we look like crap on offense and defense.

  • TomJameson

    That loss of lateral movement would be HUGE for defensive play. That could very well be a part of his problem this whole time.

  • Young Hoosier

    If you play well then Crean takes you out… if you play like crap and your name is Yogi or Troy.. you stay in. Both need benched. Absolute embarrassment. Ready for them to leave.

  • Young Hoosier

    Hartman, Burton, OG, Morgan and Max. Only players worth having on the floor.

  • SeeingRed

    Lol. So you wanna lose every Big Ten game. This cut-off-nose-despite-face mentality is a tad extreme.

  • Young Hoosier

    Anything would have been better than having Troy and RJ on the floor. Neither should have played a second in the 2nd half.

  • justlikenebraskafootball

    and that sound, my friends, was the thud that signals the end of IU for this season. I saw IU lose to Nwestern at home in Crean’s first year…. this was worse than that. Rutgers is a horrible, horrible team…. and IU is not a lot better because they are not coached well.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    At Disney and just watched the IU win over Rutgers. Magical day and Happy New Years ITH. Actually the Magical part was stupid. Take care all.

  • SeeingRed

    The worst of them is better for winning than the best of your suggestion. This isn’t the JV prep team that nobody cares about that needs a point made. Crean is coaching for his job — he can’t sacrifice any wins to send a message.

  • Young Hoosier

    Anytime Troy and RJ were in they were turning it over. They were hurting Crean’s job. Not making it better. 8t isn’t about making a point. It is about being a coach and print the team in the best position to win.

  • SeeingRed

    You can’t win in the Big Ten with average talent and inexperienced newcomers. That’s what your top 5 are. Even Crean knows that. It’s not just about the downside that good players bring when they’re making mistakes — it’s about upside. Generally, both of those guys have delivered some very nice upside.

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    Go read about the “hot hand fallacy” (and think about its inverse). You are ignorant about basketball. There are many posters who are ignorant about basketball, but at least they know it. You seem very comfortable in your ignorance.

  • Young Hoosier

    It doesn’t matter if it is a fallacy. If a player keeps playing bad then keep him out. If they’re playing good then stay with him. Crean goes too much by numbers instead of feel. And it does nothing but hurt the team and the players. When you have a player make a couple plays abs then goes out. And then the player going in for him makes dumb Playa and stays in… as a player it puts you down. Crean doesn’t understand that. He just understands a certain number of minutes he wants players to play and sticks to it.

  • Stew

    Thank God for the Michigan player otherwise IU loses on the road at piss poor Rutgers. I’m so disappointed in Yogi I don’t know where to start. He is just terrible on defense to the point it now appears to be just laziness. I think he’s blowing the slight chance he had to play in the NBA. He can’t handle a freshman and he’s going to be drafted to defend Curry, Westbrook, Lowery? Not in this lifetime…