James Blackmon Jr. is the latest example of what a great recruiter Indiana Hoosiers Coach Tom Crean is. Crean the coach is….well, that’s another story for another time. Tom Crean sort of is to college basketball what Ron Zook was to college football. Blackmon is the latest five star super-prospect to be landed by Crean.
As he showed the nation during McDonald’s All-American game week. Especially so in the skills competition when he won the three-point shooting contest. James Blackmon Jr. is certainly a student of the game; extremely devoted to his honing his hardwood craft.
He has a basketball court in his house, and he drove 40 minutes each way to play his high school ball at Marion; finding the best fit for his talents. Likewise, Bloomington is the best place for James Blackmon Jr to display his talents. The three-pointer is what Blackmon’s game is. Like he told me during our exclusive conversation, the three-ball is his best attribute and that was further verified this week by his winning of that competition.
And perimeter shooting is something the Hoosiers lacked this year. Their offense is general lacked flow at times, and only one ( Yogi Ferrell ) of the three guys who shot over 28% from three returns next year. Will Sheehey graduates and big man Noah Vonleh, who led the team with a 49% from distance left early for the NBA.
James Blackmon Jr choose IU over Kentucky, Michigan, Kansas and Michigan State. The 6-2, 175 two guard is ranked #19 overall nationally.
“He knows my game, and he knows where I want to be,” Blackmon said of Crean.
Blackmon Jr. could be the next in the line of Crean prospects who move on to the NBA from Bloomington.
“Guys go there and they get stronger, and that’s what I need to do.”
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