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NCAA: G James Blackmon, Jr. Signs with Indiana Hoosiers

Nov 14 2013, 10:26pm CST | by

James Blackmon, Jr., a highly-recruited shooting guard prospect, officially signed with the Indiana Hoosiers on Thursday.

James Blackmon, Jr. is going to be an Indiana Hoosier.  Alex Bozich of InsideTheHall.com reported on Nov. 14 that Blackmon signed his National Letter of Intent at Marion High School. He had...

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NCAA: G James Blackmon, Jr. Signs with Indiana Hoosiers

Nov 14 2013, 10:26pm CST | by

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James Blackmon, Jr., a highly-recruited shooting guard prospect, officially signed with the Indiana Hoosiers on Thursday.

James Blackmon, Jr. is going to be an Indiana Hoosier. 

Alex Bozich of InsideTheHall.com reported on Nov. 14 that Blackmon signed his National Letter of Intent at Marion High School. He had committed to the Indiana program verbally on Oct. 31 and will now officially suit up for the team in 2014

Bozich notes Blackmon is the fourth-highest rated recruit during Tom Crean's tenure as Hoosiers head coach, ranking behind Cody Zeller, Noah Vonleh and Yogi Ferrell. 

The highly-coveted guard first committed to Indiana as a high school freshman at Bishop Luers High in Fort Wayne, Ind. In August of this year, he unexpectedly decommitted from the Hoosiers. 

Blackmon then proceeded to visit other universities, one of which was Kentucky, his father's alma mater and one of Indiana's fiercest rivals. He eventually whittled his choices to five schools before choosing  Indiana, a decision which was broadcast on ESPNU, per the Indianapolis Star.  

With this, he told the Associated Press after he signed his National Letter of Intent he is confident the Hoosiers will be one of the teams to beat in 2014 with him in the fold. 

"I think they're a great team right now. The pieces that will be there next year next year and then adding me and the other recruits will help them get back and be one of the top teams in the country." 

For his part, Crean spoke about Blackmon's decommimtment and his potential to thrive in his system.

"Even after the decommitment, I got it. You know, I got it at the time, why he decommitted. He had never been anywhere else. He had never seen another school.

"I think he's just scratching the surface athletically. I think he's just scratching the surface as a player. In my mind, we got the absolute best player in the state of Indiana, and there was no debate for us for a long, long time that he was that guy." 

It was a great day all around for Indiana, which also signed 6'3" shooting guard Robert Johnson of Chesterfield, Va. 

With both Blackmon and Johnson on board for 2014, Crean feels some holes were plugged and that both players -- who are good outside shooters -- can play well together.

"We addressed our needs with a capital 'N.' We're ecstatic with this class. They're winners. We hit on getting people from excellent families that are well-coached.

"They can play without the ball. When you're skilled, they can play together. One of our benchmarks is versatility. We felt the two of them could play together and could be phenomenal."  

The Hoosiers also signed 6'7" forward Max Hoetzel from Calabasas, Calif. 


 

 

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