James Blackmon Jr
Marion High School – Marion, Indiana
RANKING – Scout: 57 Rivals: 33 ESPN: 25
As you heard, I’m sure, James Blackmon Jr is the son of former UK basketball player, James Blackmon and he has recently de-committed from Indiana(who wouldn’t?). James is a top 50 recruit in the 2014 class that is now considering Kentucky.
Ben Roberts tweeted out when he asked James Blackmon Sr. if he thought Kentucky would get involved:
James Blackmon Sr. played at UK. Does he think Cats will get involved w/ James Jr.? “I don’t know. We’ll see who contacts us.”
— Ben Roberts (@NextCats) August 8, 2013
If true you can bet that Kentucky will be the leader. I would be surprise if he doesn’t eventually end up at Kentucky. If he does, we are getting someone who the 2009 team lacked, a true shooter. But James Blackmon Jr tweeted this out about de-committing from Indiana:
I never said I wouldn’t end up at IU. I still love Indiana
— James Blackmon Jr. (@JBlackmon2) August 8, 2013
Regardless, the chances that someone recommits to the school that they had just de-committed from are very low.
Here’s what ESPN had to say about him:
Strengths: James is a smooth as silk shooting guard. He has a sweet stroke with range to 22 feet. A combination guard that has improved as a point guard. Blackmon is under control and makes good decisions. He has added strength and can make shots and break the defenses back and break the game open very quickly when he gets hot. He is a very confident shooter that comes off screen, receives kick outs, mid range pull ups and ball reversals.
Weaknesses: James is just an average basketball athlete. He also needs to improve defensively, he’s not bad, but there is definite room for improvement.
Bottom Line: Blackmon is an excellent prospect with great upside. He’s a Top 50 kid in his class and a terrific early get…
James Blackmon Sr. came into Kentucky in the 1980’s as a McDonald’s All-American, and played four years at Kentucky scoring 866 points.