The Kentucky Wildcats entered the week as heavy favorites to land James Blackmon Jr., a 6-3 shooting guard from Marion, Indiana and the son of former UK great James Blackmon, but the home state Hoosiers came away victors in this case.
Blackmon is a five-star prospect and the No. 23 overall player in the nation, according to Rivals.com. His announcement came live on ESPNU at halftime of the Louisiana-Monroe vs. Troy football game as he picked between Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan state and the Indiana Hoosiers.
Earlier today, the Cats secured a commitment from Devin Booker, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of Moss Point, Mississippi. He and Blackmon both had the Wildcats, Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans among their finalists, but it was the Hoosiers who came away with Blackmon’s commitment.
Blackmon Jr. was committed to Indiana for nearly three years and the Hoosier staff continued to recruit him after he decided to look at other options. He has a very good relationship with the coaching staff and has continued to speak highly of IU even after his decision to reopen the process.