James Blackmon Jr. (born April 25, 1995) is an American basketball player for the Delaware 87ers of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers. He is known for his shooting range and accuracy.
High school career
Blackmon played three years at Bishop Luers High School and his senior year at Marion High School. In his senior season, he averaged 33.4 points and 4.2 three-pointers (47%), and broke his father's school record by scoring 54 points in a game. He ranks #9 on Indiana's all-time scoring list. He was ranked the 20th best player in the class by ESPN and was recruited heavily by Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Kansas, and Michigan State. He originally committed to Indiana before his freshman season, but reopened his recruitment before his senior season. His final verbal commitment to Indiana was televised live on ESPNU. He scored 13 points in the McDonald's All-American Game and won the three-point contest. He also scored 23 in the Jordan Brand Classic. He finished third in Indiana Mr. Basketball voting, behind Trey Lyles and Trevon Bluiett.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|James Blackmon Jr.|
|Marion, IN||Marion HS||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||Oct 31, 2013|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN:|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 32 Rivals: 22 247Sports: 12 ESPN: 20|
During Indiana's five-game preseason Canada trip, Blackmon led the team in scoring with 18.8 points, despite focusing mainly on his defense. As a freshman, he earned the starting spot in the backcourt alongside Yogi Ferrell. He averaged 15.7 points per game, the sixth best average for any freshman in the country. He ranked second on the team in both scoring and rebounding (5.3). Blackmon was a prolific three-point shooter, breaking Eric Gordon's Indiana freshman record with 77 three-point field goals made. He earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten, a unanimous spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman team and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice.
Blackmon Jr. had a strong first two months, setting career-highs in field goal percentage (.480) and three-point field goal percentage (.463), until a right knee injury ended his season. Blackmon underwent surgery in January 2016, his second knee surgery in a span of just six months - he had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his other knee before the season. He finished his sophomore campaign averaging 15.8 points in just thirteen total games. Indiana went 15-3 in the Big Ten season in his absence, winning an outright league title in the process.
On November 14, 2016, Blackmon Jr. was named National Player of the Week by NBCSports.com and Big Ten Co-Player of the Week.. After the end of his junior year, he decided to enter the 2017 NBA Draft.
Blackmon signed as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers on June 23, 2017. After some successful performances with the team during the 2017 NBA Summer League, he signed a training camp contract with them on August 30 that same year. He was waived in the preseason on October 14, 2017.
Blackmon's father, James Blackmon Sr., was drafted into the NBA after an outstanding career at Kentucky. He now coaches at Marion. His father is of African-American descent, while his mother Sailaja is of Indian descent. Blackmon has two brothers; Vijay, who is a walk-on for the Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball basketball team, and Jalen.