#AskCoachB: Blackmon's upside at IU

December, 30, 2013
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I believe the ceiling for James Blackmon Jr. (Marion, Ind./Marion) is high now, and when he gets into the college game, it can be even higher. The reason for that is because he has to do so much on his high school team by scoring and playing some point guard.

His team really needs him to put up big numbers to win, and he has delivered. He scored 54 points in one game, a school record. In eight games he has 285 points, which is 35.6 points per game.

At Indiana, his numbers won't be as gaudy but he will be more efficient while mostly playing at shooting guard, but he likely will slide over to point guard at times.

When the final rankings come out, he has a chance to creep his way up into a crowded field. Blackmon currently sits at No. 19.

His ability to be an elite shot-maker puts him in a rare category, along with a solid handle and good passing vision.

In the Big Ten, he has a chance to be all-league and a candidate for Big Ten player of the year someday. That's some pretty good upside.

Paul Biancardi

Basketball Recruiting



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