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Who is James Blackmon Jr.


Chances are you’re familiar enough with James Blackmon Sr., who played for Kentucky from 1983-1987 back when college basketball players still used their four years of eligibility. News broke yesterday that Kentucky has offered a scholarship to his son, former Indiana commitment, James Blackmon Jr.  Here are a few things you should know about Junior.

1. A commitment from him would take Tom Crean’s butt-hurting over Kentucky to another level: And who among us doesn’t want that? If the Cats could secure a commitment from Blackmon AND fellow Indianan, Trey Lyles (also a former Hoosier commit), expect a Mike Davis-esque breakdown from the Schrute-head. It could be a meltdown of epic proportion.


2. A commitment from Blackmon could help secure a commitment from Trey Lyles: Lyles, a five star prospect considered by many to be amongst the countries top five players, will most likely decide between Louisville and Kentucky.  If Blackmon, good friend and AAU teammate of Trey Lyles follows in his father’s footsteps, Lyles recruitment may reach a tipping point in favor of Kentucky–and then we may get to see Rick Pitino get all bent out of shape too.

3. Outside of all of the sticking it to our enemies that a commitment from Blackmon can provide, Kentucky would also be receiving a damn good player. Since backing out on the Hoosiers, he has been receiving a steady stream of phone calls from the top programs in the country including UNC, Florida, UCLA, Michigan State, and so on.  Blackmon has been heralded by some analysts as the best pure-shooter in this class.  

Enjoy your Saturday night.  Hopefully you’re reading this hungover on Sunday morning instead.

Article written by Matt Wheatley

23 Comments for Who is James Blackmon Jr.

  1. Robshairgel
    9:35 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    I remember when his dad played here,damn I’m old!!

  2. gramps
    9:40 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    hey 1 your old!!! jk guy.

  3. Teachable Mo'
    9:50 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t compare him to other shooters, but he’s noticeably faster than most of the athletes Calipari recruits.

  4. Candy Stripers
    9:54 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    If they sign with UK, then the right people at the NCAA will hear about this!

  5. J in Orlando
    9:58 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Its too bad for IU fans their coac didnt want to play UK anymore…they couldve had a chance to get some revenge on their old commits

  6. J in Orlando
    9:58 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    5 coach*

  7. Brow
    10:12 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Why did Matt start a rumor that Ware for UofL was dismissed? It appears to be false. I guess he just made it up for no reason.

  8. J in Orlando
    10:17 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    7 You should actually read the twitter account…he said there was a UL story the media was trying to scoop, and someone asked him if that was the story…it was a rumor that actually started with UL fans

  9. Wes
    10:17 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    He is a guy we are willing to pay in order to get Lyles in a package deal.

  10. come on
    10:35 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    I remember James senior as a great shooter, high speed with hops and long arms that seemed under used in a control offense. Similar to the way Pitino breaks the mind of his players molding them into
    “His System ” for multiple years of college

  11. Smart-Ass
    11:19 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    So he plays for 5piece, we talkin extra crispy here or what?

  12. Oogie
    11:38 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t recall James Sr. being a great shooter. Very athletic, quick, great hops but nothing special as a shooter.

  13. Tennessee Wildcat
    12:00 am August 11, 2013 Permalink

    I remember James Blackmon, Sr. well. He was a good shooter and one of the top players in the country as a senior and was more highly touted than Steve Alford. Joe B. tried him at point guard and it seemed to mess him up. He was similar in build and style as Archie Goodwin, but was a much better shooter and more athletic than Archie. Blackmon Sr. could jump through the roof and many said he could touch the top of the back board. His son to me looks in action a little like Chris Lofton with a jumper, but has much better hops, more overall talent and would be an excellent pick up for us. By the way, if we use animal house standards, he is a legacy, and we really should take legacies especially if they’re as good as he is.

  14. Sam
    1:47 am August 11, 2013 Permalink

    James Sr. never seemed to gel at UK. Nice athletic ability, decent not great shot, but sort of played like Poythress from an “apparent” attitude standpoint. Or sort of like when Rondo was here.

    Part of it was expectations. No doubt he didn’t live up to those lofty expectations. Alford proved to be better in college.

    James Jr. has one of the quickest releases I’ve ever seen, like Wiltjer but even faster. He doesn’t need hardly any space to get his shot off. Seems like he shoots most of his shots while being guarded pretty close 23 feet from the basket. AND HE MAKES THEM!

    Wonder what is shooting percentages are. His offensive game resembles Brandon Knight’s game.

  15. Leroy Bird
    5:28 am August 11, 2013 Permalink

    I played with his daddy. We lost to LSU 3 times in 1 year.

  16. #9
    5:33 am August 11, 2013 Permalink

    Original much?

  17. Wildcat
    6:25 am August 11, 2013 Permalink

    Hey 15-Baby Magic——We never lost to LSU 3 times in 1 year during Blackmond Sr days at UK. In 1985-86, we actually beat LSU 3 times, but could not beat them a 4th. We lost in the elite 8 game. I was a jr in high school and remember Blackmon missing a half court shot at the end of the game. for me, it may have been my 2nd most upsetting loss in my lifetime (behind bleeping Laettner of course).

    I liked Blackmon Sr. Very athletic. I don’t think Hall was the right fit for him. Sutton gave him a little more freedom.

  18. Uk4life
    7:38 am August 11, 2013 Permalink

    Why didn’t UK recruit Blackmon Jr. years ago to steel him from IN?

  19. KG
    8:45 am August 11, 2013 Permalink

    Regardless of Tom Crean or Trey Lyles, I just want James Blackmon to be a Wildcat. He will be a very special player especially as an outside shooter. Make it happen James

  20. bluristhurr
    8:59 am August 11, 2013 Permalink

    Somebody should go to IU’s site on FB or wherever they go and link these two every time KSR mentions them. I’ll start with facebook somebody hit up their rivals and espn forums

  21. rainman
    9:38 am August 11, 2013 Permalink

    I predict Jr. will be a CAT!
    WHY would he go anywhere else?


  22. Cool Daddy
    10:47 am August 11, 2013 Permalink

    “Butt Hurting” …… Use better language than that Matt

  23. What a Post!
    11:33 am August 11, 2013 Permalink

    #9-What a perspective you bring to this board! Perhaps you should quit your day job and become a full-time Writer! Never has a post said so much in so few words.