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.