Big blow for Indiana as James Blackmon, Jr. to have knee surgery

James Blackmon, Jr. is a vital part to Indiana’s enjoyable offense. (USATSI)

The Indiana Hoosiers men’s basketball program announced Tuesday afternoon that sophomore James Blackmon, Jr. is going under the knife for knee surgery later today.

More details — like how long this will keep him away from basketball — “could be known as early as later today.”

Blackmon, who was one of the best freshmen in college basketball last season and is averaging 15.8 points this season, injured his knee during practice last week. This surgery will be Blackmon’s second in less than six months — in July, he had his left knee scoped to repair torn meniscus cartilage.

“This is a very tough outcome for our Indiana team, but most importantly for James,” IU coach Tom Crean said via written statement. “He is establishing himself as one of the most elite guards in the country this season. I feel terrible for him and he has a tough road ahead of him but it is one he has been down before and we fully believe that this process will lead him to have an incredible future in the game at Indiana and well beyond.”

Indiana has been unbeatable when Blackmon is potent from the floor. Since he arrived in 2014, the Hoosiers are 21-0 when Blackmon hits at least 47 percent of his shots.
The Hoosiers are 12-3 and have won seven straight. Tuesday night brings Wisconsin to Assembly Hall, then another home game for IU is on the docket for Sunday (Ohio State).


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