Hoosiers continue to wait on Blackmon #iubb

LINCOLN, Neb. — James Blackmon Jr. accompanied the team to Nebraska, but didn’t dress or play for the second consecutive game after suffering a right knee injury in practice on Monday.

Details about the injury are scarce as the sophomore guard continues to receive evaluation from doctors, and IU coach Tom Crean declined to address specifics about the nature of the issue as he awaits a more firm understanding about the severity and a timetable for a return.

“We’re truly still in an evaluation stage with him right now,” Crean said.

Blackmon stood on the court during pregame warmups wearing an Indiana sweatsuit while his teammates stretched and went through layup lines. Under his right pant leg, it appeared Blackmon was either wearing a bulky brace or had his knee taped with ice. He was seen walking normally and casually played with a ball on the sideline.

Crean said earlier this week that Blackmon suffered the injury when he hit the floor wrong during a drill.

“We’re keeping him in a situation where we allow the doctors to do what they need to do and see where it completely stands,” Crean said. “I’m not being evasive when I say that he’s still being evaluated. I mean, he truly is. We’ll go through that over the next couple of days. His attitude is great. His spirit is great. He’s not practicing, but we just want to definitely see what we’re dealing with here. He’s been fantastic about it.”