James Blackmon Jr. cleared to practice

James Blackmon Jr.’s recovery is on schedule.

The Indiana junior guard has been cleared to practice after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee in January.

IU coach Tom Crean told The Herald-Times that Blackmon is a full participant in the team’s current conditioning and strength training regimines. That puts Blackmon on course to be ready for preseason practice next month, and ultimately IU’s season opener against Kansas on Nov. 11 at Pearl Harbor.

“He is cleared and we mix his workouts up with small group work that isolates his skills and improvement,” Crean said. “He’s played one-on-one and some four-on-four.”

Blackmon originally suffered the injury in practice prior to Indiana’s Big Ten opener at Rutgers on Dec. 30. He underwent successful surgery a week later and was ruled out for the remainder of the season.

At the time of his injury, Blackmon was IU’s second-leading scorer at 15.8 points per game. Also at that point in early January, he was third among Big Ten players with 2.8 made 3-pointers per game and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (46.3).

For Blackmon, it was his third knee injury in the last few years. He also tore the ACL in his left knee as a high school sophomore and required a procedure to repair the meniscus in his left knee last July.

“We are very process centered with his work,” Crean said. “There is no rush to get him playing five-on-five every day. He is working hard.”