Blackmon undergoes knee surgery, will be out until September

Summer is over for James Blackmon Jr.

Indiana coach Tom Crean confirmed a Sports Illustrated report Tuesday that Blackmon recently underwent surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee. Crean said in a text message that he hopes to have Blackmon back on the court in early September before preseason training begins in earnest during October.

“Tough blow to the fantastic summer he was having,” Crean said.

In conditioning videos posted to the social media platform Snapchat, Blackmon had been missing for at least the last two weeks. Crean said Blackmon injured his knee when he planted wrong during defensive conditioning and training drills. Blackmon is currently at home recovering and is expected back on campus next week.

“He’s just focused on rehabbing and getting stronger,” Crean said. “Everything has been successful so far for his recovery.”

As a freshman last season, Blackmon finished eighth in the Big Ten in scoring (15.7 points per game), free throw percentage (.806) and placed sixth in 3-pointers per contest (2.3). His scoring average ranked second on the team and was sixth nationally among freshmen.

Blackmon announced this spring that he considered entering this year’s NBA Draft, but ultimately decided to return for his sophomore season. He said he wanted to get stronger, develop more reliable point guard skills and improve his ability as a defender. That work will have to wait until the fall.

“Obviously as a player you look forward to seeing the evaluations you get,” Blackmon said in April. “It was just positive and negative things for me, but the greatest thing about that was I could see what I needed to get better at, and every day you look forward to being there, but right here, I love it at Indiana, and it’s a place where I can just get better every day, and for the long run, I’ll be ready for it.”

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  1. HT Guys or any 1 on here, any pictures available of the AH renovation taking place? Sure would help fill in the slow time on the blog every couple of days.

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