Blackmon releases statement quashing transfer rumor #iubb

James Blackmon Jr. is refuting rumors about a possible transfer from Indiana.

IU released a statement from the sophomore guard on Sunday afternoon, pouring cold water on a recent internet report that Blackmon will transfer out of the program after the season.

“There is no validity to anything being said about my future other than I will be an Indiana Hoosier,” Blackmon said in the statement. “Besides working to get healthier, I’m going to help my teammates prepare for the NCAA Tournament. I’m obviously disappointed I can’t play, but the players and coaches have helped me through my injury and I want to be a leader for them.”

The transfer rumor gained traction Saturday evening when a Twitter user representing fantasy sports website Fanduel.com tweeted that Blackmon will seek a transfer once Indiana’s season ends. The tweet attributed the development to an anonymous source.

Blackmon, a former McDonald’s All-American, has not played since late December and is not expected back this season after undergoing surgery on his right knee in early January. He accompanied the team to this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis and sat on the bench with his teammates during IU’s loss to Michigan in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Blackmon was averaging 15.8 points per game prior to his injury.