Blackmon, Jones earn Big Ten’s weekly honors

The Big Ten on Monday recognized a pair of Hoosiers for their outstanding performances in Friday’s season-opening win over Kansas.

The conference named Indiana junior guard James Blackmon Jr. as its co-Player of the Week, while recognizing Curtis Jones as the co-Freshman of the week.

Blackmon scored 22 of his team-high 26 points after halftime, while grabbing six rebounds and dishing a pair of assists. He shot 8-for-17 from the field and hit four of his eight 3-point attempts. Blackmon was just as strong at the line, where he made six of his seven free throws.

Jones scored 15 points and sank a trio of clutch 3-pointers on Friday night. Seven of his points came in overtime to help IU put a resume-building win in the bag.

For Blackmon, this is his first Big Ten weekly honor. Yogi Ferrell last earned the award on Feb. 29. Jones is the first IU freshman to earn his award since Thomas Bryant on Jan. 11.

Blackmon shares his award with Illinois’ Malcolm Hill. Jones shares his with former Huntington Prep teammate Miles Bridges of Michigan State.