Indiana Basketball: Grading James Blackmon's 2014 McDonald's All-American Game

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Indiana Basketball: Grading James Blackmon's 2014 McDonald's All-American Game
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If you are searching for the best shooters in the recruiting class of 2014, you do not need to look any further than Indiana-bound James Blackmon Jr.

The 6'2" sniper from Marion, Ind., has a spectacular touch from well beyond the arc. When he gets to Bloomington, Blackmon will be a huge asset on the Hoosiers' team from day one.

Before getting to the McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday night in Chicago, Blackmon was taking care of business at the 2014 JamFest on Monday night. He won the three-point competition, beating future Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis.

How did he do when the bright lights were on at the United Center? Let's see what he did and how he graded out.

 

Dynamic Off the Bench

Just because a player is not in the starting five in the McDonald's All-American game does not mean that he can not hoop.

Even though Blackmon came off the bench and only played 17 minutes, he made the most of the time he was on the court.

He was the East squad's second-leading scorer with 13 points. He was playing down the stretch. In fact, Blackmon's bucket with a little over a minute to go in the game brought the East to within one point, 101-100.

 

Sneaky Rebounder

No one expects 6'2" guards to do much work in a game like this on either the offensive or defensive glass.

Too much length and leaping ability on the floor make it hard for a player like Blackmon to pull down many rebounds.

But he showed that he is not afraid to go in and battle. Blackmon snatched two offensive rebounds, which was more than any other backcourt player on the East squad.

 

Sweet Shooter

ESPN analyst Jay Williams knows more than a little about being a sharpshooting guard. During the broadcast, the former Duke standout said, "Every time James Blackmon shoots the ball, you think it is going in."

Blackmon had a solid shooting night on Wednesday. He went 5-of-11 from the field, and he hit both of his free-throw attempts.

AllHoosiers.com's Justin Albers looked into Blackmon's future when he tweeted:

Blackmon demonstrated that he can fill it up even against the elite competition at this game.

 

Grade for the Game

Exceptional players come into the McDonald's All-American Game with a huge amount of hype surrounding their abilities. Some live up to their status. Others do not. 

Blackmon is known as an excellent shooter. And he lived up to his reputation.

IU fans are going to love him and his ability to knock down shots from all over.

 

Grade: B+

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