After thorough testing and evaluation, it has been determined that the best solution for James Blackmon Jr., and his immediate and long-term health, is to undergo surgery on his right knee this afternoon that he injured last week in practice.
He is second on the Hoosiers in scoring (15.8), which also ranks 10th in the Big Ten. He is third in the league in 3-point field goals made per game (2.8) and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (46.3).
In his two seasons with the Hoosiers, IU is 21-0 anytime he shoots 47.0 percent or higher from the field. A final determination of his status could be known as early as later today.
“This is a very tough outcome for our Indiana team, but most importantly for James,” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “He is establishing himself as one of the most elite guards in the country this season. I feel terrible for him and he has a tough road ahead of him but it is one he has been down before and we fully believe that this process will lead him to have an incredible future in the game at Indiana and well beyond. We look forward to helping him with his full recovery and I know he appreciates everyones thoughts, prayers and concerns.”
He had surgery this past summer on his left knee that kept him out of some summer workouts and had fully recovered.