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IU's Blackmon Jr. out for rest of season

Posted at 4:42 PM, Jan 05, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Freshman James Blackmon, Jr., the second-leading scorer on the 12-3 Indiana University's men's basketball team, will undergo surgery on his right knee after he was injured last week in practice.

Blackmon, Jr. is not expected to play the rest of the season. 

Blackmon, Jr. averaged 15.8 points per game, and ranked in the top 10 of the Big Ten for scoring, 3-point field goals made and 3-point field goal percentage. 

IU says they are 21-0 anytime Blackmon, Jr. shoots 47 percent or higher from the field.

"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."

Blackmon, Jr. had surgery this past summer on his left knee that kept him out of some summer workouts and had fully recovered.


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