Jackson and Blackmon impress in match up

An excellent guard battle took place between James Blackmon and Demetrius Jackson on Saturday.

Two of the best young guards in the state of Indiana locked up on Saturday evening as Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers High School and Indiana commitment James Blackmon took on Mishawaka Marian and their star guard Demetrius Jackson.

There has been a subject of a lot of debate in Indiana about which 2013 prospect deserves to be seen as the best, and Jackson stated his case today. Likewise there is a lot of discussion about just how good 2014 Indiana commitment James Blackmon is, and he also did excellent things as the duo saw their teams get together.

"Especially for the first game it is a great test," said Blackmon about his thoughts coming into the game. "(Jackson) is a great player, but I am just happy we got the W, and it was just a good win."

Bishop Luers pulled off that win by a score of 82-67, and Blackmon led the way with 29 points on a very efficient 10-18 shooting. As usual Blackmon was on fire from deep hitting shots from distance with his incredibly smooth release.

"Yeah I felt I was in a zone some, but so were my teammates," said Blackmon who was 4-5 from distance. "That just reflected to me, and I just shot the shots that I practiced and they went in."

For his part Jackson also made a huge impact on the game. While his 19 points on 6-17 shooting won't blow anybody away, it was his complete floor game that made a difference as he racked up six assists, that number could have been far greater, and five rebounds.

Even though his athleticism, toughness, and defense impressed all the onlookers at Luers High School, Jackson wasn't happy with his play.

"Honestly I was not very impressed with my performance," said Jackson. "Honestly I haven't been happy with my play all year. I don't know what it is, but the only thing I can do is go back to the gym and put in the work."

Jackson made things very tough on Blackmon in the second half after he had a very impressive first half against the Marian zone. The Mishawaka native was very impressed with what he saw out of the future Hoosier.

"(Blackmon) is a great player," said Jackson. "We just wanted to come out and play hard and win. James is a great player and obviously he shot the ball very well, but as a team we didn't play to the best of our ability tonight and execute or have the energy we needed, but they are a great team."

While Blackmon has already made his decision to be a Hoosier, Jackson is still sorting through offers from Notre Dame, Michigan State, Butler, and Xavier. So there is a chance that fans will get to see this battle take place again in the future, but at least for right now both proved that they can definitely play.


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