Blackmon talks visits

Four-star James Blackmon has been busy with unofficial visits, and now he is planning some officials.

Four-star guard James Blackmon had an extremely impressive July. Now at Marion (Ind) High School where his dad starred, Blackmon looks on the verge of a massive senior season. Before that happens however, Blackmon will have to make a college choice and he is cramming in a lot of visits in a short time to find out which school is right for him.

"I think the summer went real well," Blackmon explained. "I think I proved a lot. I started to show everything that I can do, and that I am as good as any player in the country."

Shortly after returning him from the busy July AAU circuit, Blackmon decide to de-commit from Indiana, the school he committed to before entering high school, and since then everything has been a whirlwind.

"It has been real crazy and hectic, but I have been enjoying everything and just taking it all in," said Blackmon. "I am just visiting all the schools I can and seeing what will be the best fit for me."

In the past two weeks Blackmon has unofficially visited Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, and Indiana. All of those trips helped him to gain information.

Blackmon's dad, James Sr., played at UK during his college years, and the trip there gave the younger Blackmon a chance to see the school.

"It was nice to go there and see the campus," said Blackmon. "Just the way Coach (John) Calipari has been putting guys in the league, that is everybody's dream. I know I would be on the big stage if I went there, but that it wouldn't be easy. Still that is a challenge I know I would be willing to take on."

Also Blackmon took out the time to see what the Louisville Cardinals had to offer.

"That is really big to have the national champions recruiting you," said Blackmon. "I like how Rick Pitino works with the guys, and it shows that the coach will be around you every day. That is a big thing in my decision."

Michigan State is not located too far from his hometown of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and Blackmon liked what he saw from the Spartans.

"I liked Michigan State," said Blackmon. "I got along with the guys real well, and it seemed like a big family. Coach (Tom) Izzo was nice and he told me that I would be able to come in and play right off since he thinks Gary Harris might leave for the NBA. Also he said he would have me play some point guard which is nice."

Also Michigan seemed to make an impression on Blackmon with their style of play.

"Coach (John) Beilein seemed like a calm and nice coach," explained Blackmon. "Also he lets his guys go, and that is my playing style. They shoot a lot of threes, and obviously that is what I do well. His guards are just allowed to play with a lot of freedom."

The trip to Indiana was a short one, but Blackmon covered what he needed to. He is very familiar with the school, but just wanted to get a chance to see where things stood after deciding to de-commit.

"I was just seeing where it was at with them," said Blackmon of IU. "I still could see myself playing there and I wanted to check it out. I hung out with the guys and I felt like they could be my future teammates. Also Coach (Tom) Crean seems like a coach who would push me."

When it comes to making official visits, Blackmon knows three of them for sure, but a pair of out of the region schools could crash the party and earn the other two.

"I have set up Kentucky, and I think I am setting up Michigan and Indiana for sure," said Blackmon. "I haven't made the other two though because I think North Carolina and Kansas might be coming to my school to watch me when we have conditioning and open gym."

Things are still in the beginning stages for Blackmon with Kansas and North Carolina, but he does say it is an honor to hear from those schools.

"It would mean a lot to have those schools offer," said Blackmon. "I will try to bring my ‘A game' when they come for sure. Those are two prestigious programs, and just to know they are both recruiting me is a great feeling."

For now Blackmon says no firm timetable is in place for a decision.

"We haven't really decided anything yet, but if I have a good idea of where I want to go and I don't have to take all the visits I won't," explained Blackmon. "I think I will have a better idea in the next couple of weeks when I want to make a decision."

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