Blackmon discusses finalists

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- James Blackmon, a four-star guard out of Indiana, is down to five schools. He as at least one more visit to take and is planning on making a college decision within the next five weeks.

James Blackmon, a former Indiana pledge, recently cut his list to five schools – Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan and Michigan State. Now the Marion (Ind.) High standout is trying to come up with a college decision by the initial signing period.

"I'm really just taking it in right now and taking my time," Blackmon said. "I'm trying to find the best fit for me. I've been taking a lot of looks at different schools. I have a top five right now. I think I'm going to decide in November."

Blackmon has taken both an official and an unofficial to Michigan. He's also visited Michigan State, Kentucky and Indiana unofficially. He has a return trip to Kentucky planned.

"I'm going to take an official to Kentucky on October 18th and I'm deciding if I'm going to take an official to Kansas," Blackmon said.

Blackmon discussed his top five schools at length:

Kentucky: "I like Coach [John] Calipari and how he gets guys to the next level, but he also told me that it would be one of the toughest things I would ever do because there would be a target on my back. I like challenges so that stuck out to me and playing on the biggest stage, that would be good."

Michigan: "It was real good. I love the coaching staff there. They are real down to earth. They basically told me what my role would be there. They made it real clear. That's always an option for me. I'm just going to look into it even more and decide."

Indiana: "A lot of people think that just because I decommitted that I wouldn't go back there, but actually I would if it's the best fit for me. I'm still talking to coach [Tom] Crean a lot. They are in my top five. If it's the best fit for me then I'll definitely be back there."

Kansas: "I want to visit them, but it's getting pretty late in the recruitment for me because I want to decide by November. I like Bill Self as a coach. He really just kept it real with me and told me what I would need to do and what my role would be there. I like it when coaches basically make it so you can see what you're going to be doing next year."

Michigan State: "The7 told me that they really want me to come in because Gary Harris is going to be leaving. They said they need a guy that can score and they also told me that they think I can create more off the dribble. Gary Harris has some qualities that I would like to have like his defensive abilities. I want to get mine like that. I think he's really aggressive on defense."

Blackmon was among the top performers at the USA Basketball Developmental Training Camp this weekend. A 6-foot-2 guard, Blackmon is arguably the top shooter in the 2014 class and he showed that in Colorado Springs. To go with his long-range shooter, Blackmon showed improved skill and an ability to get to the mid-range and make shots.

A four-star prospect, Blackmon is currently regarded as the No. 56 prospect in the 2014 class.

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