Around the Nation: 10/23

In this section we discuss the latest behind the scenes additions and alterations to the knowledge pool, based on stories from throughout the network along with social media rumblings and other internet and word of mouth tidbits.

When James Blackmon de-committed from Indiana in August, he severed a multi-year relationship that spanned his entire existence as a national basketball name. Early pledges increasingly are resulting in divorces, however, as players decide they committed too early and want to undertake a proper recruitment.

So while many assumed the Hoosiers were dead in the water, or that they'd decide to move on unilaterally, they've continued to recruit Blackmon and will bring him to campus this weekend for a visit.

Blackmon confirmed the trip via his Twitter account, and now Indiana has its chance to fend off Kentucky, Michigan and others — this time for good. Most analysts consider IU a longshot to prevail in the race, as de-commitments almost always sign elsewhere, and in the meantime the Hoosiers won a commitment from another guard: Robert Johnson. (Incidentally, I named Blackmon and Johnson as the summer's two best shooters, in that order.)

Indiana has suffered two major de-commitments from the senior class, as Trey Lyles backed off his pledge earlier and now is down to Kentucky and Louisville. The Hoosiers hold only the one pledge, from Johnson, and require more punch from their 2014 class. They remain a primary contender for big-time forward Devin Robinson, and he looms even more important to the program than Blackmon.

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