Blackmon Jr. picks up new offer

2014 guard James Blackmon Jr. will have a number of coaches visiting him this week.

James Blackmon Jr. continues to be a hot commodity in the 2014 class. The Indiana decommit picked up an offer from North Carolina this week.

Blackmon Jr. now owns offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Purdue and UCLA.

A source told AllHoosiers.com on Monday that Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton was in Marion to visit Blackmon Jr. and that other coaches will visit later this week. Indiana coach Tom Crean is expected to see Blackmon Jr. either Wednesday or Thursday, and North Carolina coach Roy Williams will be in to see him on Friday.

At this point, Blackmon Jr. plans to take official visits to Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan, but will likely add two more to that list sometime in the near future.

Blackmon Jr.'s Indiana visit won't be for Hoosier Hysteria on Oct. 4, a source said. It also likely won't come before that date. He's scheduled to visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness on Oct. 18, so the ideal situation for Tom Crean and Indiana would be to get him on campus sometime after that.

Blackmon Jr. recently took unofficial trips to Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan and Michigan State. He talked to Scout.com's Brian Snow about those trips.

"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 Crean seems like a coach who would push me."

Here's what Blackmon Jr. told Snow on each of his other visits.

On Kentucky: "It was nice to go there and see the campus. 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."

On Louisville: "That is really big to have the national champions recruiting you. 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."

On Michigan State: "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."

On Michigan: "Coach [John] Beilein seemed like a calm and nice coach. 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."


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