Blackmon named co-MVP after win over Kentucky

Indiana signee James Blackmon Jr. shared co-MVP honors with Xavier signee Trevon Bluiett. The Indiana All-Stars swept Kentucky for their 13th straight win in the series.

Indiana signee James Blackmon Jr. concluded his outstanding offseason on the all-star circuit with another great performance Saturday night against the Kentucky All-Stars.

Blackmon finished with 23 points in the Indiana All-Stars easy 111-99 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Blackmon scored 64 points in the two-game series over the weekend, the third-highest total ever in the series. Blackmon Jr. earned co-MVP honors for the event, sharing the honor with Xavier signee and former Park Tudor standout Trevn Bluiett.

George McGinnis (76, 1969) and Oscar Robertson (75, 1956) are the only players in series history with a higher two-game total than Blackmon Jr. and Quentin Snider, who scored 64 points this year for Kentucky.

"James is probably the top scorer in the country, so when he has it going and I have it going, I don't think anybody can stop us, or it would be hard to," Bluiett said. "It's been great to play alongside him for six or seven years, and I wish him nothing but the best."

Blackmon Jr. was 9-of-19 from the field, 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, and added eight assists in four rebounds. Blackmon was 22-of-45 from the field in the two games combined, including 9-of-17 from beyond the arc.

The Indiana All-Stars have now beaten Kentucky 13 consecutive times in the series.

Blackmon Jr. is expected to arrive on campus to begin working out with other Indiana players on Tuesday. Freshmen Jeremiah April and Tim Priller are already on campus, and Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel are expected to arrive with Blackmon Jr. this week. Top Stories