Indiana sophomore James Blackmon Jr. will be out until September after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee last week, according to a report by Sports Illustrated. IU coach Tom Crean confirmed the news in the SI report.
Blackmon Jr. suffered no ligament damage, according to Crean, and will be out until mid-September at the latest, allowing him to be back in plenty of time for the beginning of practice in October.
“It was a tough setback for James and all of us, but in the scheme of things relatively minor in the way that it has all been handled,” Crean told SI. “He had a great spring and was in the midst of having an even better summer.
“His strength has gone up significantly since the season ended. When he’s not getting on the court, he’s making up for it (with upper body work) in the weight room.”
Blackmon averaged 15.7 points per game for the Hoosiers last season.