Blackmon Jr. to undergo surgery on right knee

Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr. will undergo surgery on his right knee Tuesday afternoon. The sophomore had missed Indiana's first two Big Ten games.

Indiana announced Tuesday afternoon that sophomore guard James Blackmon Jr. will have surgery on his right knee. No timetable for his return was specified, but the program said in a statement "a final determination his status could come as early as later today."

"After thorough testing and evaluation, it has been determined that the best solution for James Blackmon Jr., and his immediate and long-term health, is to undergo surgery on his right knee this afternoon that he injured last week in practice," the program said in the same statement. 

Blackmon injured his knee in practice last Monday and was forced to sit out Indiana's first two Big Ten games. It marks the second knee injury he's had in his Indiana basketball career, as he underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee last July. He also torn his ACL in his left knee in high school. 

"This is a very tough outcome for our Indiana team, but most importantly for James," Indiana head coach Tom Crean said in the statement. "He is establishing himself as one of the most elite guards in the country this season. I feel terrible for him and he has a tough road ahead of him but it is one he has been down before and we fully believe that this process will lead him to have an incredible future in the game at Indiana and well beyond. We look forward to helping him with his full recovery and I know he appreicates everyones thoughts, prayers and concerns."

Prior to the injury, Blackmon was Indiana's second-leading scorer at 15.8 points per game. He was also third in the Big Ten in 3-pointers made per game at 2.8, seventh in 3-point field goal percentage at 46.3. According the release, in Blackmon's two season as a Hoosier, IU is 21-0 anytime he shoots at least 47 percent from the field. 

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