Son of former Cat draws offer from UK

Kentucky has issued a scholarship offer to the son of former Wildcat guard James Blackmon. Read more about the latest details in this KyScout update.

Kentucky has issued a scholarship offer to the son of former Wildcat guard James Blackmon.

James Blackmon Jr., whose father played for Joe B. Hall and Eddie Sutton at UK from 1984-87, had been a verbal commitment to Indiana for almost three years, but announced earlier this week that he was re-opening his recruitment.

"We just had nothing to compare Indiana to," Blackmon's father told Scout on Thursday, "and after talking things over as a family, we decided we needed something to compare Indiana to, so we reopened the recruitment."

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound shooting guard is coming off a strong summer performance in which he showed why he's considered one of the nation's top outside shooters in the Class of 2014.

Blackmon has been receiving interest from programs like UK, Michigan, Michigan State and UCLA. That list is expected to grow as word of his re-opened commitment continues to make the rounds.

"James Blackmon is maybe the premier shooter in the class of 2014," said Scout national basketball analyst Brian Snow. "He is someone who when he is on, can absolutely dominate games with his ability to shoot the basketball.

"Right now a ton of schools are getting into the mix with Blackmon, but he has always been a kid who I felt would stay close to home. Because of that, I would think UK will have a great shot in this recruitment."

Jeff Drummond has covered University of Kentucky sports for daily newspapers, magazines and online publications since 1988 and for FOX Sports since 2012. A Richmond, Ky., native, he currently resides in Lexington.
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