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James Blackmon, Jr. Recommits to the Indiana Hoosiers with the Kentucky Wildcats Finishing a Close Second

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The highly regarded shooting guard from Marion (IN) High recommitted to the Hoosiers


In a down to the wire decision, shooting guard James Blackmon, Jr. committed to the Indiana Hoosiers. He announced his decision on ESPNU, broadcast at halftime of the Louisiana-Monroe vs. Troy game. Blackmon chose Indiana over the Kentucky Wildcats and Michigan Wolverines.

Blackmon had committed to Indiana eons ago, back in 2010. He decommitted from the Hoosiers in August, and subsequently received an offer from Kentucky. Blackmon's father, James Blackmon, Sr., played for Kentucky in the mid-80's, leading to speculation that Blackmon would eventually pick the Wildcats.

However, recruitniks started reversing course this morning. 247 Sports' Crystal Ball Prediction was 100% Kentucky yesterday. This morning, respected writer and scout N.D. Kendrick switched his choice to Indiana, and a bunch of recruitniks followed suit.

In the end, it appears Kendrick was correct. Blackmon decided to stick with his original pledge and recommit to the Hoosiers. He also listed the Kansas Jayhawks and Michigan St. Spartans amongst his finalists.

Luckily for Kentucky, today still turned out to be a good recruiting day. Earlier this afternoon, the Wildcats landed shooting guard Devin Booker to complement a class that already includes big man Karl Towns and point guard Tyler Ulis.