Covering High School Sports in America
When James Blackmon Jr. is hot, coaches are learning to just let him shoot.

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James Blackmon Jr.

On Friday the 6-2 rising senior poured in 21 of his 27 points in the second half and overtime to lead the Indiana Junior All-Stars to a wild 108-102 basketball victory over their Kentucky counterparts in Greenfield, Ind.
The format was to rotate groups of five, but coach Brent Chitty allowed Blackmon to stay in the game when his points were badly needed.

He told the members of the media, "He did the same thing in practice on Thursday. He started out kind of slow and then it was like, 'OK, here we go.' You guys saw it."

A blue-chip guard, Blackmon will be playing at Marion, Ind., this year after his father, James Blackmon Sr., took the job as head coach at his alma mater. One year later he will be the center piece in an outstanding Indiana University recruiting class.

Another blue chipper, Trevon Bluiett, added 17 points for the Hoosiers. Justin Johnson, a 6-7 forward from Perry County Central (Hazard, Ky.), paced Kentucky with 20 points.

Indiana also won the girls match-up 79-67 as 5-5 University of Iowa recruit Whitney Jennings of Logansport scored scored 23 points.