Indiana Hoosiers sophomore guard James Blackmon Jr. recently underwent surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee and will be out until September. Pete Thamel of SI.com reported the development.
Blackmon’s recovery time is currently projected at six-to-eight weeks and head coach Tom Crean insisted to reporters that there was no ligament damage.
“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 said. “He had a great spring and was in the midst of having an even better summer.”
The Hoosiers can thus look forward to having back one of the team’s best players from last season, in which Indiana went 20-14 (9-9 Big Ten) before losing to Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament. For the 2014-15 campaign, Blackmon was second on the team in scoring with 15.7 points per game and shot 39 percent from long range. Assuming his recovery goes smoothly, there is nothing to suggest that he won’t be able to pick up right where he left off and continue to bring Hoosiers basketball forward after two subpar seasons.
Campus Sports will update Blackmon’s recovery as more information becomes available.
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