Blackmon: Michigan is "a place that I can see myself at"


Since decommitting from Indiana last month, James Blackmon Jr.‘s recruitment has had no shortage of hype. The 6-foot-3 senior has received interest from nearly every top school, including Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Florida, UCLA and Michigan, along with continued recruitment from Indiana.

Blackmon has visited Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan State and Indiana since his deccommitment, and on Saturday he was in Ann Arbor to watch Michigan football defeat Central Michigan 59-9 at the Big House. He also added a scholarship offer from Michigan while on campus.

“I thought it was nice,” Blackmon said of his experience at the game. “I thought it was real fun and exciting.”

After touring campus with the coaches and checking out the academic buildings, Blackmon dropped by the team tailgate at the Crisler Center to talk to the current Michigan players, saying he talked to Mitch McGary and Zak Irvin the most. He relayed that they told him “how good things were.”

“I think it just has a college feel, kind of,” Blackmon said of his impression of Ann Arbor. “I like how there’s a lot of students out who were into the sports and there was people everywhere in the streets.”

Blackmon said he was with the coaches most of the day and that they had some “private conversations.” It was later, after the game had ended, that Blackmon received his Michigan offer.

He said finally getting the offer felt “surreal.”

“(The coaches) just said that I would be a good part there and that I fit the system real well. … (The offer) is great for me to have and that’s a place that I can see myself at. Like the coaches said, I think I fit the system well because I can shoot the three, and that’s what they do.

“I really don’t have a list, and I really haven’t made a decision, but I like (Michigan) a lot.”

The Fort Wayne native said that while he likes Michigan a lot, he hasn’t finalized the next steps of his recruitment.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I have to figure out what officials I’m going to take.”

But Blackmon did say that he “thinks [he] will” return to Michigan when he does take that step.

For now, Blackmon’s recruitment presses on. He joins Devin Booker, Trevon Bluiett and Kameron Chatman as the fourth member of the 2014 class to hold a Michigan offer.

“I’ve had a lot of contact with Indiana,” Blackmon said. “Really a lot of (schools) but I’m just trying to find the best fit for me. I talk to Michigan a lot now, Kentucky. There’s a lot of schools that I talk to a lot, but that is not necessarily going to make my decision.”

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  • sane1

    I think that we get an official visit and have a great shot here.

    • ZRL

      Kentucky will be really hard to beat if they really want him (his dad played there). The good news is that UK is recruiting a couple of other shooting guards, including Booker, and can’t take all of them.

      • jblair52

        what would suck is to lose Booker to MSU then Blackmon to Kentucky and Chatman to Arizona.

        I’m just shocked we haven’t found GRIII’s replacement

        • Northern Blue

          I’ve got a good feeling about Bolden, who seems to be very interested in Michigan – and he might have the highest ceiling of all the players the staff has recruited in the 2014 class. Also, Chatman gets to see the campus on game day of Notre Dame. For me we really need to find a good replacement for GR3 and getting a good guard is the cherry on top. If I was a guard looking at Michigan I’d be worried about the playing time available with Stauskas, Irivin, Levert and two good point guards going to be suiting up for the foreseeable future.

          • Retiredat23

            Stauskas, Irvin, and Levert can all play the 3. Blackmon could play the 2 with any of those three playing the 3. It would be a smaller lineup, but Beilein has done that before and he’ll do it again.

  • A2JD

    Trevon Bluiett just committed to UCLA.

    • wolverine_longhorn

      Yup…just saw that. That’s a real bummer. Onto the next one I guess!

    • Fresh

      I think i said this on the forum, but it never seemed like the kid was really ever into michigan, imo. Just something throughout the whole process with him it just never seemed like he would end in AA. Time for the coaches to start closing, I know i will be very disappointed and confused if they dont land at least 2 big time commits here.

  • Indiana_Matt

    I am not that shocked about Bluiett. Ever since Alford picked up his high school coach I figured him for a Bruin. I don’t think we need to freak out about this recruiting class either. Everyone other than Duke, UNC, Kentucky and Kansas has up and down years on the recruiting trail. We’ve had back to back classes with top flight talent. And we are still in it with several excellent prospects. Blackmon, for instance, would be sweet. But even if they don’t sign… I just don’t see us falling out of the top half of the Big Ten with the guys coming back after this coming season, even if we lose the guys we expect to. It would take back to back bad years for recruiting to make me sweat a little. Just my opinion.

  • Retiredat23

    Blackmon’s game is unreal….his shot is lights out, he’s quick and can shoot of the bounce, and he’s athletic. Looks to me like an ideal Beilein player. Doesn’t matter if he plays PG or SG, he’ll play and score and score and score. I want him!