UNC basketball recruiting: James Blackmon Jr. hosting coaches

IURecruits13412-036After losing out on highly sought after prospect Robert Johnson last week, UNC basketball coach Roy Williams will be quickly shifting focus and looking to land top prospect James Blackmon Jr.

Blackmon Jr. is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard out of Marion High School in Indiana. Scouting reports on Blackmon describe him as an extremely capable shooter that plays with a ton of confidence. Blackmon is definitely the purest shooter in the class and will punish teams behind the arc for years to come. Right now, the only weakness in his game is that he lacks the ability to create his own shot on a regular basis.

Last year Blackmon averaged 33.3 points and 8 rebounds a game while shooting 44% from behind the arc. Look for Blackmon to really light it up from the second he suits up for a Division I program.

Currently, Blackmon has received offers from Michigan, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Memphis, and North Carolina.

Blackmon hasn’t scheduled a UNC visit yet, but late last week the star shooting guard visited with several coaches at his high school. The group included Roy Williams, Bill Self, John Callipari, and Tom Crean.

Michigan seems to be the most likely destination for Blackmon at the moment and will make his official visit to Ann Arbor this Friday. Tar Heel faithful shouldn’t lose hope though because Blackmon is definitely capable of changing his mind. Blackmon had previously verbally committed to Indiana before starting his freshman year of high school.

At this point, fans of UNC will be desperate to see Williams land any shooting guard prospect after the loss of Johnson. Given UNC’s fast paced and open style of play, Blackmon would be the perfect fit for the Tar Heels.

  • The Analyst

    It appears that Blackmon will sign with the last coach to wink at him. Loves the attention, and seems to want the love to never go. If I had to make a prediction, he will go to UK or Mich., depending on what school does not get Devin Booker.