James Blackmon Jr.

Height: 6-3

Weight: 190

College: Indiana

Classification: Junior

Birthdate: 4/25/1995

 

2017 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 79

Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted

 
Pros:

Very good shooter, especially from deep

Crafty scorer off the dribble

Is a threat to score off of screens

Very good free throw shooter

Very good ball handlerGood rebounder for a player his size

Adequate defensive player

Smart player that has a good feel for the game

​Cons:

Lacks an elite first step off the dribble

Needs to improve his passing ability

Can be turnover prone

Struggles to defend quicker players

Does not collect many steals

Not overly explosive

Not a true point guard, but is undersized to play the two

Has had multiple knee injuries​

Summary:

James Blackmon Jr. is a smart, skilled combo guard that can really shoot and score the basketball.  He does a very good job of changing speeds to get any shot that he wants, as he is a microwave type of scorer that can provide instantaneous points to help his team.​

But, he will need to improve his court vision and pass more to show that he can play the point, and his lack of elite athletic tools may make it tough for him to guard upper echelon players.  Plus, he has had multiple knee injuries in the past, as that could affect his chances to have a long career.​

Right now, he looks to be a second round prospect, and if things break his way, he could potentially end up being a similar player to current Washington Wizards’ guard, Marcus Thornton in the NBA.​

Links:

ESPN Draft Profile

DraftExpress Profile

RealGM Profile

Games Scouted:

11/11/16 Indiana vs. Kansas