Highly touted class of 2014 shooting guard James Blackmon Jr. decommitted from Indiana on Thursday, his father told the Herald-Leader.
Blackmon — the son of former University of Kentucky player James Blackmon — committed to the Hoosiers before his freshman season in 2010.
His father said he wanted to be sure that the original decision was the correct one.
“I think he just wanted to make sure that Indiana was the place for him,” Blackmon Sr. told the Herald-Leader. “The only way that you can be 100 percent sure about that is to take a look at something else.”
ESPN ranks Blackmon Jr.as the No. 25 overall player in the class of 2014. The 6-foot-2 prospect is considered one of the best shooters in high school basketball.
Blackmon Sr. said no other college coaches had been in contact with him during the three years that his son was committed to Indiana, and the family didn’t back off the pledge because of interest in any one particular school. “There’s no established list,” he said.
The father also said that he spoke with Indiana Coach Tom Crean before the news went public Thursday.
“I love Coach Crean. I love his style of play,” Blackmon Sr. said. “He’s a stand-up guy. Indiana didn’t do anything wrong.
“I talked to Coach Crean and they’re going to still recruit us. And we’ll see what happens.”
Indianapolis forward Trey Lyles also committed to Indiana before starting his high school career, only to decommit from the Hoosiers last summer. Many recruiting observers immediately predicted that Lyles would end up at Kentucky, and the Cats remain one of his four finalists.
Blackmon’s father said his son’s decommitment didn’t have anything to do with Lyles’ decision. “I think it’s two different situations,” he said. “Trey’s situation is a lot different from ours.”
Blackmon Sr. played for Kentucky from 1983-1987, scoring 866 points during his four-year career as a Wildcat. He was a McDonald’s All-American from Indiana before signing with Joe B. Hall.
The former Cat said he wasn’t sure whether John Calipari would get involved in his son’s recruitment. UK has already offered two shooting guards from the class of 2014 — Rashad Vaughn and Devin Booker.