THE LIST: Class of 2014 Rivals150
One of the most interesting recruitments in the class of 2014 has come to an end. Thursday night, five-star shooting guard James Blackmon ended his recruitment for a second time.
Nearly 38 months ago the nation's No. 23 player in the senior class ended his recruitment before he'd even played a single high school game. Then, a few months ago the 6-foot-3 shooting guard at Marion (Ind.) High decided to open things back up and look around.
On Halloween, the five-star ended up right where he had started by making a second commitment to play for Tom Crean and the Hoosiers.
"Next year I'll be playing my college ball as an Indiana Hoosier," said Blackmon during his announcement on ESPNU. "The way coach Crean recruited me as a main priority and the way I see myself impacting the program and keeping Indiana back on top.
"I'll be real active trying to get other players and I think I will make an impact there."
A true scoring machine on the high school level, Blackmon is perhaps the top shooter in the senior class. He shoots well off the dribble. He shoots well off the catch and he shoots well curling off of screens.
Because he's such a good shooter, the rest of his game is often overlooked. However, Blackmon is a complete offensive player who can also score off the dribble, hit from mid range and finish with athleticism in traffic. He is much improved off the dribble and is learning to make plays for others.
By ending up back at Indiana, Blackmon ended what had been a particularly wild few weeks of rumors and speculation. Much of the chatter leading up to his announcement had been centered around Kentucky where Blackmon's father played but the tide seemed to turn during the final 24 hours as the Hoosiers emerged as the late favorite.
The addition of Blackmon gives the Hoosiers a strong, perimeter heavy class. He joins four-star combo guard Robert Johnson and emerging small forward Max Hoetzel in the Hoosiers class.
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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