UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels has changed his pick from Kentucky to Indiana within the last hour. Other experts are also picking the Hoosiers. We will find out here in about five hours.
James Blackmon Jr., a 2014 guard from Marion, Ind., will announce his decision at approximately 9 p.m. tonight. This primer should get you ready.
THE BASICS: Blackmon Jr. is a 6-foot-3, 175-pound shooting guard. A four-star target, Blackmon Jr. is the sixth-ranked shooting guard in the 2014 class. He's a terrific perimeter shooter, and has the ability to get his own shot.
THE SUITORS: Blackmon Jr. will choose from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Michigan State. He was previously committed to IU before decommitting in July. Blackmon Jr. has taken visits to all four schools since his decommitment.
THE RECRUITMENT: Indiana coach Tom Crean has never given up on Blackmon Jr., and he deserves a great deal of credit for that. Blackmon Jr. was the one in-state kid in this class Crean was unwilling to give up on because he has a strong relationship both with Blackmon Jr. and his family.
Crean has visited Blackmon Jr. at his school a number of times since the decommitment, and he got Blackmon Jr.'s last visit. Some of speculated that Blackmon Jr.'s interest in IU was only a facade after his decommitment, but I don't think that was the case. I believe Blackmon Jr.'s love for IU is legitimate, and this will be a difficult decision for him to make.
THE DECISION: Kentucky has been believed to be the leader for some time, but we're hearing some late buzz for Indiana as I write this early Thursday afternoon.
A source close to Devin Robinson told me earlier this week that Blackmon Jr. reached out to Robinson in an attempt to "get him to go to IU with him." Robinson ultimately committed to Florida on Wednesday.
Our Evan Daniels was told by a source today that Blackmon Jr. is "50-50" between Kentucky and Indiana at this point and it could go either way.
THE AFTERMATH: If Indiana lands Blackmon Jr., it would be a pretty remarkable feat. Getting a kid to recommit to a school doesn't happen all that often. But beyond that, Blackmon Jr. would be a significant on-court pickup. He is one of the top shooters in this class.
If the Hoosiers don't get Blackmon Jr., it will hurt. Crean and his staff have spent a fairly significant amount of time trying to get him back to Bloomington. And if Blackmon were to choose Kentucky, it'd certainly be a tough pill for IU fans to swallow.
Indiana is getting all the late buzz on Blackmon, who will announce his decision at approximately 9 p.m. tonight. Will the Hoosiers get Blackmon Jr. for the second time?
Primer: James Blackmon Jr. Decision
Indiana is getting all the late buzz on Blackmon, who will announce his decision tonight.