An unfortunate family tradition conspired to temporarily interrupt the incredible high school basketball career of Jalen Blackmon.
The younger brother of former IU players James, Jr. and Vijay, Jalen suffered a knee injury that cost him the final 17 games of his junior season. Jalen injured his knee around the same age as both James, Jr. and Vijay.
The 6-foot-2 Jalen was averaging 29.8 points for the Marion (Ind.) Giants through eight games when he was injured. He has scored 1,565 points through three seasons for his high school career.
The knee injury cost Jalen more than his high school season. With his profile rising, the youngest Blackmon’s recruitment has been impacted as well.
Jalen currently has scholarship offers from Houston, Ball State, Akron and Miami of Ohio.
Indiana has been involved in Jalen’s recruitment for a couple years, and he indicates here that the dialogue continues.
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