LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana University Sophomore James Blackmon, Jr. will undergo surgery on his injured right knee Tuesday afternoon.
Blackmon, Jr. hurt the knee in practice last week and missed the first two games of the Big Ten season, wins at Rutgers and Nebraska. The son of the former UK standout is averaging 15.8 points per game, second on the team and 10th in the league. He's also hitting 46.3 percent of three-point attempts, seventh in the Big Ten.
"This is a very tough outcome for our Indiana team, but most importantly for James," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "He is establishing himself as one of the most elite guards in the country this season. I feel terrible for him and he has a tough road ahead of him but it is one he has been down before and we fully believe that this process will lead him to have an incredible future in the game at Indiana and well beyond. We look forward to helping him with his full recovery and I know he appreciates everyone's thoughts, prayers and concerns."
Blackmon, Jr. had surgery this past summer on his left knee, missing some summer workouts. A final determination on his status for the remainder of this season might be known later today, but according to the IU athletics website, the surgery is expected to end his season.
The Hoosiers host Wisconsin at the Assembly Hall in a 7:00 start tonight in Bloomington. The unbeaten 1976 national champions will be honored in a halftime ceremony. Rick Bozich and Mike Lacett will be there with reports on WDRB-TV and wdrb.com.