In an offseason of uncertainty for the New York Knicks, they have brought in their latest potential recruit from Indiana.
The Knicks had Indiana's James Blackmon Jr. in for a workout last week: https://t.co/vcv1uzJgkZ
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 16, 2017
Blackmon Jr. is a shooting guard from Indiana University who is coming off a strong junior year. In 30 games he averaged 17 points per contest, as well as 1.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds.
The NBA has evolved into a league where three-point shooting is everything. Blackmon Jr.’s biggest strength is just that. He shot 42 percent from behind the arc last season.
— CoachBarsh (@CoachRjayBarsh) June 7, 2017
He has a nice shooting stroke and can knock down shots from deep range. Also, he has a high release point on his shot, which helps him get off his shot even if a defender is giving him little room to shoot. The quick release on his shots also serves as a major benefit to his type of play.
Furthermore, he is exceptional with a pull-up jump shot. That makes him a threat in a pick and roll situation.
Blackmon Jr. is undersized for shooting guard by NBA standards. He is only 6’3″, which is more of a point guard size, but he has a wingspan of 6’8″. The long wingspan certainly helps him step up his game for a player of small stature.
The Knicks are looking to deepen the guard position for their roster. Blackmon Jr. could be a solid option for them in the second round. He could be someone that can come off the bench and provide some accurate three-point shooting and help stretch the floor.
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According to DraftExpress, Blackmon Jr. is ranked 83rd in the top 100 prospect list.