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Analysis: James Blackmon commits to IU

Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels wasn't shy about the impact Indiana commit James Blackmon Jr. could have for the Hoosiers.

"I think this is a huge win (for IU)," Daniels said "He's the kind of player that can go to Indiana and leave there a legend. He's arguably the best shooter in the 2014 class."

Blackmon is more than that, too.

The former Bishop Luers star was an IU commit before playing a high school game. After averaging nearly 30 points per game as a junior, he decided to reopen his recruitment and look into other college options.

The Hoosiers stuck with Blackmon, whose dad played at Kentucky. The Wildcats came calling, and Blackmon was close -- very close -- to playing his college ball in Lexington.

But Bloomington seemed like home, and the 6-foot-3 guard, who is the No. 6 shooting guard in the 2014 class according to Scout.com, decided to stick with his first choice.

"This was a terrific job by Indiana to close on James Blackmon and get this thing done," Daniels said. "It's very rare that a guy commits, de-commits and then recommits to the same school – extremely rare."

ESPN.com analyst Paul Biancardi broke down Blackmon's game before his announcement on ESPNU on Thursday. The senior, who is the No. 19 player in the ESPN 100, can score from all over the floor.

"One of the best midrange and long-range shooters in the class, whether it's coming off a screen or spotting up for a three," Biancardi said. "At times, you can slide him over to the point guard position because he has a strong basketball IQ and great court vision."

IU coach Tom Crean will likely use him in both roles. Daniels sees Blackmon continuing his high-scoring ways when he gets to Bloomington and becoming the hometown hero Hoosiers seem to adore, in the ilk of Jordan Hulls, Cody Zeller and Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell.

"I think it's pretty clear what basketball means in that state," Daniels said.

To Blackmon, it was.

"I just felt like this was where my heart was," he said on ESPNU. "I couldn't imagine myself not playing for the fans at Indiana basketball."

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