James Blackmon Jr., the 247Composite four-star combo guard from Marion (Ind.), has set his decision date tentatively for Oct. 22, he confirmed to Inside Indiana on Wednesday.
Blackmon, who was committed to Indiana from just before his freshman year of high school at Fort Wayne Bishop Luers until this August, has narrowed his decision primarily to Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana and Kansas. Though Kentucky appears to be the frontrunner at this point in the eyes of experts, Blackmon has insisted that his decision could go any number of ways.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard has taken his official visit to Michigan and plans on an official visit to Kentucky on Oct. 18 for Big Blue Madness just prior to making his choice. Last week, the entirety of Michigan's basketball staff visited Blackmon, leaving a large impression on him.
"I've never had a full staff come in to see me," Blackmon told Wolverine247, "so if it wasn't clear to me already, it is now that Michigan is very serious about me. They talked a lot about how they see me fitting into the program and that I could be a game changing type of player for them. My family and I both liked what the coaching staff had to say."
Blackmon's father, James Sr., went to Kentucky, but the younger Blackmon has insisted that his father's Wildcat roots won't affect his decision. Indiana's Tom Crean and his staff have continued to pursue Blackmon, including a visit from Crean in mid-September.