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Indiana star to miss the summer after knee surgery

James Blackmon Jr., Stanford Robinson

Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr. (AP Photo)


Indiana shooting guard James Blackmon Jr. will be out for the rest of the summer after undergoing surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus.

“It was a tough setback for James and all of us, but in the scheme of things relatively minor in the way that it has all been handled,” Crean told Sports Illustrated. “He had a great spring and was in the midst of having an even better summer.”

The surgery shouldn’t hamper Blackmon’s season, as the timetable for a return -- six-to-eight weeks -- should put him back on the court prior to the start of practice.

Blackmon averaged 15.7 points as a freshman, playing a key role alongside Yogi Ferrell in Indiana’s back court. His ability to score -- specifically his touch from beyond the arc -- was a major reason why the Hoosiers were so good playing spread, uptempo basketball last season.