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Per multiple reports including Marion area-radio, Vijay Blackmon is planning to return back to Indiana for his red-shirt junior season. Earlier this April, Vijay Blackmon declared his intention to transfer and he had submitted his name for the NCAA transfer portal.
Given Indiana’s roster situation and a number of missed guard targets in the past month, the available guard minutes for Vijay Blackmon seemed to have ballooned. Now he has the opportunity to have a larger role with the Indiana program, at least for the immediate season.
Vijay graduated with his bachelor’s degree this May in under three year’s of college. If he were to have transferred, Blackmon could have used the graduate transfer route which would have let him play immediately at another school. According to Jon Rothschild, Vijay Blackmon received Division 1 offers once he put his name in the transfer portal. He had a notable workout with former Indiana head coach Mike Davis at his current school Detroit-Mercy.
Also worth noting, the Hoosiers have two scholarships that are available. With Vijay Blackmon being a walk-on last year, it will be interesting to see if the staff plans to use their open scholarships creatively. Many believed that Zach McRoberts would have received a scholarship had Indiana had an extra scholarship, but that ended up not being the case.
More about Vijay Blackmon
Vijay Blackmon joined the Indiana program in 2017, after playing a single season at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During his time at NAIA school St. Francis, Vijay scored just under 10 points per game and played in 22 games before departing the program in January of 2017.
He sat out during the 2017-2018 season for the Hoosiers due to NCAA transfer rules; however, he appeared in 7 games this past season for Archie Miller’s team.
Vijay Blackmon is the younger brother of former Indiana basketball stand-out and McDonald’s All American James Blackmon Jr. His father and former Kentucky Wildcat James Blackmon Sr. is the current head coach at Marion High School. The youngest of the Blackmon brothers, Jalen Blackmon, is currently a 2021 recruit playing for his father at Marion. After two season, Jalen Blackmon already has over 1,300 career points and he has recruiting interest from Archie Miller and the Hoosiers.
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