Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr. is out indefinitely with a lower leg injury, Hoosiers coach Tom Crean announced in a statement on Saturday.
Coach Crean with an update on James Blackmon Jr. pic.twitter.com/UL2WP5CVLS
— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) January 28, 2017
Blackmon, who is averaging 17.6 points per game this season, sustained the injury on Thursday during Indiana’s 90-60 loss at Michigan.
“As much as this affects our basketball team — as with all of the other injuries this year — it hurts us much more for James,” Crean said in the statement. “He has been playing at a very high level and this is unfortunate.”
Blackmon’s injury is the latest in a long string of setbacks for the Hoosiers this season. The news comes only a week after the program announced that forward OG Anunoby would miss the rest of the season due to his right knee injury requiring surgery.
The team’s misfortunes have had a clear effect. The Hoosiers started the season 10-2, but have lost five of their past nine games.
Now, with Blackmon’s injury, Indiana will be without its top scorer when it faces Northwestern on Sunday.