Following a run to the Sweet 16 in 2016, the Indiana Hoosiers have high hopes headed into the ’17 season.
Much of the excitement is centered around sophomore big man Thomas Bryant, but two guards—James Blackmon and Robert Johnson—could hold the key to the Hoosiers ultimate success.
But neither will be terribly effective if not fully healthy. That matter is taking care of itself.
Blackmon averaged 15.7 points per game as a freshman, then he began his sophomore campaign at nearly the same scoring clip while shooting almost 50 percent from beyond the arc. In December, however, he went down with a torn ACL and has only recently returned to the court.
“I’m feeling great,” Blackmon told reporters Thursday, according to the Indianapolis Star. “I recently just got cleared to do everything, and the coaches and our trainer are doing a great job of letting me know when to not overdo stuff, so I’m just feeling ready to go.”
Johnson, on the other hand, is still working to get fully healthy. He averaged 8.9 points per game as a freshman and 8.1 last season before being hindered by an ankle injury.
“I haven’t been all the way cleared yet, but it could be any time within the next couple weeks or so. I’m getting really close. I’m doing a lot more things every day,” Johnson said. “It’s something I’ve never really had to deal with before. But I’ve had a good support system with the trainers and the coaches, to guide me through it.”
Below is the full press conference.