Mar 23, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari (left) embraces Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean (right) following the game in the semifinals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men

Kentucky Wildcats may snatch two elite recruits from Indiana Hoosiers


Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Head Coach John Calipari and Indiana Hoosiers Head Coach Tom Crean claim to be great friends, despite being the coaches of two of the blue-bloods of college basketball, as well as hated rivals throughout the history of both programs.

“There’s no question in the last couple of years, as we’ve gone through this, that the phone has rung, and I’ve answered it and it’s been him (Calipari) more than really anybody else outside my family,” Crean said in an interview last March.

That friendship is about to be put to the test. In the past year, IU has lost commitments from two elite recruits in the 2014 class. Trey Lyles, a 5-star forward and near-consensus top-10 player, decommited from IU last April after he originally committed to Indiana in September 2010.

On Thursday, nearly three years after committing to the Hoosiers as a 14-year-old prospect, James Blackmon Jr. decommitted from IU. Blackmon is rated as a 4-star shooting guard by ESPN and the 25th best prospect in the 2014 class.

Not 24 hours after he decommited from IU, Blackmon Jr. picked up a scholarship offer from John Calipari and UK, according to his father, James Blackmon Sr., who once played for the Cats in the 1980s.

And as it stands, UK is the favorite to land both in the class of 2014. If that does indeed transpire, it will be interesting to see how long Crean and Cal’s “relationship” lasts after that.


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  • diverdown48

    It wasn’t Coach Cal that talked these two players into decommiting so if there is a friendship I think it will survive.
    Thanks for your service Jason. GO ARMY

  • metalhead65

    wonder if that scholarship will still be there for blackman if gets injured again this year like he was last year? where were those other schools then? IU is so worried they have already offered 2 higher rated guys his spot. have fun sitting on the bench just like your daddy did when he went to school there. I am sure the extra benefits will make it worth while though right?