James Blackmon Jr. went up to block a shot Saturday and came down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The Bishop Luers sophomore guard is expected to miss three to four months.
Blackmon, an Indiana University recruit, suffered the injury in a 73-51 loss at Indianapolis Tech. He is expected to have surgery on his left leg in the next week or so.
"He's got a good work ethic and it's a matter of him being patient and understanding he can't rush it," said his father, James Blackmon Sr., who is also Luers' coach. "He's just got to go through the proper steps, the proper rehabbing and not try to get back overnight. He has a good head on his shoulders. He'll do the right things and put the time in."
Blackmon Jr. is averaging 25.1 points per game for Luers (12-6), who clinched the Summit Athletic Conference title for the second straight year with an 87-81 win over Snider last Friday night.
He let people know about his injury with a Twitter post on Monday afternoon.
“Just received the worst news of my life,” Blackmon tweeted.
Responding to others, he also wrote “Think I tore my ACL” and “My work ethic will get me through this.”
Blackmon Sr. said the hardest part for his son will be sitting out while the team works toward the postseason.
"He was real excited about winning the SAC, then to have something like this happen toward the end of the season is tough," Blackmon Sr. said. "Our momentum was going in the right direction heading toward the sectional.
"He's down about it. He had some individual and team goals and it'll be hard not to be able to contribute to those team goals."