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Report: Indiana Guard James Blackmon Jr. Out Until September Following Knee Surgery

Indiana sophomore guard James Blackmon, Jr. will be out until September following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, according to SI.com's Pete Thamel

Hoosiers coach Tom Crean confirmed Tuesday that Blackmon had surgery last week and stressed there’s no ligament damage.

Blackmon was given a six- to eight-week timetable to return and projects to be at full strength by mid-September at the latest, well before the start of practice in October.

“It was a tough setback for James and all of us, but in the scheme of things relatively minor in the way that it has all been handled,” Crean said. “He had a great spring and was in the midst of having an even better summer.

Blackmon averaged 15.7 points per game as a freshman last season. He's expected to anchor the Hoosiers' attack this season, as Indiana looks to crack the top of the Big Ten standings after finishing in seventh place last season.