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James Blackmon Jr. signs with Italy's Aquila Trento



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Junior guard James Blackmon Jr. dribbles the ball against Purdue on Feb. 9, 2017. The Hoosiers lost to the Boilermakers, 69-64. Victor Grössling Buy Photos

After leading his team in scoring last season, former IU men's basketball player James Blackmon Jr. decided Monday to continue his professional career in Italy with a different team.

Blackmon played for VL Pesaro last season and averaged 19.8 points per game. He played in all of the team's 30 games and averaged 33.2 minutes per game while shooting 50.4% from the field.

Aquila Trento tweeted about its most recent acquisition Monday, calling Blackmon a scorer.

Before starting his professional career, Blackmon was a five-star product out of Marion High School. He scored 2,387 points in his high school career, leaving him eighth all-time in Indiana high school history.

He played for IU from 2014-2017 and averaged 16.1 points per game over his three seasons while shooting 43% from the 3-point line. Blackmon became the 50th player in IU history to surpass 1,000 career points scored.

After his junior year in which the Hoosiers went 18-16 and lost in the first round of the NIT, former Head Coach Tom Crean was fired, and Blackmon chose to forego his senior year to pursue the NBA.

He dabbled around a few of the NBA's G-League teams, averaging 14.4 points per game with the Wisconsin Herd in 2017-18 before heading overseas to Italy with VL Pesaro.

Aquila Trento finished in sixth place last season in the Lega Basket Serie A with a record of 30-17.

The next Lega Basket Serie A season is set to begin Sept. 25.

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