James Blackmon Jr. has yet to play a single high school game at Bishop Leurs in Fort Wayne, Ind., but the 6-foot-2 shooting guard has already given a verbal commitment to Indiana.
How good is this kid? ESPN.com's John Stovall has this evaluation: "James Jr. has a solid handle and is a good and willing passer. James is an excellent prospect with great upside."
Blackmon Jr.'s father played for Kentucky. Here's his reaction to the Indianapolis Star:
"It's real exciting. I'm only a freshman," he said while riding home from IU's season-opening football game where he told coach Tom Crean he would play for the Hoosiers. "What really sold it was the coach. He has a lot of confidence in me.
"I'm really excited. My college is already set."
Of course, all this is no guarantee that Blackmon Jr. will end up at Indiana in 2014. Will Crean even be coaching the Hoosiers then? Will Blackmon Jr. decide in the next four years that there's a better fit?
Nobody knows, and anything can happen.
In the summer of 2007, point guard Ryan Boatright committed to USC coach Tim Floyd fresh out of middle school. With Floyd now having resigned, Boatright is now searching for another school heading into his senior year of high school.
In the summer of 2003, a phenom named Taylor King committed to UCLA and ended up becoming a McDonald's All-American and signing with Duke. All these years later, he's headed to his third school to play in the NAIA.
So a verbal commitment at such an early age really isn't necessarily a good predictor of neither loyalty or success.
But congratulations to Blackmon Jr. on his path toward college. And best of luck along the way.