Clemson’s Jaron Blossomgame declares for NBA Draft

Jaron Blossomgame (Photo Courtesy of Allen Randall, Clemson Athletic Communications)

Clemson basketball player Jaron Blossomgame says he will enter his name into the 2016 NBA Draft, but will leave open the option of returning to play for the Tigers for his senior season.

The redshirt junior announced he has not hired an agent. He can withdraw from draft consideration by May 25.

“He had a terrific season for us, and we’re proud of how hard he has worked to put himself in this position,” head coach Brad Brownell announced Wednesday in a written statement. “Our staff will continue to gather information throughout the process to help Jaron make the best decision possible.”

Blossomgame was named first-team All-ACC by the league’s head coaches and media for his play in the 2015-16 season. He averaged 18.6 points per game. That’s the highest average for a Clemson men’s basketball player in 15 years.

“Coming off a major leg injury, I didn’t know how quickly professional basketball would be an option,” Blossomgame said in a statement. “If the feedback (from the NBA) is not positive, then I will return to school for my senior season.

He became the first Clemson player in history to shoot at least 50 percent overall, 40 percent from three and 75 percent from the free throw line over the course of a season.

Blossomgame is a native of Alpharetta, Georgia.

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