Clemson Forward Jaron Blossomgame Opts for 2016 NBA Draft

Clemson junior forward Jaron Blosomgame will forego his senior year with the Tigers, instead opting for the 2016 NBA Draft.
Clemson junior forward Jaron Blosomgame will forego his senior year with the Tigers, instead opting for the 2016 NBA Draft.

The 2015-16 college basketball season is slowly winding down, as the post-season is in full swing with four of the five tournaments moving towards their respective championships.

That also means that the year is coming to an end for a plethora of teams around the country, turning the attention to the 2016-17 season in the process.

Some players are starting to focus on taking their careers to the next level, and over the next month or so, players will be declaring for the NBA Draft. Earlier this week, the Clemson Tigers learned that one of their stars was going to forego his senior season of eligibility in the NCAA to pursue his professional dreams.

Forward Jaron Blossomgame has officially declared for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Over the last two seasons with the Tigers, Blossomgame has blossomed into a star. The 6’7”, 220-pound forward out of Alpharetta, Georgia may not be high on draft boards for many teams right now, but is definitely worthy of a serious look leading up to the NBA Draft on June 23rd, 2016.

Blossomgame was the Tigers’ leading scorer this past season, averaging 18.3 points per contest to go along with 6.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.3 blocks per game. He is a strong shooter from all over the floor, shooting 51.3% from the floor and 44.6% from three point range.

With his size and shooting ability, Blossomgame has the look of a player who could be a strong backup wing at the next level. He could provide a spark off the bench for any team willing to take a chance on him. Blossomgame has the tools to be successful at the next level, and will be playing professional basketball in some capacity next season.

Without Jaron Blossomgame in the fold for the 2016-17 season, Clemson fans were left asking the age-old question of ‘what if’. With the addition of transfer Marcquise Reed from the Robert Morris Colonials, the Tigers looked to be a much-improved team in 2016-17.

Now, the Tigers will need to replace his production, and find others to step up and lead the team back into contention in the ACC.

– T.B.

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