Indiana junior guard James Blackmon Jr. has signed with an agent and will officially enter the NBA draft. With this move, Blackmon will be the third Hoosier player to enter the draft, joining sophomore guard OG Anunoby and sophomore center Thomas Bryant. Blackmon averaged 17.3 points per game for the 2016-2017 Hoosier squad and was regarded as a dependable scorer during his three seasons in Bloomington. Blackmon had draft potential following his stellar freshman season but he opted to return to Indiana for his sophomore year. A subsequent knee injury, which limited him to 13 games during his sophomore season, derailed his draft stock and prompted him to return once more for his junior campaign. Blackmon’s draft stock relies heavily on his shooting from behind the arc as he shot 41.5 percent from 3 in 76 games at Indiana. Blackmon is not a surefire draft pick and if his name is not called on June 22nd it is very likely he will be selected by a team to play in the Summer League due to his offensive skill set. The departure of Blackmon leaves newly hired IU coach Archie Miller with 13 scholarship players for the 2017-2018 season.
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