Archie Miller will have another major hole to fill in his first season as Indiana basketball coach.
Guard James Blackmon Jr. will sign with an agent and remain in the 2017 NBA Draft, forgoing his senior year, FanRagSports’ Jon Rothstein reported Monday. Blackmon confirmed the news himself on Twitter later in the day.
— James Blackmon Jr. (@JBlackmon2) May 8, 2017
Blackmon finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten in scoring last season at 17 points per game, and led the conference with 3.0 made 3-pointers per game. He also finished fifth in free-throw shooting while adding 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He isn’t currently projected to be drafted, according to in the latest Draft Express mock draft, but he still had some decent reasons to leave Indiana. One of them? He graduated Saturday, three years after entering Indiana.
3 Years ✔️ pic.twitter.com/61IjV4eYm9
— James Blackmon Jr. (@JBlackmon2) May 6, 2017
Blackmon is the third Indiana player to leave early, as Thomas Bryant and OG Anunoby also reportedly are taking the plunge into the draft. Unlike the other two, however, Blackmon was not invited to the 2017 NBA Draft Combine, which could hamper his efforts to get drafted.