Indiana's James Blackmon Jr. withdraws from 2016 NBA draft

Wednesday May 25th, 2016

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Indiana Hoosiers guard James Blackmon Jr. has withdrawn his name from consideration in the upcoming NBA draft and will return to school for his junior year, the university announced. 

He finished last season with an average of 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 13 games. He was also shooting 46.3% from behind the three-point line.

His season ended early as he underwent surgery on his ACL in January.

The decision to return to Bloomington, Ind. comes after Blackmon declared and discussed his plans with NBA front office personnel. Under the new NCAA rules, underclassmen can declare for the draft and have those discussions before making a decision on whether or not to turn professional.

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Blackmon is set to compete with De'Ron Davis, Robert Johnson and Josh Newkirk for playing time in the Hoosiers' crowded lineup.

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