With Troy Williams already going through the NBA Draft process without an agent, another Indiana player announced Monday that he’ll do the same.
Guard James Blackmon Jr., who played in just 13 games last season due to a knee injury, will go through the pre-draft process without hiring an agent in order to preserve his college eligibility. Blackmon Jr. averaged 15.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season for the Hoosiers, shooting 48.0 percent from the field and 46.3 percent from beyond the arc.
DraftExpress.com currently ranks Blackmon Jr. 30th amongst college sophomores and does not project him to be selected in this year’s draft. But going through the process will allow Blackmon Jr. to receive feedback from NBA scouts and executives, at the very least to have a better idea of what he’ll need to improve upon in order to not only reach the next level but stick around once there.
Freshman OG Anunoby briefly considered going through the draft process before deciding not to do so. The Hoosiers have some key personnel losses to address this offseason, most notably that of point guard and team leader Yogi Ferrell. With Ferrell moving on Blackmon Jr. will be a key figure for the Hoosiers as they look to build on their Sweet 16 appearance and Big Ten regular season title.