Jaron
Blossomgame
Position: SF
Height/Weight: 6'8" / 220 lbs
School/Club: Clemson
Status: Senior
Birthday: September 13, 1993

About Jaron Blossomgame

After suffering a compound fracture in his left leg before he graduated from high school, Blossomgame got a slow start to his college career. Forced to take a redshirt (and undergo a second surgery to repair the injury), he was unable to take advantage of offseason skills and conditioning work. Bad luck continued when he suffered a hairline fracture in the same leg at the end of his freshman season in 2014. But it obviously took more than a couple of leg fractures to slow down Blossomgame, who improved his statistics markedly as a sophomore, improved them again as a junior when he earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors, and was a solid All-ACC player again in his senior season.

Strengths

  • Physical
  • Explosive athlete
  • Competitor
  • Tough
  • Defensive potential
  • Can score off the bounce
  • Competes on the glass

Weaknesses

  • Has to tighten up jump shot mechanics
  • Not much of a facilitator

NBA projection: Blossomgame is generally considered a second-round pick.

2016-17 Season
Blossomgame earned third-team All-SEC honors as he continued to showcase his skills in one of the nation’s toughest conference. He scored 20 or more points nine times in ACC games, 20 times over the last two seasons. He led Clemson in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, field goals made and attempted and free throws made and attempted.

Key statistics: 17.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.6 tpg, 0.9 bpg, 34.3 mpg, .499 FG, .255 3PT, .714 FT

Career Highlights: Along with Trevor Booker and Elden Campbell, the trio are the only Tigers in history to post at least 1,700 points and 800 rebounds in a career. Ranked third in the ACC in scoring as a junior (18.7) and selected First Team All-ACC. Also a third-team All-ACC pick as a senior.

Cool statistic: Blossomgame is one of only three players in Clemson history to score at least 1,700 points and grab at least 800 rebounds, behind two players who went on to the NBA—Elden Campbell and Trevor Booker.

Reminds me of: K.J. McDaniels

What Insiders Say
Clemson coach Brad Brownell

“We’re certainly going to try to get him the ball in most instances. Some games, again, it’s easier than others, just because of size, personnel and length, as well as the way certain teams are guarding you. But you don’t expect him to not play well. When he’s 0 for 5, you feel like he’s got five coming. He knows we believe in him. He’s our guy, and we’re going to get him the ball.”

What Outsiders Say
Former NC State coach Mark Gottfried
“Jaron played great in the second half after being scoreless in the first half. He came out the second half and played great [16 points]. I thought we did a good job making it hard on him, too.”

 

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.

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