Hoosiers guard James Blackmon Jr. entering NBA Draft without hiring agent

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind — With new rules in place allowing college players to more thoroughly explore their pro potential, dozens of prospects have declared for the NBA Draft.

Count Indiana’s James Blackmon, Jr. among them.

Despite missing 22 games last year as a sophomore thanks to a knee injury, the Marion-native will put his name in for this year’s Draft.  He won’t hire an agent, though, keeping open the possibility of a return to the Hoosiers.

“James is going to test the waters and see where he stands in the eyes of the NBA at this time,” Tom Crean said in a statement. “He is going to go through the process with both eyes open with the goal of receiving the most complete and current evaluation possible,” Crean added.

Blackmon, Jr. was averaging 15.8 points and shooting 46.3% from three-point range before his injury. He had surgery in early January.

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