Troy Williams enters NBA draft; James Blackmon will return for junior year

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Troy Williams #5 of the Indiana Hoosiers makes a move to the basket against Jae’Sean Tate #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Assembly Hall on January 10, 2016 in Bloomington, Indiana. Indiana defeated Ohio State 85-60. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Due to a new rule this year, college players interested in playing professionally could declare for the draft, but they could return to play in college as long as they didn’t sign with an agent. Both James Blackmon Jr. and Troy Williams took advantage of the opportunity to get a feel for the draft without permanently deciding to leave IU just yet.

Hoosiers have been holding their breaths for the past month waiting to hear the fates of Blackmon and Williams. And today we learned their decisions were split.

Indiana University announced today that James Blackmon chose to withdraw from the2016 NBA draft, and he will return to play at IU for his junior year.

Blackmon injured his knee in December 2015, and he missed the last 22 games of the season after having surgery in January. He averaged 15.8 points in 13 games and shot 46.3% from three-point range.

Williams, on the other hand, signed with agent Stephen Pina of ASM Sports, according to Herald Times reporter Mike Miller.

Today was the last day players could decide whether to officially enter the draft. Williams averaged 13.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game last season. He had one year left of NCAA eligibility.

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