Chattahoochee High alum drafted by San Antonio Spurs

Jaron Blossomgame, a Chattahoochee High grad and former Clemson forward, was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs at pick No. 59 in the NBA draft.

Blossomgame considered entering the draft last year before electing to stay in school. He said he worked out for 13 teams, including the Spurs, before Thursday.

In the one-and-done era, college seniors typically slip. Five years at Clemson provided the “he is who he is” mindset regarding the 24-year-old.

Blossomgame is the first Clemson player in 20 years to lead his team in scoring three consecutive years. He’s the third player in school history to score 1,700 points and grab 800 rebounds, joining Elden Campbell and Trevor Booker.

Still, Blossomgame has qualities the modern NBA loves. He’s versatile, not only able to guard multiple positions, but do so adequately. He shot 3-point shots at a 44.1 percent rate his junior season, but dropped to 25.5 in a disappointing senior campaign. He averaged 17.7 points per game in 2017.

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Despite a letdown final season, Blossomgame said he doesn’t regret returning to Clemson. He said he’s more prepared as a player and person for the NBA now.

His defensive skillset and length are optimal fits in the Spurs system. Blossomgame won’t receive a guaranteed contract, but his first chance to impress Spurs brass should come in the Las Vegas Summer League July 7-17.

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