Jaron Blossomgame (born September 16, 1993) is an American basketball player for the Austin Spurs of the NBA G League. Blossomgame played college basketball for Clemson University and was selected in the second round of the 2017 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs.

 

 

High school career

Blossomgame attended Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, Georgia. He played high school basketball with the Cougars under head coach Kacey Martin. After his junior season, he earned first-team all-region and second-team all-state after averaging 24 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. As a senior, Blossomgame helped Chattahoochee end the season with a 25–5 record, as his team qualified for the Sweet 16 round of the state tournament. He joined the Georgia Stars of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in 2011 and led his team with 15.7 points per game. However, that year, Blossomgame broke his leg while trying to dunk with his trainer. His bone protruded from his left leg at the time.[3] After the injury, he expected to wear a cast for the following six to eight weeks.[4]

College career

Blossomgame chose Clemson over VCU, Wichita State, Tennessee Tech and Gardner-Webb. He elected to redshirt the 2012–13 season due to the broken leg suffered in AAU.[5]

After two seasons of steadily-improving production, Blossomgame enjoyed a breakout junior season in 2015–16. Blossomgame averaged 18.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and became the 13th Clemson player to be named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). He was also named the conference's Most Improved Player for the season.[6] Following the season, Blossomgame declared his eligibility for the 2016 NBA draft, and was invited to the NBA Draft Combine.[7] Ultimately, he chose to return to Clemson for his senior season.[8]

Blossomgame was named to the preseason All-ACC team and was named a preseason All-American by several publications.[9] Blossomgame averaged 17.7 points and 6.3 rebounds and led the Tigers to the 2017 National Invitation Tournament, earning third-team All-ACC honors.[10] He was also a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, earning second-team senior All-American honors.[11] After his last year at Clemson ended, Blossomgame was invited to his second straight NBA Draft Combine event, becoming one of the first players to ever get invited to the event multiple times in different years.

Professional career

Austin Spurs (2017–present)

Blossomgame was drafted with the 59th pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs.[12] Blossomgame was later included in 2017 NBA Summer League roster.[13]

On November 2, 2017, Blossomgame was included in the 2017–18 opening night roster for Austin Spurs. [14]