Indiana sophomore James Blackmon Jr. has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft.
The 6-4 guard was the team’s second leading scorer this season averaging 15.8 points and 4.2 rebounds, while shooting a blistering 46 percent from three-point range.
However Blackmon only played 13 games this year before suffering a right knee injury. He had surgery and missed the Hoosiers final 22 games.
The previous season, Blackmon was sixth among all freshmen in the country in scoring when he averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds.
He will not hire an agent which will allow him to return to IU by May 25th.
The new rule allows college players to attend the May 10-15 NBA draft combine and get a sense of where they may likely be selected, so that they can decide to stay in the draft or go back to school.
“James is going to test the waters and see where he stands in the eyes of the NBA at this time,” said Indiana head coach Tom Crean said via a release. “He is going to go through the process with both eyes open with the goal of receiving the most complete and current evaluation possible.”
ESPN’s No. 19 ranked prospect out of high school, Blackmon averaged 33.4 points as a senior at Marion (IN) and graduated eighth all-time in scoring in Indiana high school history.