Blossomgame red-shirt decision made


by -
Discuss on the Basketball Message Board   Print   | TigerNetcom Facebook ClemsonTigerNet Twitter TigerNet RSS Feed

CLEMSON, SC – Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell announced Thursday that freshman forward Jaron Blossomgame would use a medical red-shirt and sit out the 2012-13 season. The 6-foot-7 native of Alpharetta, GA has been recovering from a broken leg suffered during a workout in April when he was still enrolled as a senior at Chattahoochee High School.

“He made a good jump in progress in late September, so we had held out hope he’d be ready ahead of schedule,” Brownell said. “He’s still improving consistently, but there has not been a significant enough jump within the last two weeks to let me know that he would be ready. He is enjoying his time at Clemson and is improving physically and mentally as a player. We will certainly miss him this season; he’s a terrific athlete who could help our depth in the frontcourt. But, he’ll be better at 22 than he will at 18.

“Adding Jaron to our signees from yesterday – Austin Ajukwa and Patrick Rooks – will be a boost to our team next season.”

Blossomgame is the most decorated of Clemson’s five-man freshman class, earning four-star status from ESPNU, who rated him the nation’s No. 94 prospect in the class of 2012. Blossomgame, a first-team AAAA all-state selection last season, averaged 25.8 points per game and was a standout on the 17 and under Georgia Stars AAU squad last summer.

“This will benefit me in the long run,” Blossomgame said. “I can gain experience by watching K.J. McDaniels at our small forward position, and see what Coach Brownell wants out of me. Our doctors said I could be 100 percent in January, but I don’t want to come back in the thick of the ACC schedule and have a tough time adjusting to college ball. If I tried to play right now, I couldn’t produce the way I want to, and that would hold me back from being the best player I could possibly be.”


Tags: Jaron Blossomgame
Swinney announces change at quarterback
Swinney announces change at quarterback
Clemson-Wake Forest game time held for 2 possible times
Clemson-Wake Forest game time held for 2 possible times
Tony Elliott talks Clemson QB switch
Tony Elliott talks Clemson QB switch
Vegas odds on Clemson-Syracuse
Vegas odds on Clemson-Syracuse
Send Feedback to TigerNet Staff: Email | Comment
Discuss on the Basketball Message Board   Print   | TigerNetcom Facebook ClemsonTigerNet Twitter TigerNet RSS Feed
Post your comments!
Clemson-Wake Forest game time held for 2 possible times
Clemson-Wake Forest game time held for 2 possible times
Tony Elliott talks Clemson QB switch
Tony Elliott talks Clemson QB switch
Swinney announces change at quarterback
Swinney announces change at quarterback
Lawrence on previous loss to Syracuse: "We didn't come ready to play"
Lawrence on previous loss to Syracuse: "We didn't come ready to play"
WATCH: Etienne sees RB rotation clicking
WATCH: Etienne sees RB rotation clicking
Two Tigers named ACC Player of the Week
Two Tigers named ACC Player of the Week
Elliott: Trevor Lawrence earns reward for production with starting role
Elliott: Trevor Lawrence earns reward for production with starting role
Latest National Championship odds for Clemson
Latest National Championship odds for Clemson
Clemson Baseball's 2018 recruiting class ranked in Top 10
Clemson Baseball's 2018 recruiting class ranked in Top 10
Sign Up for E-Mail News Alerts
Features
Breaking
Daily Digest