New LSU head basketball coach Will Wade's very challenging first season just got a bit more difficult, as the Tigers' leading scorer from a season ago, guard Antonio Blakeney, has announced he will forego his junior season and enter the NBA Draft.
In a statement released by LSU, Blakeney said it was a privilege to wear the purple and gold and it was likewise an honor to battle on the floor every night. He also thanked the LSU coaches and fans.
First and foremost, I want to thank LSU for affording me the opportunity to represent the school and the men’s basketball program over the past two years. It was a privilege to wear the Purple and Gold uniform alongside my teammates. It was an honor to battle with you each and every night.
I want to thank my coaches and LSU staff members for providing me with the opportunity to learn on and off the court. I appreciate the fans who took me in as family from the day I committed, which makes this bittersweet. After weeks of discussion, thoughts and prayers, I have decided to take the next step in my basketball career. With that being said, I would like to announce that I’m entering the 2017 NBA Draft.
Blakeney averaged 17.2 points per game last year was fifth best in the SEC.
The NBA Draft is set for June 22.
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