Antonio Blakeney Declares for 2016 NBA Draft: Latest Comments and Reaction

April 1st, 2016 by Daniel Kramer Leave a reply »

The LSU Tigers announced Friday that All-SEC freshman guard Antonio Blakeney will enter the 2016 NBA draft.  

Blakeney will not hire an agent for the time being, allowing him to retain his NCAA eligibility.

He becomes the latest underclassmen to utilize the new NCAA rules that would allow him to return for his sophomore season if he decides to pull his name.

This year, the NCAA pushed back its deadline for players to remove themselves from draft consideration to 10 days after the NBA Draft Combine. It also created more avenues for players to gauge their stock in meeting with pro teams:

Given the new protocol, Blakeney's decision didn’t come as a major surprise, per Cody Worsham of Tiger Rag:

Blakeney, who joins Ben Simmons and Tim Quarterman as the Tigers who have declared, issued a statement thanking the LSU community through Kent Lowe, the school’s associate sports information director:

I want to take this opportunity to thank God, my family, my coaches and teammates. I’ve learned some valuable lessons during my freshman year. I&rsq ...

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