Good to be home

CLEMSON - Jaron Blossomgame was back in Clemson for the first-time since he committed to the Tigers in February this weekend.

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A rising senior at Chattahoochee High School (Alpharetta, Ga.), Blossomgame made his way to Tigertown for the Big Shots Clemson AAU tournament, which runs until Sunday afternoon.

"It feels good to be here," he told on Saturday afternoon. "Everybody just welcomes you with open arms."

The 6-foot-7, 200-pound small forward remains pleased with the decision he made after his mid-February unofficial visit.

"It's a good school, a good coaching staff, I feel really good about it," he said.

"I just liked it a lot. It's a good coaching staff. Everything else about it was good."

Blossomgame had offers from Iowa, VCU, Wichita State and Tennessee Tech at the time of his commitment.

A few schools have stayed in contact, though Blossomgame remains solid with his pledge.

"I get a couple of phone calls here and there, that's about it. Iowa contacted me, and Georgia Tech," he said.

His Georgia Stars teammate, Kenny Gaines, visited Clemson last weekend. Gaines was unable to return for this weekend's tournament because of a school project.

"Me and him are actually real good friends. We talk about [going to the same school] a lot. He's feeling pretty confident about it," Blossomgame said. "He likes it a lot. He was up here, I think last Saturday. He told me that he liked it a lot."

He believes the Tigers have a good shot at landing Gaines.

"I think he will [go to Clemson], because we're real close," Blossomgame said. "We've been playing on the same AAU team since 15-under year, so we've got a good connection. I think it would be good if we came to the same college."

Another Stars teammate, Montay Brandon, is also a target for Clemson's 2012 class. Like Gaines, Brandon was also unable to play in the tournament.

According to Blossomgame, Brandon is also interested in Clemson.

"He likes it, too. I feel like if Kenny commits, he'll commit, too," Blossomgame said.

Clemson assistant coach Earl Grant played a big part what could potentially amount to three signees. Grant ran the point on the recruitment of the Blossomgame.

"It was real good," Blossomgame said of his relationship with Grant, before the commitment. "We would call each other a lot. I'd talk to him on the phone. He came down to my school and watched me workout."

Now, Blossomgame keeps in touch with the rest of the Tigers' coaching staff, not just Grant.

"They give me a lot of advice, some drills to get better on--stuff like that," he said.

As a junior at Chattahoochee, Blossomgame averaged 26 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots a game. Top Stories