This is the second surgery within the last 13 months for the 6-foot-7 swingman, who suffered the break during a workout in Alpharetta, GA as a high school senior.
"It's not a necessity, but it was determined if I want to be 100 percent by
November, the surgery's the best thing to do," Jaron Blossomgame said. "This should
jump-start the healing process. It's going to help me out in the long run, so I'm
not down on myself about it. By the end of August, I should be able to start
shooting and running. As soon as the wound has healed here in a couple of weeks, I
will be able to start pool therapy."
Blossomgame red-shirted last season and was Clemson's highest-rated signee in the
class of 2012, earning four-star acclaim from ESPNU. He averaged 25 points per game
as a senior at Chattahoochee High School, and was a member of the Georgia Stars U17
"Clemson fans, just stick with me," he said. "I'll get there eventually. It's not
something that will hold me back; I still plan on contributing this season."
Head Coach Brad Brownell on Blossomgame's surgery:
"Over the course of the last six weeks, we noticed Jaron wasn't progressing as well
as he had been. Doctors have periodically x-rayed his leg and noticed the healing
had slowed tremendously. All of us thought this was the best decision to give him
the best chance to play next year.
"It's a minor setback for Jaron, and it's unfortunate he won't be able to play on
our trip to Italy. We've always tried to look at the big picture and do what's best
for Jaron. He needs to feel healthy in order to be at his best. Most people don't
realize how difficult the injury was.
"Jaron is a positive person and an extremely hard worker; this will just be another
hurdle for him to clear. We have full confidence he'll be able to play next season,
but this will set him back this summer and into fall workouts. Hopefully, he's able
to go at the beginning of practice. He's such a tough-minded, competitive kid that
we're confident he'll be fine next season."
Blossomgame has surgery
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