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Sources: Blackmon informs IU he will stay in the draft

Sources tell Peegs.com that Indiana junior guard James Blackmon Jr. has made it official, informing IU this afternoon that he will remain in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Sources tell Peegs.com that Indiana junior guard James Blackmon Jr. has made it official, informing IU this afternoon that he will remain in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Blackmon led Indiana in scoring last year at 17.0 points and shot 42.3 percent (91-for-215) from the arc.

Blackmon is in the final stages of selecting an agent and could have a final decision on that as early as Tuesday.

Indiana sophomore center Thomas Bryant and sophomore forward OG Anunoby also declared for the NBA draft with agents, giving up their college eligibility.

Indiana junior guard Robert Johnson also has declared for the draft and not hired an agent.

Blackmon (17.0), Johnson (12.8), Bryant (12.6) and Anunoby (11.1) were the top four scorers last year based on points per game for Indiana’s 18-16 squad.

(SEE ALSO: The latest on Robert Johnson)

Anunoby is projected to be a first-round draft pick, Bryant is projected to be a second-round pick and Blackmon is not projected to be selected in the NBA’s two-round draft.

Players who have declared for the draft without an agent have until May 24 to withdraw and preserve their college eligibility.

Blackmon posted the following on his Instagram account:

"I would like to thank my family for being there through all of the ups and the downs. I would like to thank my teammates, who have became brothers to me, for pushing me everyday. I would like to thank the fans and everyone who has supported me throughout my career at Indiana University. I would like to thank God for allowing me to play a game I love. With that being said, after much reflection and discussion with my family, I have decided to remain in the 2017 NBA Draft and sign with an agent. After graduating Indiana in three years, I am thrilled to take the next step in my basketball career and pursue a lifelong dream. The past three years have been an amazing ride. Through blood, sweat, and tears, putting on that Indiana Jersey every game and playing in front of die hard Indiana fans was an honor and privilege.The past three years have brought memories and relationships I will never forget. Bloomington will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you Hoosier Nation! #newbeginnings -JBJ"


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