LSU sophomore guard Antonio Blakeney announced on Twitter on Tuesday night that he will enter the 2017 NBA draft.
It wasn’t immediately known whether Blakeney will hire an agent, which would mean he’s giving up his final two years of eligibility, or just test the draft waters, as he did a year ago following his freshman season.
Attempts to reach Blakeney were unsuccessful Tuesday night.
“I want to thank my coaches and LSU staff members for providing me with the opportunity to learn on and off the court,” he said in a tweet. “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.”
Last spring, Blakeney entertained the idea of entering the draft but did not hire an agent. Shortly after that, the Sarasota, Florida, native announced he would be returning to school for his sophomore season.
The 6-foot-4 Blakeney was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference pick this season, when he led the team in scoring at 17.2 points per game — up 4.6 points from his freshman season — while shooting 45.8 percent from the field. He also averaged 4.8 rebounds, ranking second among players who finished the season, and 1.7 assists in 32.9 minutes.
Shortly before the season ended in early March, Blakeney, whose name doesn’t appear on any mock drafts, said he would take time to sit down with his family and make a decision about his future. It wasn’t known Tuesday night whether he had submitted his name to the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee to gauge his chances.
A former McDonald’s All-American, Blakeney has started 54 of 64 games at LSU. He scored in double…