Clemson freshman Jaron Blossomgame will not play this season and plans to take a medical red-shirt. The 6-7 forward is recovering from a broken leg he suffered in April and decided it would be best not to rush back in the middle of the season.
“This will benefit me in the long run,” Blossomgame said. “I can gain experience by watching K.J. McDaniels at our small forward position, and see what Coach Brownell wants out of me. Our doctors said I could be 100 percent in January, but I don’t want to come back in the thick of the ACC schedule and have a tough time adjusting to college ball. If I tried to play right now, I couldn’t produce the way I want to, and that would hold me back from being the best player I could possibly be.”
Tigers coach Brad Brownell is on board with the decision. “He made a good jump in progress in late September, so we had held out hope he’d be ready ahead of schedule,” Brownell said. “He’s still improving consistently, but there has not been a significant enough jump within the last two weeks to let me know that he would be ready. He is enjoying his time at Clemson and is improving physically and mentally as a player. We will certainly miss him this season; he’s a terrific athlete who could help our depth in the frontcourt. But, he’ll be better at 22 than he will at 18.”
Blossomgame was rated as the 94th best player nationally in the 2012 class. He averaged almost 26 points per game as a high school senior in Alpharetta, Georgia.