Blakeney was a HS All American and a top 15 recruit. Justified or not, ALL of those guys look at college ball as something they will only play for 1 or 2 years max before moving on to the NBA. Hell, Blakeney tested the waters after last season, a season in which he really didn't play all that well until the final 8 games or so.
He probably would have been MUCH better served coming back to LSU and playing for an actual coach rather than a YMCA camp counselor. If nothing else, he would have been forced to at least try to defend someone AND would have found out what it was like to play in a structured offense. Unfortunately, once these guys get the mindset they are future NBA players come hell or high water, there's not much you can do to convince them otherwise.
However, not getting an invite to the combine isn't a death sentence for one's NBA dreams. All you have to do is look at Tim Quarterman last year. He didn't get an invite to the combine, but that didn't stop him from taking home $500,000+ sitting on the bench in Portland this year
This post was edited on 5/5 at 3:39 pm