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LSU sophomore guard Antonio Blakeney announced Tuesday night that he will enter his name in the 2017 NBA Draft. He did not indicate if he will hire an agent. Per LSUSports.net:
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“First and foremost, I want to thank LSU for affording me the opportunity to represent the school and the men’s basketball program over the past two years. It was a privilege to wear the Purple and Gold uniform alongside my teammates. It was an honor to battle with you each and every night,” he said.

“I want to thank my coaches and LSU staff members for providing me with the opportunity to learn on and off the court. 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.”

In his sophomore season, Blakeney, from Sarasota, Florida, earned second team All-SEC honors and was named first team All-Louisiana. He averaged 17.2 points per game (fifth best in the Southeastern Conference), 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He averaged 32.9 minutes per game, the fifth highest average in the league. He improved his scoring average by 4.6 points from his freshman to sophomore season.
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Lexman186 months
I have to say I wish Antonio all the best in the NBA. He stuck with LSU through the whole Simmons fiasco, and came back last year as well. Not many players with talent would have. I think he showed great character by doing so, and now it's time to chase that dream of playing pro ball. He has a shot! I hope he makes it.
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GaTiger2786 months
I'll respectfully disagree with most people here. I think he'll be a steal in a later round and have a pretty decent career. He's gonna have to put in A LOT of work tho
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jayboy50486 months
I may not necessarily agree with AB decision but he is a LSU tiger and the decision that he makes is solely his and his family... No one knows what his future holds! People automatically assume that he won't get drafted and will play overseas but I guarantee you it's probably the same thing they said about Isaiah Thomas who was the last pick in the NBA draft several years ago and was not expected to make the team and now is an all-star. Not to say that AB is IT but people always look at 'measureables' but fail to 'measure' the heart!
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SoulGlo86 months
I always liked him better than Simmons, and was hopeful that he could do well this past year. I think he owes it to himself to play with a real coach and developer for a year before entering the draft. I hope he makes the right choice when he doesn't get drafted. Best of luck either way, and thanks for being a Tiger.
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SlipperyPete86 months
Enjoy Italy Antonio!
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Bigtigah86 months
Best of luck but dude ain't getting drafted
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WJ86 months
$15/hr - developmental league. How's Topeka?
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jptiger200986 months
He'll make hundreds of thousands of dollars over seas. He and his family need the money. It's a damn shame he followed Simmons here; he's the exact same player he was in high school. LSU failed him.
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FournetteForEver786 months
He couldnt find his shot at the beginning of his freshman season. I dont know how much of that is to blame on lsu
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DVinBR86 months
He shouldve given the new coach a year
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Mouthulcer86 months
He could have just said outright that he is going to the play in Europe or the D-Leauge. I really do hope he gets drafted but I will bet anyone 3:1 that he won't get drafted.
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Tigerfan23286 months
Stupid arse
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kjntgr86 months
Very little chance he gets picked
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FournetteForEver786 months
Pelicans should give him a shot
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LSUgrad0811286 months
Hate to see him go, I was so damn excited about him when he committed and it would've been awesome to see what he could've done under a real coach. Best of luck to him though! Hopefully he'll ball out
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