Report: James Blackmon Jr. Signs Free Agent Deal With Philadelphia 76ers

Stu Jackson, Staff Writer
The Hoosier

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It didn't take long for James Blackmon Jr. to get a shot with an NBA team.

The former IU guard did not get selected in Thursday's NBA Draft, but reached a free agent deal with the Philadelphia 76ers shortly after the conclusion of the draft according to a report from The Vertical's Shams Charania.

Blackmon worked out for the 76ers on June 19, performing well enough to make an impression on the organization and lead to this opportunity.

In his final season as a Hoosier, he averaged a team-high 17 points per game and became the 50th player in program history score more than 1,000 career points. His efforts earned him Third Team All-Big Ten recognition by media covering the conference, All-Big Ten Honorable Mention from conferences coaches and distinction as one of 10 finalists for the 2017 Jerry West Award - given annually to the nation's top shooting guard. He shot 45.2 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from 3-point range in his three seasons at IU, his strongest skill that created the majority of his value as a pro prospect.


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