CLEMSON — Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame underwent surgery Tuesday to aid the healing of the compound fracture of his left leg that occurred last April. This is the second surgery within the past 13 months for the 6-foot-7 swingman, who suffered the break during a workout in Alpharetta, Ga., as a high school senior.
“It’s not a necessity, but it was determined if I want to be 100 percent by November, the surgery’s the best thing to do,” Blossomgame said. “This should jump-start the healing process. It’s going to help me out in the long run, so I’m not down on myself about it.”
He expects to be able to start shooting and running by the end of August.
Blossomgame red-shirted last season and was Clemson’s highest-rated signee in the class of 2012, earning four-stars from ESPNU. He averaged 25 points per game as a senior at Chattahoochee High, and was a member of the Georgia Stars U17 AAU team.
“Clemson fans, just stick with me,” he said. “I’ll get there eventually. It’s not something that will hold me back; I still plan on contributing this season.”
“It’s a minor setback for Jaron,” coach Brad Brownell said. “We’ve always tried to look at the big picture and do what’s best for Jaron.
“Jaron is a positive person and an extremely hard worker; this will just be another hurdle for him to clear. He’s such a tough-minded, competitive kid that we’re confident he’ll be fine next season.”