Clemson University

Spurs draft Clemson’s Blossomgame

Jaron Blossomgame is headed to San Antonio.

The Clemson forward was drafted by the Spurs in the second round with the 59th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Blossomgame worked out at the NBA Draft Combine after his junior season, didn’t sign with an agent and then opted to return to Clemson. That experience in 2016 prepared him for his senior year on the court and his latest-go round for NBA scouts.

“I took the feedback I got last year and put it to work,” he said. “Teams wanted to see me create off the dribble, help others. They wanted to see me to defend ones, twos and threes. I used my versatility this year.”

Blossomgame, a two-time all-ACC selection from Alpharetta, Ga., scored 1,733 points over his career, fifth-most in Clemson history. He averaged 17.7 points a game as a senior.

“I feel like I’m a better player now, and I’m more prepared than I was last year for the NBA,” he said.

Blossomgame and Derrick White (No. 29 pick, Colorado) will both take part in the Spurs’ summer league schedule.

“To become a professional, there’s a certain maturity level that comes with that,” Spurs assistant general manager Brian Wright said of the two four-year players. “With older guys, guys that have been through it and have had to work their way through it, I think they come in with a different level of maturity and understanding of what it takes to be a pro.”

The Associated Press contributed