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Indiana’s James Blackmon to sign with agent and remain in 2017 NBA Draft

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Indiana Hoosiers talent James Blackmon will sign with an agent and remain in the 2017 NBA Draft, a source told FanRag Sports.

An official announcement is expected soon.

The 6-4 guard averaged 17.3 points last season and made 91 three-point shots while shooting an impressive 42.3 percent from long distance. He was widely regarded as one of the best shooters in college basketball.

Blackmon joins teammates OG Anunoby and Thomas Bryant, who also bypassed several years of eligibility to enter the 2017 NBA Draft early.

Another Hoosier — Robert Johnson — went through the NBA Draft process without hiring an agent and is expected to make a decision on his future this week, according a separate source.

As for other players in the process who have not yet signed with an agent, they have until the May 24 deadline to decide if they want to return to the collegiate ranks. For some context, the deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft is 10 days after the combine.

The Hoosiers hired Archie Miller as the program’s head coach in late March after firing Tom Crean. Miller was previously with Dayton. He led the Flyers to the Big Dance in four of his six seasons manning the helm. Miller has an overall coaching record of 139-63.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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