James Blackmon Jr. will reportedly enter the NBA Draft without an agent, while Colin Hartman will return to Indiana for his final season.
It's been an eventful last couple of weeks for Indiana basketball fans. Between Tom Crean's firing, Archie Miller's subsequent hiring, and commits reopening their recruitments, things have been up and down for Hoosier basketball.
This morning, though, brought some mostly positive news. According to the Indy Star's Gregg Doyel, junior shooting guard James Blackmon Jr. will declare for the 2017 NBA Draft, but he'll do so without hiring an agent. This means that Blackmon will retain his remaining one year of college eligibility, assuming he withdraws his name in time.
So that's a good start, and Hoosier fans will be hoping he returns for his senior year, especially with Archie Miller at the helm who could significantly improve Blackmon's inconsistent and often poor defense.
In some more surprising news, redshirt junior Colin Hartman, who sat out the 2016-2017 season with a knee injury, announced this morning that he will be coming back for his senior season with a video post on his Twitter account.
Check it out:
Several reports indicated Hartman had taken a full-time non-basketball job, but following Miller's hiring, he had a change of heart.
It's certainly encouraging for fans to see that potentially two veteran players could return for next year. Now Hoosier fans will have to wait and see what OG Anunoby and Thomas Bryant decide to do— they're both potential first-round picks in this year's draft, but there have been no indications as to whether they're going to leave or stay for another year.