Jaron Blossomgame is a 6-7, 200-pound high school forward with a collection of spectacular windmill dunks and school records for scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.
He considers himself a guard, and says his still-developing three-point shot is his favorite part of his game.
In other words, he’s just the kind of wing player that Clemson has been looking for.
After coming in as runner-up for a string of highly-rated big wings over the past several years, the Tigers added an athletic, high-potential player last recruiting cycle in K.J. McDaniels.
With the addition of Blossomgame next season, the Tigers will be able to double the trouble for opposing defenses looking to match up on the wings.
More than a year ago, Blossomgame – from Chattahoochee High in Johns Creek, GA, which sent Charlie Whitehurst, Mark Buchholz and, most recently, Ammon Lakip, to Clemson - became the Tigers’ first commitment for its class of 2012.
"It was always Clemson," Blossomgame told the Augusta Chronicle last summer. "I wanted to get it done early so I could just worry about my grades and getting better at basketball."
He followed through and signed in November as a top-100 headliner of a five-man Clemson recruiting class, and went on to a dazzling senior season – 27 points and 8 rebounds per game, while re-writing his high school’s record book.
On signing day, Clemson coach Brad Brownell described him as “extremely athletic…with a good physical body.”
He described Blossomgame’s three-point shot as “decent’ for a player of his size, and raved about his passion for the game.
“That was evident last summer as I watched him with his AAU team,” Brownell said. “He was playing with a lot of really good players, and I thought day-in and day-out through the grind of a long July, he played consistently harder than anybody else on his team. I was proud of him for that.”
Blossomgame’s high school career ended prematurely last week when Chattahoochee suffered a 68-63 upset loss to Southwest DeKalb in the Georgia Class 4-A quarterfinals.
In his final game, he scored 32 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, as he battled against Southwest DeKalb’s Shaq Goodwin, a McDonald’s All-American and a Memphis signee.
‘’Jaron had a great game,’’ Goodwin told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “As far as a slasher and perimeter player going to the hole, he’s one of the toughest we’ve played. He never gives up on a possession.’’
Chattahoochee coach Kacey Martin says that Blossomgame excels by combining great athleticism with a strong work ethic and desire to grow his game.
“He has done a great job of using his athleticism to make plays,” said Martin. “What separates him is that he’s willing to put in the work to polish the other aspects of his game.
“He doesn’t just totally rely on his athleticism. He wants to be a well-rounded player that can hurt you in different ways.”