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Wizards 2017 NBA Draft prospect profile: SF Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson

Wizards 2017 NBA Draft prospect profile: SF Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson

The Washington Wizards hold the 52nd overall pick in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. Who will they take? Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select. Check back for more as we continue to get closer to the draft...

Name: Jaron Blossomgame
School: Clemson
Position: Small forward
Age: 23
Height: 6-7
Weight: 214
2016/17 stats: 17.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.9 bpg, 49.8 FG%, 25.5 3PT% (0.7 3P/2.8 3PA), 71.3 FT%
Projections: DraftExpress 54th, NBADraft.net 43rd

5 things to know:

*Blossomgame proved himself as a scorer in the tough ACC as a four-year player for the Clemson Tigers. He enjoyed a breakout season last year as a junior by averaging 18.7 points per game on 51.3 percent shooting from the field. As a senior, those numbers dipped to 17.6 points per game on 49.8 percent shooting, still very good for a guy who was the focus of every opposing defense.

*He is an excellent rebounder for a small forward. He averaged 6.5 boards per game in his four years at Clemson, including 8.2 as a sophomore. Last season he grabbed 6.3 per game. He had 20 double-digit rebounding games in his career, including seven games with 12 or more.

*Blossomgame's shooting ability is an interesting case to evaluate. He was not a threat from three-point range for three of his four years, but as a junior he knocked down 44.1 percent from three on 3.3 attempts per game. The next year, however, he took a major step back and posted an ugly 25.5 percent from beyond the arc. Blossomgame became consistent at the free throw line (72.3% for his career) after shooting just 59.6 percent as a freshman, so that trajectory is encouraging.

*He is the second-oldest player in DraftExpress.com's top 100 prospects group. That said, his athleticism should convince teams he has a high ceiling to tap into. He is a full 6-foot-7 with shoes, boasts a 6-foot-10 wingspan and a decent 35.5-inch vertical leap.

*He redshirted as a freshman due to a compound fracture in his leg that he suffered late in his senior year of high school. He then had another surgery on that leg the following year in 2013.

Fit with Wizards: The Wizards may not need a player like Blossomgame if they have plans to re-sign Otto Porter and/or Bojan Bogdanovic. But if they expect to let either go, Blossomgame could represent an intriguing scoring option off their bench to offset Kelly Oubre, Jr.'s defense. Blossomgame could also play some at the four position in small-ball lineups.

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Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards bring back familiar face, sources confirm

Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards bring back familiar face, sources confirm

For the Wizards, with a tough stretch coming and with John Wall still sidelined, depth and health is of the utmost importance.

With the team set to begin the second half of the 2018 NBA season on Thursday night against the Cavaliers, Scott Brooks and company decided to make a move to shore up their backcourt depth, a commodity the team cannot have enough of.

Veteran guard Ramon Sessions, who spent the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons in Washington, D.C., has been signed by the Wizards to a ten-day contract, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller confirms.

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The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN . Sessions played in 110 games for the Wizards over the course of his two seasons, playing in all 82 games during the 2015-16 season.

He joins the Wizards again having been waived by the New York Knicks on Jan. 13. Sessions averaged 12.8 mpg in 13 games for the Knicks.

Sessions is rejoining a former team for the third time in his career, having played in Milwaukee and Charlotte on two separate occasions.

 

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Wizards at Cavs: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards at Cavs: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle LeBron James, George Hill, Larry Nance, Jr. and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Where: Quicken Loans Arena
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT (pre- and postgame coverage on NBC Sports Washington Plus)
Live stream: TNTdrama.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Back in action

The Wizards return to the court after a week-long layoff due to the All-Star break. Add in the fact that they had three days off before their last game and this will be just the second game for the Wizards in the last 12 days. What is this, football?

The Wizards will try to overcome the rust to keep their momentum going. They entered the All-Star break having won seven of their last nine games. Though the time off was needed due to a wide array of injuries, the Wizards had a good thing going and will aim to recapture that against a good Cavs team.

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Tough stretch

The Wizards come back with a game against the Cavs, a difficult first assignment after such a long layoff. But this is just the beginning of what will be a very difficult part of their schedule. In their next 17 games, the Wizards will play 15 times against teams currently holding playoff spots. That includes the Warriors, Celtics, Spurs and Raptors.

The schedule is tough beyond their opponents. Four times in the next three weeks they will play back-to-back games and they have five games in the next seven nights. Hopefully the players recharged their batteries because it won't be easy.

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New-look Cavs

The Wizards and Cavs have played twice this season already and Cleveland took both of those matchups. However, that was all before the trade deadline when the Cavs overhauled their roster. They have won all three of their games since and look rejuvenated with younger players.

Now surrounding LeBron James are a host of new faces like George HIll, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr. It will be interesting to see how the Wizards match up with this new group.

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