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Antonio Blakeney to return to LSU

Antonio Blakeney, Armani Moore

LSU’s Antonio Blakeney (2) dunks as Tennessee’s Armani Moore (4) looks on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Southeastern Conference tournament in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, March 11, 2016. LSU won 84-75. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


LSU announced on Tuesday that Antonio Blakeney will be returning to for his sophomore season.

“After consulting with my coaches and with my family, I have decided to return to LSU for my sophomore season,” Blakeney said in a news release. “I believe I can further improve my skill set in different areas to become even more effective for my team in the future.

“Although I finished the year strong and posted a solid season, I think it is in my best interest to return and continue to improve as I strive and prepare to be the best I can be. This will also allow me to continue with my schoolwork and continue to move forward on my college degree.”

Blakeney is a 6-foot-3 guard that averaged 12.6 points last season, and while he’s a talented kid, he’s still got a way to improve to get to the NBA level. He’s undersized for a shooting guard -- not to mention the fact that he’s an inconsistent shooter -- and he’s not a point guard. This is the right decision, and he should be in line for a big season as a sophomore, when he’ll have the chance to be one of the focal points offensively for the Tigers.

“We’re excited about Antonio Blakeney’s decision to return for his sophomore season at LSU,” coach Johnny Jones said. “His return will automatically give us another prolific scorer and the experience factor that is needed as we continue moving forward for next season. We will work diligently to help him continue to improve this offseason as he strives to be the best.”