By CODY WORSHAM
Tiger Rag Editor
Antonio Blakeney will be back at LSU next season, the school announced Tuesday afternoon.
Blakeney, who will be a sophomore in 2016-17, had entered his name in the NBA Draft, but withdrew from consideration just weeks later.
“After consulting with my coaches and with my family, I have decided to return to LSU for my sophomore season,” Blakeney said in a statement. “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 averaged 12.6 points per game as a freshman in 2015-16, including 18.6 points over LSU’s last 11 games. He also hit 28 free throws in a row during a five-game stretch late in the season.
“We’re excited about Antonio Blakeney’s decision to return for his sophomore season at LSU,” said LSU Head Men’s Basketball Coach Johnny Jones. “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.”