AS Monaco kept playing a major role in the off-season market by inking forward Jaron Blossomgame to a one-year deal with an option for another season, the club announced Tuesday. Blossomgame (1.98 meters, 28 years old) arrives from ratiopharm Ulm, where he averaged 16.2 points on solid shooting (55.8% 2FG, 41.9% 3FG) and 7.6 rebounds in 19 7DAYS EuroCup games last season, helping his team reach the quarterfinals. He ranked fourth overall in PIR (19.8), second in defensive rebounds (6.1 drpg.) and sixth in scoring. Blossomgame was chosen to the All-EuroCup First Team.
Monaco adds All-EuroCup forward Blossomgame
He joined Ulm from Ironi Nahariya, where he averaged 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in 30 Israeli League games in the 2020-21 season. He started his professional career with Austin of the G League and also played for Cleveland of the NBA, as well as for Canton, Rio Grande and Windy City of the G League before joining Nahariya in 2020. He helped Austin win the G League title in 2018, averaging 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in 54 games. Blossomgame is set to make his Turkish Airlines EuroLeague debut with Monaco in the upcoming 2022-23 campaign.
"For the coming year with the new signings of recent days, we can see that the club has very big ambitions. And I want to be part of a team that works tirelessly, of a group that promotes the culture of winning, in a healthy environment," Blossomgame said after the agreement. "I watched the EuroLeague a lot, and I know it's very competitive. The teams are of a very high standard and play beautiful basketball. I'm really happy to take up this challenge. I hope we can capitalize on last year's fine run to keep Monaco among the top teams in the EuroLeague. When I see the squad, I'm optimistic."