Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Former Patterson guard Gary Blackston headed to Prairie View A&M

BALTIMORE, Maryland -- Patterson guard Gary Blackston was talented enough to play Division I basketball coming out of high school. But the 6-foot-2, 180-pound combo guard had to make alternate plans because of his transcript.

“Going to JUCO, it’ll definitely make a man out of you,” said Blackston, a second-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection in 2015. “You have to perform at a high level. It’s a lot of pressure.”

The pressure was relieved last week when Blackston committed to Prairie View A&M, a D-I school in Texas that competes in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Blackston was also recruited by Coppin State, James Madison, Lamar, Louisiana-Monroe, New Orleans, North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State, Southern Utah and Stephen F. Austin.

Blackston, who played three years at Joppatowne before transferring to Patterson for his senior year, followed the path of another Clippers star to junior college. Shakir Brown came up short of NCAA qualifying standards and went to Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas; he ultimately landed at James Madison, where he averaged 10 points and 4.7 rebounds in two seasons.


No comments: