2008 Introduction: Caydrick Bloomquist

Emporia (KS) junior guard Caydrick Bloomquist is one of the best shooters you will find in the Midwest, which has caught the eye of an ACC school.

Clemson has showed interest in Caydrick Bloomquist after his performance last summer when he led his team to a victory over KC Pump 'N Run. They send him letters on a constant basis.

"I would love to play at a basketball school, but I just want to play D-1 so it doesn't matter," said Bloomquist, who carries a 3.8 GPA. "I would like to go into architecture because I love to draw and I am pretty sure I am going to minor in the arts."

After a 24-point performance on Tuesday night, Bloomquist is now averaging 24.5 points per game in his last four games and is shooting 59 percent from behind the 3-point line.

"I feel pretty good right now and I feel strong with my shooting from the outside," said Bloomquist, who is averaging 18 points a game on the season. "I am taking good shots and being more selective. When I do that I am going to be over 50 percent."

In the 62-54 victory over Washburn Rural (KS) High School on Tuesday, Emporia nearly squandered away a 20-point lead.

"We didn't play too great of defense in the second half and we got out-rebounded badly tonight, but that is something we have been working on," Bloomquist said. "We have been playing unselfish lately and playing with a lot of team chemistry.

Bloomquist, a 6-foot shooting guard, who can play point guard, finished with 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting including six three-pointers.

Because he shoots the ball so well, he has been labeled across the state as just a shooter. However, he is working on other areas of his game to make him a complete player.

"I have had some finishing problems in the past, but I have been working on that a lot and it has gotten a lot better," Bloomquist said. "I also want to get to the free-throw line a lot more."

He has not finalized his summer plans and is focused on leading his team back to the state tournament.

"Last year we all got a taste of what it was like, but we want to get back for our seniors," Bloomquist said. "I want to go there too and I want to get to the championship game. That is every kid's dream."

Last year as a sophomore, he set a school record with 77 three-point field goals made while shooting 43 percent. He broke the school record by 10 and could challenge that mark this year as a junior. As a sophomore he averaged 16 points a game, earned third-team all-state honors in class 5A, and lead his team into the state tournament.

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