UNC Calls On Blakeney

A new player on North Carolina's 2015 radar is Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge guard Antonio Blakeney.

The UNC staff watched Blakeney, a 6-foot-4 scoring guard who ran with the E1T1 16 team in July, and have begun the recruiting process with him.

"They gave me a call," Blakeney said. "It was an assistant. He said they are about to offer. He said he had to get me on the phone with the head coach before they would do that. But he said they would offer."

"They said they are going to offer," he reiterated. "They are going to come watch me in September at my high school."

Blakeney said he thinks the entire Carolina staff watched him play in July.

"I'm really interested in Carolina," Blakeney said. "Carolina is a real good school. They are always making the tournament and stuff like that. That's a good place to be."

To go with the interest from UNC, Blakeney claims scholarship offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas State, Louisville, Miami, Missouri, Notre Dame, South Florida, UCF, Vanderbilt, Xavier, Arkansas and South Carolina.

According to Blakeney, Florida has been on him the longest. He's set to visit the Gators on Aug. 31 for an unofficial visit.

"They've been involved the longest actually and they are coming at me the hardest," Blakeney said. "That's the thing, they have come at me the hardest so far, but I'm still open to every school. Florida State has come at me pretty hard too."

"It's an in-state school that is a big, big program," he added about the Gators. "They have a good name. If I went there I know I'd be able to play good basketball under some good coaches."

Florida State is also heavily recruiting Blakeney.

"The conference you are in you'd be playing against the best," he said about the Seminoles. "It's pretty much the best conference. They have real good coaches. They produce pros and stuff like that."

Despite the early attention, Blakeney isn't planning to make an early college choice.

"I'm not sure yet," he said when asked about making an early decision. "Right now I think I'm going to wait it out and weigh my options and try and take all my visits."

Blakeney has the reputation of a scorer. He said he thought his summer went "pretty well."

"I try and bring good leadership and unselfishness," Blakeney said. "Obviously I'm able to score the ball and shoot it and stuff like that."

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