Blanton makes noise in Pittsburgh

He was somewhat under the radar before the event, but Temarcus Blanton really showed his skills at the Pitt Hoop Group Jam Fest.

Outside of the state of Georgia not too much was known about Locust Grove (Ga) Luella standout Temarcus Blanton before the Pitt Hoop Group Jam Fest. However a strong showing at the event changed that from a national perception, while regionally schools have long since been aware of him.

At 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, Blanton combines good size with solid athleticism and a good ability to handle the basketball to make himself very difficult to guard. Also for his part, Blanton feels his brings some good intangibles to the court as well.

"I am a slasher who can shoot the ball well," said Blanton. "Also I talk to my players. I am a good teammate who gets along with everybody on and off the court."

Recruiting wise Blanton had some high profile offers before the event, and other schools made sure to come specifically to evaluate his progress.

"I hear a lot from George Mason, Mississippi State, Mercer, Cincinnati, and a lot of interest from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Ole Miss has also offered," noted Blanton.

The offer from Ole Miss was his first one, and it is something that was special for Blanton.

"Ole Miss was my first big time offer," he explained. "When I started playing they looked at me, and I was happy to get my first big time offer."

Like Ole Miss, their in-state rival Mississippi State has also been in close contact with Blanton and showing him a significant amount of attention.

"I talk to them like every day," said Blanton of the Bulldogs. "They have come to see me workout and I know they are looking for a guard and that is why they are recruiting me."

At the moment Blanton says he is open in the recruiting process and is going to take his time before making any kind of commitment.

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