SU And WVU On Blatche's List

Andray Blatche felt more like he was playing dodge ball than basketball at the recent USA Basketball Youth Development Festival.<br><br>

The long 6-10, 236 pound power forward from Syracuse, N.Y., was a magnet for pain, rolling his ankle in a pair of games for the Bronze medal winning East squad. Despite the injuries, Blatche averaged 11.2 points and 9.4 rebounds.

Toss in the fact that Blatche played just three minutes and didn't score a single point in the East's thrilling 121-120 victory over the West in the Bronze medal game, and his averages go up to a nifty 14 point and 12 rebound output per contest.

"I twisted it twice in two different directions and in two different games, and right now, it's real sore and I can't really play on it that much," he said following the Bronze medal game. "I started the game, but then I couldn't play on it, so I decided to pull myself out before I would make it even worse."

"I am just going to go home, ice it up and get ready for ABCD Camp," Blatche concluded.

Blatche first went down during the East's final pool game on Saturday morning. He gave it a go in both Saturday's semis and Sunday's medal round, but was clearly affected by the bum ankle.

"They just said it was a real bad sprain," he said. "I didn't have it X-rayed, but I might have it looked at when I get home if it still hurts."

Blatche, who plans on transferring to the South Kent School in Connecticut this fall, has narrowed his list to two programs: West Virginia and Syracuse.

"I am going to commit to either West Virginia or Syracuse," Blatche. "Right now, it's looking like Syracuse, but I am not sure."

A product of Heninger H.S. in Syracuse, Blatche took his only official visit last year to West Virginia. So he's quite familiar with both programs.

"I like the coaching staff -- I met all of the coaches and they are all real good fellas." Blatche said. "They're both good campuses."

"At West Virginia, the campus is the city, and I like that," Blatche continued. "As for Syracuse, I am from Syracuse, so all of my family could come and see me, so I like both of them, I just have to weigh it out."

It isn't lost on Blatche that South Kent produced a first round NBA Draft pick this year in Dorell Wright. And in the end, that could obscure the two colleges on his list.

"I am looking at college as a short-term thing," Blatche admitted. "I would like to go to the NBA as soon as I can."

He's encouraged by Wright's leap to the pros, and a strong year at South Kent could have him following in the footsteps of the athletic 6-7 forward from California (who was tabbed 20th by the Miami Heat last week).

"It's going to influence me a lot, to see someone that I know make it to the NBA out of high school, which is the same school I am about to go to," Blatche said. "It makes me want to go there and work hard just to see that."

Assuming he's healed and ready to go next week, Blatche will begin that journey at the Reebok ABCD Camp in New Jersey. He'll then team up with Duke bound Greg Paulus on the Syracuse-Rochester Area Players squad at a number of events this summer.

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