This should be the 9th and final installment of "New Knights" and "GU Recruits" for the 2010-11 season. When I sat down at my computer to research Darrell Blanton, I honestly thought I'd find some ho-hum stuff on just another guy. Here's Blanton in a nutshell: high-scoring Division I signee, juco All-American, and all-state high schooler who drew comparisons to NBA stars. Pretty decent first impression, huh?
Below is some more info on Blanton. Let's hope everyone sticks around so next off-season we only need to talk about the replacements for seniors Danard Crouch, Travis Brannen, and Kareem Brown.
* A May 30, 2010 story from the Akron Beacon-Journal stated: "Rivals.com is reporting that Darrell Blanton, a Chicago junior college player originally from Euclid, has signed a letter of intent to play at Akron. A team source tells me that Blanton, a 6-foot-3 forward, will likely be a walk-on in 2010 if his grades are sufficient." I'm not sure if Blanton didn't make the grade at Akron or if a Gannon scholarship offer was better than walking on for the Zips.
* Blanton played his sophomore season at Kennedy-King (IL) College in Chicago. If you know Kennedy-King's nickname, I'll buy you a bag of popcorn at Gannon's home opener. If you know Blanton's stats at Kennedy-King, I'll buy you a drink as well. K-K has very little information on their website but they are the proud owners of one of the lamest schedule pages in all of college basketball.
* Blanton was an honorable mention NJCAA Division I All-American at Kennedy-King.
* He was named Player of the Week for his region after two games with cumulative stats of 52 points (64.7 percent from field), 17 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 blocks.
* As a freshman, Blanton played at Fort Scott (KS) Community College, where he averaged 17.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.2 steals, and 1 block per game. He shot 55% from the field and 64% from the foul line.
* At FSCC, Blanton was named to the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference honorable mention team. If you're thinking you've heard of that conference before, it's where GU recruits Anthony Clagett and Dennis Rumph played last year.
* At Euclid High School, Blanton received several honors including Division I All-Ohio 3rd team All-State by Ohio Prep Stars and Honorable Mention All-State by the Associated Press. He was also accorded Northeast Lakes All-District 1st team accolades after averaging 19.1 ppg in 2007-08.
* Blanton was the #40 senior in Ohio in 2008 as rated by Hoop Scoop Online. Everybody from #52 and up was either going Division I or uncommitted to a college.
* The info related to Blanton's high school days that really jumped out to me were the statements made by his former assistant coach at Euclid when talking about a current EHS player. Tedd Kwasniak, who won back-to-back state championships as the head coach at Villa Angela-St. Joseph in 1994 and 1995, is an assistant at Euclid. Talking about Demetrius Treadwell, Kwasniak "brought up names such as former NBA player Ruben Patterson, current New Orleans Hornet forward James Posey, former VASJ standout Jerome Davis, former St. Joe's and Ohio State standout Treg Lee, and former All-Ohioan Darrell Blanton - a Euclid grad."
* I couldn't find a photo online of Blanton, so I'll pretend that this is him. Man can that kid get up!
So that's all the new Knights. We've pretty much exhausted every detail of the entire Gannon roster and we talked about a guy who was never on the roster. What do we do for the next two months until the Gary Miller Classic? Research Cedarville, I guess.