, Port Arthur, Texas


July 9, 2013

Seahawks draw Blanks in recruiting coup

PORT ARTHUR — David “D.J.” Blanks, a sophomore guard, is transferring from Glenville State University to Lamar State College-Port Arthur for the upcoming basketball season.

    Blanks started 21 games as a true freshman at Glenville State, an NCAA Division II program in West Virginia. He averaged 11.3 points, 4.5 assists and 4 rebounds during his one year at Glenville, earning the WVIAC Player of the Week award after coming off the bench for a triple-double (12 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds) in his first conference game, helping the Pioneers to an 87-83 win.

    He was also named to the WVIAC All-Freshman team and was the recipient of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, awarded to any student-athlete who maintains a 3.0 or better grade point average during the fall and spring semesters.

    “D.J. is a hard-working, fierce competitor who has a high basketball IQ,” Lamar State Head Coach Lance Madison said. “He has the skill-set to play the point and moves well without the ball allowing him to play multiple positions. He can shoot the 3, create for himself or others off the dribble, rebound, defend, and is always in constant motion.

    “I like his energy, his work ethic on and off the court and his character,” he said.

    Blanks played at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School in Akron, Ohio, the same high school where 2013 NBA MVP LeBron James attended school. During his senior season at SVSM, Blanks averaged nearly 20 points a game during his senior season. As a junior, he helped lead his school to the 2011 Division II Ohio state championship. He played for the King James Shooting Stars AAU team throughout his prep years.

    He was ranked No. 17 in Ohio as a senior by MaxPreps. After participating in the 2011 Prep Spotlight Showcase, a recruiting evaluation stated, “ No one played better than D.J. Blanks at this event.  Blanks showed us he has the complete package; a smooth jumper, great athleticism, can finish at the rim, and isn't afraid to bang with the big boys down low and fight for boards.”

    Said Blanks: “I am excited to be coming to Lamar State College for my sophomore season.  I know I will be able to achieve my dream of playing DI basketball by transferring there.  The coaching staff, level of competition, facilities, and player development programs are first class.”

    Blanks joins the Seahawks heading into Madison’s second season as head coach. Lamar State finished this past season with 21 wins and a trip to the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament where the Seahawks reached the second round of play.

    The Hawks lost three sophomores to graduation and Blanks represents the third recruit to sign with the team so far in the off-season. Jovan “Jo-Jo” Mooring of Illinois and Eric Dunham of Missouri signed earlier this summer. Both are point guards.



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    The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
    I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
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     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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