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.