May 3, 2006

Blue-collar Blair making things happen

DeJuan Blair played himself onto several must-get list for college programs across the country in April. The 6-foot-7, 240-pound forward from Schenley dominated the field at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest and followed up his stellar showing with a good weekend at the King James Classic.

The Pittsburgh product punches his ticket like the guys at the steels mills and is making up for lost time on the AAU circuit. He was MIA last summer because he was rehabbing a torn ACL. This year, he is showing no ill effects from the injury.

Winners of the Jam Fest and the Solon King Classic, Blair said he likes the way his JOTS team performed in the evaluation period.

"It's great to have the momentum. We need it. I want to just keep working hard and improving every aspect of my game," Blair said. "Every game is going to be tough this time of year. I want to make the best of it."

Blair is doing just that. His recruitment is feeling the rewards of his play, too.

Miami, Indiana, Xavier, Pitt and Kansas State are some of the schools involved with the three-star forward. Blair told Rivals.com in the past the Xavier and Kansas State have tendered a scholarship offer.

"I think (the Jam Fest) helped me out pretty good," Blair said. "I'm just trying to get better."


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