Eric Bledsoe, a 6-foot point guard from Hayes High School in Birmingham, Ala., will be a name that gets a lot of run this spring. The class of 2009 floor general started his AAU with a bang last weekend and hopes to have even more success in April.
Bledsoe spearheaded his team to 24 wins this past season and a run to the championship game in last weekend's Southern Shootout.
His recipe for success is simple: defend, control the game and make crisp passes and play unselfish. Bledsoe embodied all of that during his junior year.
"My shooting got better this year," Bledsoe says, "and I'm trying to get taller. That's all I want to do."
Mother Nature controls one of those. He controls the other. Bledsoe said he is doing what he can with his shot.
"I've been working on my shot and trying to develop my shot," Bledsoe said. "I want to have a nice stop and pull up jump shot. I want to be a guy that people have to worry about."
Leading the way for his Birmingham Ice team, Bledsoe hopes to have success at stops like the Real Deal on the Hill next month in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
"This is a big spring because we want to win some more tournaments," he said. "We've been playing together since the seventh grade and we are hungry."
Recruiting is going well, he said, and hopes to see it improve even more after the spring.
Bledsoe said he has heard from Marquette, Ole Miss, Florida, Alabama, Auburn and UAB. Bradley, Georgia State, Missouri and others are also in the mix.
"No one really stands out just yet," he said. "I'd like to find a team that can run because that is what I like to do."