May 2, 2006
Blair enters the NBA draft
by Matthew Hegarty, Sports Reporter
Last Monday, April 17,
In an interview last Wednesday, Blair was very optimistic about his chances to perform well in the upcoming NBA pre-draft camp from June 6-10 in
Blair mentioned that he also wanted to “just stay consistent with (his) shooting” in order to prepare himself for June 6.
He plans to work on his quickness and to “get in more of a defensive mindset before the camp.”
He is relatively small for a point guard. However, if the 2005-06 season is any indication, his size will not be much of an issue – according to www.libertyflames.com, Blair averaged almost 23 points per game. His agility was plainly evident on the court as was his ability to captain a team without senior leadership.
Blair pointed out that his small size would be an asset in the pre-draft camp. “I’m quick enough to go past two or three positions, like shooting guards or small forwards,” he said. “I can use (my size) to my advantage…For the most part, people my height don’t have my jumping ability. I can shock some people. Since they’re my size, I can do things they don’t think I can do.”
He is content to try his best and display his skills to scouts in hopes of getting drafted. “It would be a blessing to get picked up by any team,” he said. “If I had a choice, it would be
Blair said that in order to not jeopardize his eligibility, he has not contacted coaches, managers, or team associates. In addition, he did not hire an agent, and that action will serve as a contingency plan for him to possibly return to Liberty for a senior season if he does not sufficiently impress the NBA scouts on hand in Orlando.
He said his teammates and coaches were very supportive of his decision. “People around school told me they would be praying for me, that they support me 100 percent. I’ll just take that and put it in my bag and keep (the prayers) on my heart when I’m trying to go for it.”
Regardless of the outcome this June, Blair affirmed that he fully intends to complete his degree in sports management. “That’s something that can never be taken away,” he said. “I take pride in that. I always look at (my degree) as something that is beyond what any sport can do.”
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