Biography: One of the more intriguing players in the draft, Blakely combines a tremendous work ethic with impressive athleticism and length. However, he's considered undersized for a forward and is expected to be selected in the second round. Blakely finished his collegiate career at Vermont, leading the team with averages of 17.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.9 blocks. His ability to contribute on both ends of the floor makes him very attractive to scouts, and his long wingspan could help him become a solid rebounder in the NBA. He also ranked third in America East with 3.5 turnovers per game as a senior, proving he'll need to improve his play with the ball. Blakely is a two-time conference player of the year, and shot 57.1 percent from the floor in his career with the Catamounts. He helped them win the 2010 America East tournament, averaging 16.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Blakely followed that up by scoring 17 points and grabbing nine rebounds with four steals in a 79-56 loss to fourth-ranked Syracuse in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. While he thrived in college, the biggest concern surrounding Blakely is his inexperience against ranked opponents. He faced Top 25 teams only three times in college, and that could pose a question as to whether he's prepared to make the move to the NBA. Still, his athletic ability and potential could be enough to get him drafted by a team looking to add depth at forward.
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