Former Cardinal Mooney standout Blakeney taking over basketball prep scene

Antonio Blakeney

Antonio Blakeney

12/2014
By DAVID GAULMAN
Sarasota Phoenix Correspondent

Blakeney has captivated the nation recently with his highlight tapes and posturizing dunks, putting him on the national map.

Sarasota is known for its talented basketball players, but Antonio Blakeney may go own as the best.

The former Cardinal Mooney standout who transferred to Oak Ridge high school in Orlando still trains here and is a product of the 941.

The 6-4 170 pound guard is ranked the number 16th player in the 247sports class of  2015 and is thought of as the best scoring guard in that class.

In two seasons at Mooney, Blakeney averaged 24.8 points per game while grabbing 7.6 rebounds. He left the Cougars after tallying 1,036 points in those two years.

Recently Blakeney committed to the University of Louisville while on a recruitment visit, but withdrew that commitment just 11 days later.

“I feel like I made a quick emotional decision based on some of the wrong reasons,” Blakeney told CBSSports.com.

None the less, he hasn’t discounted the Cardinals as a landing spot.

“I am still really considering Louisville heavily I like everything about there program,  coaches and fans,” Blakeney said.

In his first game of the season, the five star guard dropped 63 points in an 85-84 win over Liberty Christian Prep.

“Really, all I was thinking about was winning the game and doing whatever it took to win,” said Blakeney.

What truly separates the 17-year old from other talented players, is his work ethic.

Following the 63-point outing, Blakeney asked his skills trainer Mark Edwards, “what time are we working out tomorrow?”

Florida State, University of Florida, LSU, USC and Kentucky are all still in the running for the standout guard. However, Kentucky and Louisville seem to be the favorite to
land Blakeney’s services.

He admits speaking with Calipari each week, and his admiration for the coach.

“They’re just telling me that they feel they can help me reach my full potential and that I’m a priority for them,” he said. “They really want me to come in and play and  compete.”

It still remains to be seen how good Blakeney can be, his potential is limitless and it will be exciting to see him reach it.

 

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