May 25, 2007
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
Florida State has signed 6-5 guard Chris Blake from LeFlore High School in Alabama to a National Letter of Intent to play men’s basketball for Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and the Seminoles. Blake led LeFlore to the Class 6A state championship and earned All-State First-Team honors during his senior season in 2007. A four-year starter, Blake led the Rattlers to a 125-16 overall during his career and a No.14 national ranking by USA Today with a 32-3 record during his senior season.
Blake averaged 21 points and 6 assists as a senior in earning All-State and Player of the Year honors in the City of Mobile by the Mobile Press Register. He was a finalist and was the runner-up for Mr. Basketball honors in the state of Alabama during his senior season. Blake was named to the all-tournament team at two different events during his senior season and was a starter in the Alabama-Mississippi All Star game during the 2007 season.
The Rattlers finished the season ranked No. 14 nationally by the USA Today; they were ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation during his senior season. He was named national Player of the Week by USA Today after scoring a career high 41 points in only 21 minutes in a the Area 4 Championship game against Bay Minette of Baldwin County.
“Chris is a very versatile player who will make an immediate defensive impact for the Florida State program,” said LeFlore Head Coach Otis Hughley. “He is the most unselfish player I have ever coached. The only thing that matters to him is the final score. He could have averaged more than 30 points per game on very few shots during his career. But the only shots he cares about are the good shots and the ones he knows will go in the basket. He would rather run the offense than shoot and that’s a delight for any coach. In our system we have six guys averaging in double figure scoring and he was happy playing in our system. It’s not going to surprise me if he becomes an outstanding player in the Florida State system.”
Blake led LeFlour to the state championship tournament semifinals during his sophomore and junior seasons and to the sate championship title his senior season. In winning the state championship, LeFlore was the No. 1 ranked 6A team in the state for the entire season and went wire-to-wire to become the state champions. LeFlour won its first 16 games of his senior season before falling to national power Fairfax of Los Angeles at the T-Mobile Tournament at the University of Washington in December.
“Chris comes from a winning program and is a team player,” said Hamilton. “Not only is he a very good player, but his competitive spirit and his desire to be a team player will allow him to fit in very well with our players. He has been successful and on winning teams throughout his career and that attitude will bode well for both Chris and our program.”