The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

March 7, 2013

Blakeney named to first team for UNCP

Sports Correspondent
Van Holland

PEMBROKE — Tarboro native George Blakeney has continued to grow on the basketball court since he began to play the game. Now a senior for the UNC Pembroke Braves, Blakeney's work has finally paid off for him.

He did something only one other player in Braves history had ever done in basketball. He was selected to the Peach Belt Conference First-Team.

After Blakeney was selected to the first team, he etched his name into the Braves record books.

Blakeney has had a break through season. The 6-foot-9 forward recently broke the 1,000 point plato. Blakeney finished the regular season averaging nearly a double-double, with 15.1 points per game and grabbing 9.9 rebounds. The 9.9 rebounds per game is a league best. Blakeney is shooting 67 percent from the free throw line this year and is averaging almost one assist per game.

Blakeney is currently ranked 44th nationally and seventh in the league in field goal percentage at .561. He is sixth among NCAA leaders with 15 double-doubles this year.

Blakeney has scored in double figures 24 times this season and has tallied nine or more rebounds in 19 games as well.

Blakeney posted a career-high with 26 points in two games against Flager and North Georgia, in which the Braves won both. Blakeney also posted a season-high 16 rebounds twice this season.

Blakeney recently scored 21 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in a 102-91 win over USC-Aiken, which won the regular season Peach Belt Conference title.

Despite winning 10 of their last 12 games, the Braves stayed put at No. 6 in the latest NCAA Southeast Region rankings that were released Wednesday.

Blakeney and the Braves will play in the conference tournament this weekend in Georgia.

As a junior, Blakeney only averaged 10.3 points per game and 6.6 rebounds. He started 28 of 29 games and shot 59 percent from the field and 68.9 percent from the free throw line last season.

Blakeney was named to the 2011 Peach Belt Conference All-Tournament team and the 2011 Second Team All-NCCSIA team after his sophomore season.

During his sophomore season, he played in 30 games and started 29 of them. He was third on the team with 10.6 points per contest and averaged 6.4 blocks per game.

Blakeney injured his knee during his junior year of high school, but fought back after the injury and made the most of it. He averaged 19 points per game, 12 rebounds and five blocks during his senior campaign after coming back from the knee injury.

Blakeney is majoring in sports management. His mother Deborah Purvis still resides in Tarboro.