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Prospect Profile:
Odartey Blankson

Full Name: Odartey Blankson
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 220
Birthdate: March 12, 1982 (Blue Island, Ill.)
High School: Hillcrest HS (Country Club Hills, Ill.)
College: Nevada-Las Vegas
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Marquette
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2000-01 29 28 66 168 .393 30 54 .556 16 45 .356 160 11 27 7 178 6.10
2001-02 29 27 92 195 .472 49 82 .598 10 41 .244 179 22 25 9 243 8.40
Totals 58 55 158 363 .435 79 136 .581 26 86 .302 339 33 52 16 421 7.30
UNLV
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2003-04 31 30 189 360 .525 140 177 .791 28 77 .364 315 46 37 11 546 17.6
2004-05 31 31 193 411 .470 132 161 .820 23 79 .291 252 36 22 8 541 17.5
Totals 62 61 382 771 .495 272 338 .805 51 156 .327 567 82 59 19 1087 17.5

Originally an early entry candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration.

Career Highlights: Earned First Team All-Mountain West and All-District honors from the USBWA and NABC his junior and senior seasons. Ranks 30th on UNLV’s all-time scoring list with 1,087 career points. Finished collegiate career at UNLV after playing first two years at Marquette. Sat out 2002-03 season under NCAA transfer rules.

Senior (2004-05): Ranked sixth in the Mountain West Conference in scoring (17.0 ppg), fifth in rebounding (8.1 rpg), and tied for sixth in free throw percentage (.820). Recorded 11 double-doubles. Scored 20 or more points 13 times, including a career-high 33 points vs. BYU. Posted 31 points and 12 rebounds at Colorado State. Scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds vs. Oregon State. Grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds vs. Fort Lewis. Registered 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting vs. Arizona State in the first round of the postseason NIT.

Junior (2003-04): Led the MWC and ranked third in the nation in rebounding (10.2 rpg). Registered 19 double-doubles, third-best in the nation. Scored season-high 28 points at New Mexico. Posted a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds vs. Wyoming. Recorded 20 points and tied a career-high by grabbing 16 rebounds at Colorado State. Tallied 23 points in the title game of the Mountain West Conference tournament vs. Utah.

Sophomore (2001-02): At Marquette, averaged 8.4 points and 6.2 rebounds. Paced team in rebounding in 10 games, with a career-high 16 boards at Southern Mississippi. Scored season-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. St. Louis. Posted 12 points and 13 rebounds vs. Louisville. Led team with 19 points vs. TCU.

Freshman (2000-01): Averaged 6.1 points and team-high 5.5 rebounds. Posted two double-doubles, including a 14-point, season-high 12-rebound game at UAB. Named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.

Strengths: An excellent rebounder on the college level who will have to make the transition from power forward to the small forward position as a professional.

Personal: Majored in sociology. Sister, Candis, is an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at DePaul. Was an AAU teammate of current Portland Trail Blazer Darius Miles.