Player Profile: Andray Blatche
#7 ANDRAY BLATCHE
Weight: 260 lbs.
Birthdate : August 22, 1986
From: South Kent Prep (CT)
High School: Henninger, Syracuse, NY
NBA Years: 6
Drafted: 49th overall (second round) by Washington in 2005
Career Transactions: Re-signed as a restricted free agent by Washington (8/17/07)…Signed to a multi-year contract extension by Washington (9/24/11).
Professionally: Has increased his scoring average (2.2 ppg in 05-06, 3.7 ppg in 06-07, 7.5 ppg in 07-08, 10.0 in 08-09, 14.1 ppg in 09-10, 16.8 ppg in 10-11) and rebounding average (1.3 rpg in 05-06, 3.4 rpg in 06-07, 5.2 rpg in 07-08, 5.3 rpg in 08-09, 6.3 rpg in 09-10, 8.2 rpg in 10-11) in each of his first six professional seasons…Became the first player in franchise history to record at least 26 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and two blocks in a game (vs. DET, 4/5)…Scored a career-high tying 36 points, and grabbed a career-high tying 19 rebounds (franchise record and 2010-11 NBA season-high 16 offensive rebounds) vs. CLE (4/1/11)…Scored a career-high 36 points on 17-of-31 from the field and grabbed 15 rebounds at NJN (2/28/10), to become the first player in the NBA in 2009-10 to have a game with at least 36 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks, and the first Washington player to accomplish that feat since Elvin Hayes posted 39 points, 19 rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocks for the Bullets vs. Seattle on 2/26/75…Made his first career start during the 2006-07 season vs. POR (2/11)...Appeared in six games for the Roanoke Dazzle of the NBA’s D-League in 2005-06 and averaged 11.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Personally: Son of Angela Oliver…Changed his uniform number to #7 from #32 prior to the 2009-10 season…Did not play organized basketball until high school...Hosted the “Thanksgiving Day Assist with Andray Blatche,” through The Andray Blatche Foundation and Wizards Care, to provide assistance on Thanksgiving Day in 2010 to deserving students and their families at a local elementary school…Is a fixture at Wizards Basketball Camps and community events, including “Salute To The Stars” and the annual “Family-to-Family Holiday Delivery”…Has also visited wounded persons at Andrews Air Force Base and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, spent time with families at the Ronald McDonald House of Northern Virginia and hosted a “Reading Time-Out” with students at a local elementary school…Participated in the “We Can!” program to promote a healthy lifestyle among children, and the “Our House, Our Rules” anti-violence writing challenge…Spent four years at Henninger High School in Syracuse, NY, before transferring to South Kent Prep (CT) for a fifth season...As a senior at Henninger, averaged 25.0 points, 18.0 rebounds and 8.0 blocks per game, and led his team to a 20-5 record…Averaged 27.5 points, 16.0 rebounds, and 6.0 blocks during his fifth-year campaign and guided South Kent to a 32-9 record…Earned co-MVP honors at the 2005 Jordan Classic.
2010-11: Appeared in 64 games (63 starts), and averaged a career-high 16.8 points and career-high and team-high 8.2 rebounds in 33.9 minutes per game…Averaged 22.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in the final nine games of the season after missing 10 games with a sprained right shoulder…Scored 20+ points in 25 contests and had 17 double-doubles…Became the first player in franchise history to record at least 26 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and two blocks in a game (vs. DET, 4/5)…Scored a career-high tying 36 points and grabbed a career-high tying 19 rebounds (franchise record 16 offensive rebounds) vs. CLE (4/1)…His 16 offensive rebounds marked an NBA season-high, and the highest total in the NBA since ’97-’98…Missed a total of 18 games due to various injuries; two due to a left hip contusion (12/7-12/8), two due to a sore left knee (12/14-12/16), 11 due to a sprained right shoulder (1/13, 3/12-3/28), two due to a sprained right hip (2/25-2/26), and one for a team suspension (12/26).