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Full Name: LaVell DeAaron Blanchard
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-7 (2.00 m)/ 215 (97.5 kg)
Birthdate: February 23, 1981 (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
High School: Ann Arbor Pioneer HS (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
College: Michigan

Three-point field goals: 1999-00, 33-for-91 (.363); 2000-01, 49-for-120 (.408); 2001-02, 41-for-116 (.353); 2002-03, 66-for-158 (.418). Totals: 189-for-485 (.390).

Career Highlights: Only player in Michigan history to lead team in scoring and rebounding all four years and only the fifth player in NCAA history to do so (most recent was Keith Van Horn of Utah). Ranks sixth all-time in school history in scoring and seventh in rebounding. Owns 26 career double-doubles.

Senior (2002-03): Tri-captain earned team MVP and was an All-Big Ten First Team pick by coaches and media. Also named to NABC/Chevrolet Division I All-District 11 First Team. Scored in double figures 24 times and reached 20 points on nine occasions. Had season-high 28 points vs. Minnesota, pouring in 24 in the second half. Ripped down season-high 12 boards vs. Iowa and Western Michigan. Had 17 points and 11 rebounds vs. Wisconsin and 19 and 10, respectively, vs. Ohio State. Scored 25 points (hitting career-high 7-of-11 three-pointers) and pulled down seven rebounds vs. Illinois. Hit 5-of-6 three-pointers vs. IUPUI.

Junior (2001-02): Named to All-Big Ten Second Team by coaches and Third Team by media. Selected to NABC/Chevrolet Division I All-District 11 Second Team. Grabbed career-high 14 boards against both Penn State and Oakland. Scored season-high 26 points against Northwestern. Closed out season with 24 points and seven boards vs. Ohio State.

Sophomore (2000-01): Was an All-Big Ten Second Team selection by coaches and media and was an NABC/Chevrolet Division I All-District 11 First Team pick. Averaged career bests in scoring (17.8 ppg, third in league) and rebounding (8.4 rpg, fourth). Posted nine double-doubles. Scored 26 points and grabbed 13 boards vs. Illinois. Scored a career-high 30 points against Iowa. Had 29 points and 13 rebounds against Northwestern.

Freshman (1999-00): Honored by media as Big Ten Freshman of the Year and coaches as Co-Big 10 Freshman of the Year (with Illinois’ Brian Cook). Also chosen for All-Big 10 Third Team by media. Missed two games with sprained knee.

Strengths: Excellent perimeter shooter who can catch-and-shoot or pull up with good balance for jumper.

Personal: A psychology major. 1999 Gatorade National Player of the Year and a McDonald’s All-American. Member of the National Honor Society in high school and a three-time recipient of the NAACP Freedom Scholar award.