Posted On: 04/9/18 4:57 PM
Currently checking in as a top-25 prospect in Washington’s class of 2020, 6-foot point guard Syon Blackmon is looking forward to a big 16U summer ahead.
A two-way threat who says getting to the basket and playing D are what he does best, Blackmon recently took some time out to define his skill-set in more detail to PHWA.
“My strength is getting to the basket, I love finishing around the rim and then getting into a mid-range. And then once I start feeling my mid-range out, I’ll hit some set 3s, get some kick outs and things like that,” said the Eastside Catholic sophomore.
“This high school season, my defense really took a step-up, and my coach had me guarding some of the best players in the state.”
He added: “I need to work on my ball-handling. There’s bigger guards than me on the team, so in order for me to play more, I need to play point guard.”
As a sophomore with the Crusaders, Blackmon’s role was to bring energy off the bench. He says he fulfilled that role.
“My role was to come off the bench as a sixth-man and bring some energy. I just needed to guard and get some points for the team,” he said. “It was a productive season, I’d say, we got to the dome. But, I’d expect next season to be better.”
After playing with Rotary last offseason for 15U, Blackmon has the opportunity to play with Washington Supreme 16U this spring and summer.
“It’s in the Under Armour circuit, so I’m looking forward to going to Dallas and Georgia, and hopefully get some college looks. I’m trying to get my name out there,” said Blackmon, who highlighted his recruitment goals.
“Last season, I got a couple looks from like Seattle U and U-Dub, but just some initial interest. This summer, I hope to at least open some college coach’s eyes. Some of my dream schools are in the Pac 12, like USC and Washington.”