Posted On: 11/29/18 5:26 PM
After a very strong sophomore season, 6-foot-4 combo-guard Chris Youngblood is off to a scorching start to his junior season at East Coweta.
Traditionally known as a sharpshooting specialist, Youngblood is still that, but it’s diversifying his skill-set that’s making a difference in his offensive production.
“I’m a scorer, I use to be a pure shooter, but I’ve been working on my slashing game and finishing at the rim at a high level,” said Youngblood. “And I’m working on my dribbling and becoming a point guard now.”
Youngblood followed a big sophomore season last winter with an ultra-successful offseason for Georgia Knights 16U, one of the state’s best grassroots teams.
“My (Georgia Knights) coach put me in a great position to be scouted, seen and recruited, and I think I performed up to my potential,” said Youngblood.
Now, his junior season with the Indians is well underway. His team is off to an 8-0 start, and Youngblood is getting comfortable in his role as a top prospect.
“As a sophomore I had to step up my game, it was the first season I was really depended on. And one thing I’m getting better at this season is being consistent. I’m averaging around 20 points and eight rebounds. And I’m working on becoming a leader and stepping up that way,” said Youngblood.
With a big junior year ahead and an important 17U summer after that, the recruitment is something that could ramp up for Youngblood. He reports recently receiving an offer from Division I program Arkansas-Little Rock. He says Georgia, Georgia Tech, Iowa, UNC-Greensboro, Georgia State and Middle Tennessee State have been showing interest.
“I’m looking for the interest I’m getting to turn into offers by the end of the season,” said Youngblood. “So I’m just continuing to work hard.”