Dudley Blackwell, ranked by PrepHoops.com as the the No. 5 junior in the state of Florida, has transferred from Somerset Academy in Pembroke Pines to Huntington Prep in West Virginia.
The move was confirmed Tuesday by Somerset Pines coach Andrew Scott.
“It was a great opportunity for Dudley,” Scott said. “We talked it over with his family. It was the right thing to do because we want to get him on a national schedule to end up the season. He is playing this weekend in a big ESPN game in Tampa. First game I think he has Berkeley Prep [on Friday]. The second game [Orlando] Oak Ridge [on Saturday].”
Blackwell could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The talented 6-foot-6 combo guard had transferred to Class 5A Somerset Pines after being a part of two state championship squads at 4A Westminster Academy his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Somerset, however, has been beset by key injuries this season and struggled to a 3-14 year.
In Blackwell’s two seasons at Westminster Academy, coach Ehren Wallhoff’s squad posted a 52-10 mark. Last March, Blackwell posted a triple-double (12 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists) in the Lions’ 76-64 victory over SLAM Academy in the 4A state semifinals at The Lakeland Center. He then scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and had 7 assists in the state championship game — an 89-64 victory over Master’s Academy. Blackwell played with Nightrydas on the travel basketball circuit.
Huntington Prep is 16-3 this season. Its only losses are to Legacy Early College, S.C., 63-62; Moravian Prep, N.C., 73-68; and IMG Academy, 83-75.
“We did a visit with them,” Scott said of Huntington Prep. “They are one of the top schools in the nation. It’s a school we’ve been talking about for a little while for him. He’s like a nephew to me, so … it’s just something that makes sense for him right now. He wants to be a McDonald’s All-American so it’s something that we think is the right fit.”
Blackwell is rated a 4-star in the 247 Sports Composite Index.
“Wichita State has been talking to us,” Scott said. “Iowa State, of course, and I am sure a plethora [of offers] are going to come as soon as he starts playing this weekend. It’s a big week.”
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