UIC Lands 2nd 2016 Commitment From Multi-Dimensional European 2-Guard

By Roy & Harv Schmidt

November 4, 2015

8:00 P.M. CST

When Steve McClain took over as the head coach of the men's basketball program at the University Of Illinois At Chicago, he made it clear that he wanted to successfully recruit players who are multi-skilled and versatile.  There is no question that McClain and the Flames' staff have continued to do just that.  For further evidence, look no further than their latest commitment--6'8 2016 2-guard Jordan Blount from Spire Institute in Ohio, who made his pledge tonight.

Blount ended up choosing UIC over offers from Toledo, Valparaiso and Hartford.  He took official visits to all four schools, with the one to UIC taking place from Thursday to Saturday of last week.

Blount is originally from Ireland and has a rich European background, having competed in both England and Spain before coming to the United States this year.  He was the leading scorer in the European Championships this past summer.  While in Europe, Blount played at Canarius Basketball Academy which has sent approximately 60 players to the USA to play NCAA Division 1 basketball.  

As aluded to earlier, Blount is a well-rounded shooting guard who sports considerable scoring ability.  Not only does he shoot it well from 3-point range, but Blount also handles the ball well and has outstanding court vision.  As a result, his playmaking skills are almost just as strong as his ability to put the ball in the hoop.  He figures to see plenty of playing time at both the 2 and the 3 at UIC.

In addition to McClain, kudos also go out to Flames assistant coach Brendan Mullins, who was UIC's lead recruiter for Blount.  Mullins has undoubtedly proven that his strong recruiting connections go well beyond the state of Illinois.

Blount becomes the Flames' second commitment in their 2016 recruiting class.  He joins 6'4 wing Tarkus Ferguson from Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, IL, who committed to UIC early last month.

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