Jahvon Blair is a Canadian-born elite student-athlete currently attending Orangeville Prep in Mono, Ontario. The 6’4″ south-paw is one of the most under the radar lead guards for the class of 2017. DraftExpress wrote of Blair, “he figures to be a very productive college player who could develop into an NBA prospect in time.” Best known for his outstanding size at his position, making clutch shot, and ball-handling, Blair is seeking to help his team, CIA Bounce, secure a spot at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: You’re running with CIA Bounce on the EYBL circuit, can you tell us about how things are going as a team and for your individually?
JB: Things are going great,. Right now, we are 3-4 heading into session 3 which isn’t to bad. On the other side of things, I’ve been playing good these last 2 session trying to get my teammates involved and being a leader on and off the floor. I’m just trying to improve my overall game at all times so I think I’m doing a good job.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar and what areas you work on?
JB: I’m a 6’4 pass first point guard who likes to get my teammates involved, but when I have to turn it on for my team, I can score the ball. I would say I have to work on everything to get to where I want to be. I feel that in order to become great you have to work on every part of your game to improve your overall skills.
EM: Recently you were the MVP in the BioSteel All Canadian Game in your home province Ontario, can you tell us a little about that and Canada’s recent emergence on the global basketball map?
JB: It was a honour to participate in the BioSteel All Canadian Game this year. This was my second time getting selected in the game as I played in it last year, so I just tried to come out and showcase my talent to everyone who was watching. I feel like I left that game on a good note as I took home the MVP. Canadian basketball is definitely on the rise and we are showing the world that we have hang with America. It’s such a blessing to be apart of something special that can also opens up doors for young Canadians.
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
JB: My favourite subject is probably international business.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
JB:As of right now, I would like to take a business major but I’m not 100% sure on what I’m going to take yet.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
JB: Off the court, I enjoy spending time family and friends . I play video games, as well. I’m a big 2k fan.
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
JB: I have offers from St. Bonaventure, Kent State, DePaul, and Hawaii.
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered:
JB: Wake Forest, Texas Tech, UNLV, Indiana, and Virginia. The list goes on and on.
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
JB: As of right now no, I’m just focusing on finishing up school and the AAU season then I’ll think about taking visits after the summer. On the camp side of things, I’ll most likely be attending the U18 Team Canada National Training Camp next month and I would love to go back to Global Challenge in Chicago. Hopefully I get invited again this year.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
JB: What’s important to me and my family is the education, coaching staff, and the school’s atmosphere.
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
JB: On the court, I would like to show my talent and continue to succeed in the sport I love to play. Off the court, I would just want to continue exemplifying what a student-athlete should look like.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
JB: If I could give advice to the youth, I would say to just keep on working hard, stay humble in whatever you do, and be the best you can be. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do because you can do anything if you put your mind to it.
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