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Quote"I think Dionte kind of modeled his game after Ja," East Lake coach Britt Taylor said. "Their games are very similar. That's why he wanted to go to Murray State."
As a freshman at East Lake, Blanch was a two-sport star. He played football, in part to stay connected with his older brother, Tupac, a senior at the time. Blanch made an immediate impact on the gridiron, finishing with 19 tackles and averaging 43 yards per kickoff return.
Juggling football and basketball became too much. So Blanch chose basketball.
Still, that did not stop college football programs from recruiting him. Letters from Clemson, Syracuse and other big-time schools kept piling up even after Blanch quit playing football. Blanch has more than 100 of those letters stuffed in a shoebox at home.
QuoteRay is in his fifth season and there are athletes - on a two-win team - complaining about which position they play.
That is a program that lacks a winning culture.
Ray has lost contributing players to transfer such as Tahj Eaddy (24 minutes per game for a 17-win Santa Clara squad this year); Denzel Mahoney (21 points Saturday in a 15-point win at No. 8 Villanova); LeDarrius Brewer (a double-digit scorer in his first two college seasons); and Gabe McGlothan (the Redhawks' leading rebounder last season as a freshman); each of whom should be on THIS Southeast team.
QuoteIn the basketball-crazed state of Kentucky, the town of Murray, home to Murray State Basketball, is a three to four-hour drive from Lexington and Louisville, but in their corner of the Bluegrass State over the last 25 years or so they have gone from a stepping stone basketball program to one that should be seen more like a program that can help build the careers of the coaches and players that grace their floors.
Over the last quarter century, this little school has churned out coaches, and in more recent years, players that have continually gone on to bigger things, here is a look at the coaches and players that have turned Murray State from stepping stone to building block.