Odartey Blankson
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Odartey Blankson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Chicago, Ill.

High School:
Hillcrest HS

Last College:
Marquette

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 220

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
03/12/1982

Experience:
2L

UNLV CAREER

Blankson finished his third season with the Runnin' Rebels in 2004-05 ... he appeared in 62 career games at UNLV over two seasons, starting 31 of them ... he averaged 17.5 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game during his UNLV career ... he had a UNLV career field goal percentage of 49.5 percent, a 3-point percentage of 32.7 percent and a free throw percentage of 80.5 percent ... finished his UNLV career as the 30th highest scorer in program history with 1,087 points ... of the players that only played two seasons at UNLV, he ranks seventh in scoring ... he is tied for sixth on the all-time UNLV career free throw percentage chart at 80.5 percent ... he played two seasons at UNLV as he sat out 2002-03 after transferring from Marquette ... he recorded 30 double-doubles in points and rebounds in a UNLV uniform ... scored double figures in 56 of his 62 games ... following the 2003-04 season declared himself eligible for the 2004 NBA Draft, however he did not hire an agent, which kept the door open for a return to the Runnin' Rebels for his senior season ... withdrew his name from consideration before the deadline in order to return to UNLV for 2004-05.

SENIOR (2004-05)

Selected first team All-Mountain West Conference for second straight year ... member of the NABC All-District 15 second team for the second consecutive season ... named to the USBWA All-District VIII team for the second straight season as well ... averaged 17.5 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 47.0 percent from the field, 29.1 percent from 3-point range and 82.0 percent from the free throw line ... was fifth in the MWC in rebounding, sixth in scoring, tied for sixth in free throw percentage and 15th in field goal percentage ... led UNLV in scoring and rebounding and was second in field goal percentage ... had 11 double-doubles in points and rebounds, scored in double figures in 28 games and recorded double figures in rebounding 12 times ... scored 20 or more points in a game 13 times ... had three games of 30 points or more including a career-high 33 points against BYU ... led UNLV in scoring in 18 games and rebounding 21 times ... selected to the 2004-05 preseason All-MWC team.

JUNIOR (2003-04)

Selected first team All-MWC ... named to the USBWA's All-District VIII team ... also named second team All-District 15 by the NABC ... earned the MWC Player of the Week award on March 8 ... finished third in the nation in double-doubles with 19 (Connecticut's Emeka Okafor had 24 and Louisiana Tech's Paul Millsap had 20) ... his 19 double-doubles was a MWC record for a season ... had eight double-doubles in conference-only action, which was also a MWC seasonal record ... appeared in 31 games and started 30, averaging 34.4 minutes per game ... averaged a double-double for the year with 17.6 ppg and 10.2 rpg ... shot 52.5 percent from the floor, 36.4 percent from 3-point range and 79.1 percent from the free throw line ... led the MWC in rebounding, was third in scoring, sixth in free throw percentage and 10th in both field goal percentage and steals ... led UNLV in scoring, rebounding, free throw percentage, minutes played and tied for first in steals ... was third on the team in field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, assists and was tied for fourth in blocked shots ... finished ninth in the nation in rebounds per game ... scored 20 or more points in a game 12 times, which led the team ... started the season scoring double-figures in each of the first 17 games ... scored in double figures in 28 of his 31 games played ... had double-figures in rebounds in 20 games ... had a season-high and then-career-high 28 points at New Mexico ... had a season-high and career-high-tying 16 rebounds at Colorado State ... led team in scoring in 22 games and rebounding in 25 games.

JUNIOR - REDSHIRT (2002-03)

Used season as a redshirt year after transferring from Marquette.

MARQUETTE - SOPHOMORE (2001-02)

Started 27 of his 29 appearances, including the last 20 games of the year ... was second on the team in rebounding (6.2 rpg) and third in scoring (8.4 ppg) ... shot 47.2 percent from the floor ... named Conference USA Player of the Week after totaling 35 points and 21 rebounds in wins over Louisville and Saint Louis ... led the team in rebounding in 10 games ... had 11 double-figure scoring games ... had four double-figure rebounding games ... recorded three double-doubles in points and rebounds ... missed four games with a stress fracture in his left foot ... team was 26-7 overall and finished second in Conference USA's American Division with a 13-3 mark ... team lost to Tulsa in NCAA Tournament's first round.

MARQUETTE - FRESHMAN (2000-01)

Started 28 of team's 29 games ... led the team in rebounding (5.5 rpg) ... named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team ... was the first Marquette freshman to lead the team in rebounding since 1988 ... led the team in rebounding in 12 games ... recorded two double-doubles in points and rebounds ... was second on the team in steals ...team was 15-14 overall and finished third in Conference USA's American Division with a 9-7 mark.

HIGH SCHOOL

A 2000 graduate of Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, Ill. ... averaged 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists per game as a senior ... his prep team was 28-2 and ended the regular season ranked second in the state of Illinois Class AA poll ... selected as the SICA Central Player of the Year ... chosen to the Chicago Sun Times All-Area Team ... earned special mention honors on the Chicago Tribune's All-State Team ... chosen to play in the Windy City/Big Apple Classic ... as a junior, he averaged 13 points and nine rebounds per game as Hillcrest advanced to the final eight of the Class AA Tournament ... during the summer of 1999, he played for the Illinois Warriors, the runners-up at the AAU Nationals ... one of his teammates on the Warriors was Darius Miles, now a member of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers.

PERSONAL

Odartey Blankson was born March 12, 1982, in Blue Island, Ill. ... majoring in sociology ... son of Emmanuel and Annie Blankson ... his sister, Candis, is an assistant coach for the women's basketball program at DePaul.

 
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