Scott Blakney is taking his game to the next level.
The Prosser senior signed a letter of intent Monday to play basketball at the University of Idaho.
“I am super excited,” Blakney said. “I was talking to a couple of other schools that I liked, then I went to Idaho’s elite camp and got to talking to their coaches. A couple of months later (Sept. 1-3), I went on my official visit and committed a couple of days later.”
Much to the delight of Vandals coach Don Verlin.
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“We are excited to have Scott join our program,” Verlin said in a press release. “He has had great success both on the court and in the classroom, and we look forward to his continued growth as a Vandal.”
Blakney, a two-time all-CWAC first-team selection, said he liked the size of the Idaho campus and the basketball program as a whole.
“They are a really tight-knit organization,” he said. “It’s like a family, and that’s a good fit for me.”
The 6-foot-9, 225-pound power forward averaged 15 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots last season for the Mustangs, who lost out in the first round of the District 5/6 tournament to Toppenish by one point.
Blakney said he wanted to sign his letter of intent before his senior season started so that he can enjoy the season without the pressure of college hanging over his head.
Undecided on a major, Blakney also does not know if he will redshirt his freshman season or play for the Vandals.
“That’s up to the coaches,” he said. “Whatever they decide, I will be up for. I would prefer to redshirt so I can get comfortable with school and basketball.”
Until that time, Blakney will put his focus on the Mustangs, who started practice Monday.