Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sharpshooting guard Blake Warrington reaches 1,000-point milestone of his OU-C basketball career

Blake Warrington (left) and OU-C coach AJ McCray

While Blake Warrington’s offensive strength is his long shot, his ability to impact a basketball game as a prolific scorer is far from a long-shot proposition.

Warrington, a graduate of Wellston High School, recently scored the 1,000th point of his Ohio University-Chillicothe basketball career, netting the landmark basket in a recent game against the University of Rio Grande. The 6-foot-3 sharpshooting senior guard needed about 60 games to reach the milestone, and he is averaging approximately 16.5 points per game during his college career.

“My strong point is probably my outside shooting,” Warrington said in discussing his game. “This has been a pretty awesome accomplishment. Last year, our coach (AJ McCray) started talking about my getting near 1,000 points, and that is when I realized it was possible.”

During his college career, Warrington has adjusted his game from being primarily a perimeter player.

“In high school, I was mainly a jump-shooter, and I have had to adjust to the college game,” he said. “Here, I am going up against more athletic players, and I have needed to step up my game and learn to do more than shoot just 3-pointers.”

Warrington is more than just a scorer.

“As a shooter, Blake has unlimited range. But, beyond that, he is the epitome of a team player,” OU-C men’s basketball Coach AJ  McCray said. “He gets along with his teammates and blends in well with others. Most importantly, he is a good student.”

Playing basketball at OU-C has helped Warrington fulfill a long-time goal of his.

“Playing college basketball has been a dream of mine for a long time,” Warrington said. “I enjoy playing basketball at OU-C. It is a lot of hard work, but I have gotten a lot out of it. I really like my teammates, and we are like brothers. Many of the players are from this region, and it is a cool experience to play on the same team as players I competed against in high school. Plus, knowing them made the transition easier as a freshman.”

“Being on the basketball team has added to the overall college experience for me. It is something I enjoy and helps to provide motivation and focus,” Warrington said.

Warrington, a business management major, is able to apply many of his classroom principles to his basketball pursuits.

“I took a time-management course as a freshman, and much of what we studied has paid off. For example, with basketball, I have to learn how to balance everything, such as classes, studying and family. I am sure this will help me in the future, as well,” Warrington said.

That approach mirrors the vision that McCray has for the men’s basketball program.

“Although basketball requires work, I want the players to have fun and to look forward to going to practice. Hopefully, competing in basketball adds to their college experience and makes it more well-rounded,” McCray said.

“I explain to the players that, in the real world, they will have tough bosses and will have to meet deadlines. From playing basketball, they can learn qualities that will help them in the workplace, such as being accountable and the importance of teamwork.”

OU-C fields a robust athletic program with top-notch facilities, and its teams are members of the Ohio Regional Campus Conference. Competing in athletics allows students to pursue activities they were involved in high school, which adds to the overall college experience.

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