Former South Shore Boy’s Hoopster Jalen Blaize to Play for UCM

Jalen Blaize, a South Shore High School Basketball alum, signed a grant-in-aid to attend and play at Division II Univeristy of Central Missouri, head coach Doug Karleskint announced today.

Blaize will have two seasons of college basketball eligibility left for the Mules.

“We’re thrilled to add Jalen to our program,” Karleskint said in a statement. “He’s a great fit for our team on both ends of the floor, and his character will be an asset to our campus and community.”

The six-foot-three, 190-pound guard will be hitting the hardwood with UCM after spending the past two seasons playing for coach Steve Soza at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Spring, Wyoming.

There, Blaize enjoyed 14 tilts in which he scored double-figures, with a season-high of 21 points in a road win at Western Nebraska.

For the season, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native averaged 8.3 points per contest while shooting 40 percent from three-point land. The Mustangs posted a 30-4 record and captured the NJCAA Division I Region IX Title before the COVID-19 cancelled the National Champuonship.

While a high school senior, Blaize averaged 11.35 points and 1.5 assists per game in 14 contests with the Vikings during the 2016-17 regular season and had 9.75 ppg in the PSAL playoffs.

— Jerry Del Priore

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