Emma Blair, a 6-foot-1 forward/center who will be a senior, is attracting college attention while playing for the Western PA Bruins 17U National Team this summer on the AAU circuit. Despite the ever-changing nature of the game, where more traditional “bigs” are being asked to do more away from the rim than under it, college coaches are taking notice.

“Multiple college coaches have told me that Emma is the best rebound outlet forward they have seen in a while.” Bruins coach Brian Murray said. “She has expanded her (shooting) range to 17 feet. She is very fast getting 84 feet from block to block. She has worked with multiple skills coaches including coach (Cornelious) Nesbit from Shaler on her old-time post moves.”

South Carolina Upstate, a Division I program in Valley Falls, S.C., offered a scholarship to Blair, with interest from other D1 and D2 schools. Blair is the reigning Tribune-Review Westmoreland Player of the Year.

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Author: Bill Beckner Jr., bbeckner@triblive.com

Photo Credit: Christopher Horner, Tribune Review