By Pat Lammer
Four-star junior prospect Dudley Blackwell, who helped Westminster Academy to back-to-back state championships in 2017 and 2018, is leaving Somerset Academy in Pembroke Pines for Huntington Prep in West Virginia, per Somerset Academy coach Andrew Scott.
Scott confirmed the transfer Tuesday night as Somerset Pines met Cardinal Gibbons in a district contest.
“It was a great opportunity for Dudley,” Scott said. “We talked it over with his family. It was the right thing to do because we want to get him on a national schedule to end up the season. He is playing this weekend in a big ESPN game in Tampa. First game I think he has Berkeley Prep [on Friday]. The second game [Orlando] Oak Ridge [on Saturday].”
Despite repeated attempts, Blackwell could not be reached for comment. His mother said he would be leaving Wednesday to join his new team.
The 6-foot-6 Blackwell transferred to Class 5A Somerset Pines after being a part of two 4A state championship his freshman and sophomore seasons. Somerset, however, has been beset by key injuries and struggled to a 3-14 year. Three of its original five starters have now either been lost for the year to injury or transferred.
Huntington Prep is 16-3 this season. Its only losses are to Legacy Early College, S.C., 63-62; Moravian Prep, N.C., 73-68; and IMG Academy, 83-75.
“We did a visit with them,” Scott said of Huntington Prep. “They are one of the top schools in the nation. It’s a school we’ve been talking about for a little while for him. He’s like a nephew to me, so … it’s just something that makes sense for him right now. He wants to be a McDonald’s All-American so it’s something that we think is the right fit.”
Blackwell is rated a 4-star in the 247 Sports Composite Index and is considered among the top 100 prospects in the nation. Blackwell played with Nightrydas on the travel basketball circuit.
“Wichita State has been talking to us,” Scott said. “Iowa State, of course, and I am sure a plethora [of offers] are going to come as soon as he starts playing this weekend. It’s a big week.”
Florida Gulf Coast and Oklahoma State had also offered Blackwell.
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