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2019 Nike EYBL Preview: Interview with Dudley Blackwell

By D1 Circuit Staff, 04/18/19, 7:15PM EDT

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Nightrydas Elite (FL) will enter the 2019 EYBL with a ton of type, and junior Dudley Blackwell will play a major role within their rotation.

The 6-foot-6 combo guard will operate as one of the top athletes on the circuit. Blackwell transferred to prep powerhouse Huntington Prep (WV) in late January and made an immediate impact on a loaded Irish squad. 

Blackwell, who played big minutes on the Nightrydas Peach Jam qualifying E16 team a year, is excited about this year's group. We caught up with the talented junior to ask him about the Nighrydas, his goals for the season, and what he's looking to improve.

Q: How’s the move treating you? Enjoying Huntington so far?

Dudley Blackwell: The transition has been great, I had to get used to the weather change (laughs).

Q: I bet, quite the difference from Florida. What went into the decision to transfer to Huntington Prep? What sold you?

DB: Really the visit I took to check out the school. I just felt like it was an overall better situation, and it was perfect timing for the transition to playing on this platform. National schedule and more exposure for sure.

Q: Speaking of exposure, the Nightrydas. How excited are you to run on the 17U EYBL? What are your expectations?

DB: Man I can’t wait! This is going to be a big summer for us, especially with the new guys we have coming in like Naseem (Khaalid) and Scottie (Barnes). I feel like we have a great chance of going undefeated and winning Peach Jam. I mean, why not?

Q: Do you feel like you get better playing alongside elite talent?

DB: No doubt, playing with guys like (Khaalid and Barnes) only helps It spaces the floor a lot more, and they’re both unselfish. So it’ll click naturally I’m sure.

Q: What do you do best on the court right now?

DB: I feel like I’m a really good facilitator. I like to try to get everyone involved. I try to play two steps ahead of everyone else out there.

Q: What are you looking to improve on this spring and summer?

DB: Getting stronger in all aspects, that’s my main focus.

Q: Any favorite hobbies outside of sports?

DB: (laughs) I don’t know anything else, to be honest.

Q: Who is your favorite NBA player and why?

DB: I’ll have to say Paul George, because I feel like we’re similar in playing style.

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