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Trivante Bloodman, a 6-foot point guard from The Bronx, has drawn a slew of coaches to the gym at Olney (Ill.) Central College in recent weeks.
St. John’s assistant Tony Chiles was in on Wednesday and Johnnies coach Steve Lavin is expected back for the Region 24 tournament March 8-11.
Rutgers, Fordham and Hofstra have all called on him.
And Bloodman, a former standout at Wadleigh High, holds offers from Texas Tech, Cleveland State, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Missouri State and Utah State.
“He’s got a bunch of offers,” Olney assistant Dan Matic told SNY.tv by phone. “He’s kind of all over the board.”
Bloodman was a qualifier out of high school and will have three years of eligibility once he picks a school, which Matic said will likely be later this month.
Bloodman has played a huge part in Olney’s 23-6 record that includes a 12-4 league record and the school’s first Great Rivers Athletic Conference title since 1999.
He’s averaging 15.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals.
“It’s a good story for a kid who wasn’t getting looks out of high school,” Matic said.
“I think he’s got a chance to be pretty special. He’s got a wingspan of a 6-6 player. He’s a ball-hawk, defensively. He really disturbs things.
“Offensively, he’s unique because he can get to the lane. He knows how to draw contact. Because of the length of his arms he finishes well around the rim with contact. He has a really good knack for seeing open players. When he gets to the lane they do collapse on him.”
Matic said Bloodman is efficient and is “not looking to get his numbers.”
In a win over John A. Logan on Feb. 11, he went 7-for-8 from the field and 10-for-10 from the line for 29 points.
As for visits, he’s setting them up for Texas Tech, Colorado State and Missouri State.
“Once the season’s over, hes going to start taking visits,” Matic said.
Photo: Olney Daily Mail
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.