On Blake: Senior point guard and All-America candidate who has played his way among the country's elite ball-handlers and playmakers … has developed a knack for crunch-time scoring in big games, and has put up his best numbers against the Terps' best competition … Maryland is 82-25 with a national championship and two trips to the Final Four, with Blake as its starting point guard through three college seasons … Maryland's all-time assists leader with 751 … already boasts three of Maryland's top four seasons for assists, including 248 as a sophomore and 286 as a junior … averages 7.3 points and 7.0 assists per game through his career … ACC assist leader the past two seasons including a Maryland season record of 7.9 per game while leading the Terps to an ACC regular season title and the NCAA championship … enters his senior season ranked fifth among ACC career leaders in assist average (7.02) … is ninth in ACC history in career assists (751) … is on pace to challenge the top assist-makers in NCAA and ACC history and become just the fourth college player ever to register 1,000 assists (Bobby Hurley, Duke, 1,076; Chris Corchiani, NC State, 1,038; Ed Cota, North Carolina, 1,030) … needs 221 points and 249 assists to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 assists in his career … ranks seventh in school history with 118 career 3-pointers … ranks sixth in school history with 184 steals … starter in 105 of 107 games since arriving at Maryland as a true freshman, including 78 consecutive.
Williams on Blake: "Steve Blake has done everything you can ask any point guard to do. Steve’s been a three-year starter. He’s got a chance to become a leader of this year’s team. His experience from winning a national championship certainly makes him one of the top returning point guards in the country this year. He’s played against all of the great point guards that have played in the last three years. I don’t think any point guard has done more for his team than Steve has done for our team. I think he is a definite All-America candidate for his senior year."
2001-02: Started all 36 games of Terps' national championship team of 2002 … Terrapin floor leader who achieved honorable mention All-America, third team All-ACC, honorable mention All-ACC Defensive team and second team ACC All-Tournament honors … led the ACC in assists for the second straight season with a school record 7.9 assists per game … became Maryland’s career assists leader as a junior with a new total of 751, and he established a new single-season record with 286 … career-high with 10 rebounds against Arizona at the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic … established a career scoring high with 20 points one night later vs. Temple in the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic, and surpassed that with 21 points vs. NC State in the ACC Tournament … new career-high 14 assists against North Carolina … career-high with four blocked shots in Maryland’s 76-63 win over No. 2 Illinois … had 13 assists against Duke on Feb. 17 to tie the Maryland all-time assists record, breaking the mark one game later at Clemson ... dished his 700th career assist in his 100th career game, against Florida State in the ACC Tournament …third double-double of the season came in the ACC Tournament vs. NC State, adding 11 assists to a career-high 21 points and a career high-tying six steals … posted second straight double-double and fourth of the year with 11 points and 11 assists in the NCAA First Round game vs. Siena … registered 11 assists in the NCAA national semifinal game vs. Kansas.
2000-01: Started all 36 games of Terps' Final Four run of 2001 … Terps' floor leader who led the ACC in assists, 6.9 per game, and a school record 248 overall … first Terrapin to lead the league in assists since John Lucas in 1974 … assist average ranked ninth nationally … honorable mention All-ACC, though the second-leading vote-getter among point guards … in the NCAA Tournament, averaged 9.4 points and 6.0 assists, shot 56.7 percent (17 of 30) from the field and 50 percent (6 of 12) from 3-point range … averaged 7.0 points and 10.0 assists in two games of the ACC Tournament … in the ACC semifinal against Duke, registered 11 assists and buried a 3-pointer with 8.1 seconds remaining to knot the score at 82 … had just the second double-double of his career with an 11-point, 11-assist performance in Maryland's road win at Duke … perhaps his best game was his 11-point, nine-assist outing against the Devils at Cole Field House … during that game, he limited court rival and former USA teammate Jay Williams to just 13 points, with 10 turnovers, before Blake fouled out with 1:51 in regulation … limited Williams to a combined 26 points and 10 assists in two regular season meetings against Duke … season-high eight rebounds occurred vs. Duke in the ACC Tournament, and vs. Norfolk State on Dec. 23 … career-high 13 assists came against Stony Brook on Dec. 6 … increased his scoring late in the season, scoring in double figures in nine of his last 18 games … averaged 8.6 points in his final 18 games, compared to 5.2 in the first half of the season … shot 50 percent (24 of 48) from 3-point range during the last half of the season … hit all three 3-point attempts against Stanford in the NCAA West Region final … scored 13 points in each of the Terps' final NCAA Tourney games against Stanford and Duke.
1999-00: ACC All-Freshman Team, honorable mention All-ACC and honorable mention ACC All-Defensive Team … starting point guard for 33 of 35 games played during his first college season … led Terps with 6.2 assists and was third among all NCAA freshmen … the fifth freshman ever to lead the Terps in assists … second on the team with 2.0 steals … fourth in the ACC in both steals and assists … set Terrapin freshman record with 217 assists while tying the class mark with 71 steals … supplanted former Terp great John Lucas as the freshman assists leader … became just the fourth Maryland player ever to surpass 200 assists in a season … finished his freshman campaign with the second-best assist figure in Maryland history, just four shy of record-holder Keith Gatlin's 221 in 1985 … his steals were sixth all-time, tied with current Harlem Globetrotters star Johnny "Ace" Rhodes … was second on Terps with 37 3-point field goals, and fifth in scoring with 7.0 points per game … increased his scoring as the season continued, scoring in double figures in four straight games entering the ACC Tournament (14.3 avg.) … one of four Terrapin starters to average at least 30 minutes per game (31.9) … scored his season-high 17 points in a March 1 home win over Florida State … also added 10 assists for a double-double in points and assists against the Seminoles … posted season-high 11 assists vs. Tulane and Illinois … had 10 vs. Florida State, and three games with nine assists (at NC State, at UNC, at Wake Forest).
High School: Graduated from Oak Hill Academy in 1999 … compiled an amazing 100-4 high school record between three different schools … All-America honorable mention selection following his senior season by USA Today … named the runner-up for the “Mr. Basketball” award in the state of Virginia following his senior season at Oak Hill … ranked as the second-best prep point guard by recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons … ranked as the sixth-best point guard entering the collegiate ranks in 1999-00 by recruiting expert Brick Oettinger … named as the 44th-best overall player in the prep class of 1999 by Recruiter’s Handbook and the ACC Area Sports Journal … in the final game of his high school career, Blake led a team of ACC future stars past a team of future SEC stars, 145-115, in Reynolds Coliseum on the NC State campus in the Fila/USA Hoops Challenge … helped lead the Capital team to victory in the D.C.-area Capital Classic … At Oak Hill: Started at point guard and averaged 8.8 points and 7.3 assists as Oak Hill was named the high school national champion by USA Today, ESPN and the Associated Press … Oak Hill continued its outstanding tradition with a perfect 31-0 record, becoming the school’s third undefeated team in nine seasons (1991-99) … Oak Hill defeated seven of the top 25 nationally ranked teams during the season … scored 16 points and added 10 assists as Oak Hill defeated Mt. Zion (N.C.) to win the championship of the Reebok Invitational/Las Vegas Holiday Tournament … named to the all-tournament team at Las Vegas … averaged 6.3 assists in three games as Oak Hill won the Glaxo-Wellcome Holiday Tournament in Raleigh, N.C. … credited with six assists as Oak Hill defeated Christ the King (N.Y.) in the championship game … season-high 13 assists came at Minnetonka (Minn.) High School on Jan. 30 … coach at Oak Hill was Steve Smith … At Miami Senior: The starting point guard at Miami Senior High School as a junior … led Miami Senior to a 36-1 record and the 6A Florida state championship … team was ranked No. 4 in the final rankings by USA Today … was an honorable mention All-America selection by USA Today, all-state second team selection, all-county first team choice and a member of the state championship series all-tournament team … all-tournament team selection at the Iolani Tournament (Hawaii) … was selected to the all-tournament team and named the most valuable player at the Chelsea Tournament (Boston) … scored 14 points, 12 from 3-point range, as Miami won the 1998 state championship … scored 17 points for Miami Senior while defeating Dillard in the Wilt Chamberlain Rising Star Shootout with the tournament’s namesake in attendance … played for coach Frank Martin … At Miami Killian: Played on the varsity as a freshman and sophomore at Miami Killian … starting point guard who led Killian to a 33-3 record and to the semifinals of the 6A state tournament … the first point guard to take Killian to the state semifinals in 19 years … named to the state championship series all-tournament team and was an all-state honorable mention selection … earned all-tournament team honors in the junior Orange Bowl Classic as a freshman and sophomore … all-county first team as a sophomore and second team as a freshman … coach at Killian was Gabe Corchiani.
International: Helped lead the United States to a silver medal in the 2000 World Championship qualifying tournament, and a gold medal in the 1998 Junior World Championship qualifying tournament (prior to his senior season at Oak Hill) … tied for the team lead in assists with 20, an average of 3.3 per game … credited with a team-high four assists in the gold medal game against Argentina … scored a personal-best eight points against Canada in the first game of the tournament … selected as a member of the U.S. Junior World Championship Team which played in Portugal in July of 1999.
Personal: Steven Hanson Blake … born Feb. 26, 1980, in Hollywood, Fla. … son of Richard and Cindy Blake … the youngest of four children, with three older sisters … majoring in criminology and criminal justice … member of the National Honor Society and graduated fourth in his senior class at Oak Hill … played in the Charlie Weber Invitational Tournament in Cole Field House prior to both his junior and senior years in high school.
Blake’s Career Highs
Category ...............# Opponent/Date
Points ................ 21 vs. NC State, 3-9-02
FG .....................7 at Wake Forest, 1-23-02
........................6 vs. George Mason, 3-15-01
........................6 vs. Florida State, 3-1-00
FGA ................... 13 vs. Duke, 1-9-00
3FG ....................4 vs. Temple, 11-9-01
........................4 at Clemson, 2-22-00
3FGA ...................9 vs. Arizona, 11-8-01
FT .....................6 at NC State, 12-30-01
FTA ....................8 at Penn, 12-9-00
Rebounds ...............10 vs. Arizona, 11-8-01
Assists ................14 vs. North Carolina, 1-9-02
Blocks .................4 vs. Illinois, 11-27-01
Steals .................6 vs. NC State, 3-9-02
........................6 vs. Tulane, 11-19-99
........................6 vs. Duke, 1-9-00
Minutes ................43 vs. Virginia, 3-4-00
Blake's Career Statistics Year GP-GS Min.-Avg. FG-A Pct. 3P-A Pct. FT-A Pct. OR-DR Reb-Avg.PF-D Ast To Blk St Pts.-Avg. 1999-00 35-33 1115-31.9 86-211 .408 37-102 .363 35-51 .686 17-89 106-3.0 81-0 217 127 10 71 244-7.0 2000-01 36-36 1036-28.8 83-208 .399 37-94 .394 45-63 .714 25-83 108-3.0 83-3 248 111 7 57 248-6.9 2001-02 36-36 1152-32.0 91-238 .382 44-128 .344 61-74 .824 20-117 137-3.8 72-1 286 116 16 56 287-8.0 Career 107-105 3303-30.9 260-657.396 118-324 .364 141-188 .750 62-289 351-3.3 236-4 751 354 33 184 779-7.3