Blockton Contends for National Freshman of the Year

Allazia Blockton tallied 561 points in her first season
March 16, 2016

Written By: Julia Pagliarulo

Marquette freshman guard Allazia Blockton has put together one of the most successful freshman seasons in Marquette history.

The seven-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week and BIG EAST Freshman of the Year broke a 21-year-old freshman scoring record for the BIG EAST after scoring 337 points in the BIG EAST regular season. This record has stood since Providence College's Kerri Chatten scored 335 points in the 1994-95 BIG EAST season. Additionally, Blockton became the first Marquette freshman to surpass 400 points and obliterated Angel Robinson's record of 399 points, scoring 561 combined points over 30 games this season.

Blockton leads the BIG EAST and ranks seventh among all freshmen in the NCAA with 11 double-doubles and her 18.7 points per game not only is the third-highest total in the BIG EAST, but places her fifth of all freshmen in Division I play. In addition to her seven freshman of the week awards, she has racked up a BIG EAST Player of the Week and been on the weekly honor roll on five occasions. The conference also named Blockton to the All-BIG EAST Second Team and a unanimous selection to the BIG EAST All-Freshmen Team.

The rangy six-footer has dropped at least 20 points on 14 occasions in the 30 contests she played in this season, the second-best mark in the BIG EAST. The Milwaukee native credits her offensive arsenal for her scoring prowess.

"I've always found diverse ways to score, whether it's shooting the ball off the dribble or getting to the rim," Blockton said. "Just being stronger than most people, being able to get to the basket and overpower defenders."

Not only does Blockton control the game with her offense, but has proven to be unstoppable on the glass, snatching 7.7 rebounds per game, good for third in the league. Additionally, she has grabbed double-digit rebounds 11 times, good for second in the BIG EAST.

 

 

The six-foot Blockton said being a bigger guard allows her to create mismatches on the boards.

"I've always been big on rebounding," Blockton said. "I was a center in high school, so I always had to rebound there and I've carried it over to my college years."

Although as a freshman, this is Blockton's first year away from home, she has a little bit of home on the team with her. Teammate and fellow freshman Amani Wilborn has played with Blockton on their AAU team since sixth grade.

"We naturally know each other's games," Blockton said. "That's helping a lot with our chemistry, just us two playing together for so long. It was easier coming into college because I had someone I've known for so long and someone I'm close with. It was great to have someone to come into college with and grow and adapt with."

Additionally, as a Milwaukee native, Blockton's mother and grandmother are able to attend all of her home games. She attributes a desire to stay close to home as playing a role in her decision to attend Marquette.

"It's a great feeling to see your mom and your grandma sitting in the front row, cheering you on," Blockton said. "It helps me with my confidence and to not be so nervous when I play."

Since she's come to Marquette, Blockton has noticed growth as both a person and an athlete.

"At the beginning of the year, I wasn't as patient," Blockton said. "When I used to mess up, I would get down on myself and I was afraid to make mistakes because I wanted to be perfect for everybody. Just with maturing and listening to my coach, she's let me know that it's okay to make mistakes because that's how you grow."

Blockton has found success on the court this season and so too has her team. The Golden Eagles (14-16, 9-9 BIG EAST) have had a major turnaround after last season's record of 8-20, including a 4-14 mark in BIG EAST play. With a team made up of eight freshmen and only two returning players from last year's squad, Marquette secured a first-round bye and the six seed in the BIG EAST Tournament stretching from March 5-March 8 in Chicago. Blockton has lofty goals for this team: she said she wants them to go to the NCAA Tournament each of her next four years and to eventually seize the championship.

Personally, Blockton wants to improve both the mental and physical aspects of her game. She said she wants to continue to grow her basketball IQ and become a better defender.

Although she has had a historic freshman season, Blockton isn't satisfied.

"I want to become more of an all-around player, an all-around scorer," Blockton said. "So when teams try to scout me, they won't know what I'm going to do. They don't know if I'm going to shoot the three, shoot the pull-up or get to the basket. I want to become an un-guardable player that controls whether our team wins or loses."

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