Blair Basketball Interview

Jaylen Blakes ’21, a.k.a “Jboogie,” is a junior at Blair Academy and a resident of the infamous Freeman Hall. Blakes is incredibly fun to watch on the court, and, if you ask his friends, he is also incredibly fun off the court. As just a junior, Blakes has many offers and has attracted interest from top academic and athletic universities. Blakes was also invited to the Team USA Camp in November 2019.

ERV: What are you looking forward to this season?

JB: I’m looking forward to building relationships. We have good players on our team and we’re looking forward to winning a state championship and MAPL championship.

ERV: As a captain, what are you looking to instill in your teammates?

JB: Hard Work. Prepare every day the same way and that gets the best results. Honestly, I want to make sure the younger kids, like the sophomores and freshmen, are able to carry the torch when I’m gone.

ERV: What are your team goals for this season?

JB: I just want to win. Right now we are undefeated and I just want to keep that going, knock on wood. But, I want to win some championships.

ERV: Personally, what do you want to see your team do this season?

JB: I just want to see us all get 1% better each day. From the start of fall to the beginning of February, I want to see everybody get better and grow.

ERV: What is your favorite thing about Blair Boys Varsity Basketball?

JB: The family aspect. Nobody on the team has beef with anybody. Everybody is like a brother to each other, so you can’t go wrong with family.

Dominique Darius ’21, a.k.a “Dom,” is not only a key person on Blair’s campus but plays a key role on the basketball court for the Blair Girls Varsity Basketball team. Darius is already a highly recruited DI  athlete. If you ever get a chance to sit down and talk to Dom you should ask her about her about her family who she loves.

ERV: What are you looking forward to this season?

DD: I am looking forward to playing with my new teammates. We have a lot of young players, so just being able to experience different game situations, tough it out, and see what we’re about and if we can come through adversity.

ERV: As a captain, what are you looking to instill in your teammates?

DD: The biggest thing is that I just want to set an example by working hard. I feel like the harder we work the better we’ll play. Everything starts in practice, so if we work hard in practice and we set goals we know we can accomplish them. Instilling confidence and hard work.

ERV: What are your team goals for this season?

DD: We have our goals written on the board in the locker room. Obviously, to win MAPLs and States and then also to go down to North Carolina to win the National Championship.

ERV: Personally, what do you want to see your team do this season?

DD: I just want to see everybody grow as a person. I think from the beginning of the season until now everybody has grown a lot, and we’ve just seen everybody become a lot more confident and stronger in their abilities…At the end of the season, I just want to see everybody be where they weren’t at the beginning, be more confident with themselves… and be the best player they can be.

ERV: What is your favorite thing about Blair Girls Varsity Basketball?

DD: It’s competitive. I think everybody comes in ready to play. Everybody wants to win. Everybody wants to work hard. So, I think having that attribute as a team is a lot of fun because your teammates are going to come challenge you no matter how good you are.

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Emma van der Veen is a new junior from the suburbs of Philadelphia. Emma hopes to bring a revamped side of the sports section to the Oracle.