Latrobe basketball star Emma Blair verbally commits to SC Upstate
Sunday, August 7, 2022 | 9:03 p.m.
Emma Blair wanted to commit to university before the start of her senior year.
The rising senior basketball star at Latrobe didn’t want to wait for more Division I scholarship offers, so she landed the first one on the table.
Blair announced a verbal commitment to South Carolina Upstate, a Big South school in Spartansburg, SC, on Sunday.
The 6-foot-1 Blair, a traditional post player known for her routine double-digit performances in points and rebounds, also took a close look at three Division II programs closer to home: Seton Hill, Shippensburg and Gannon .
Also a player to watch for the Western Bruins in the AAU, Blair saw her recruiting kick into high gear this summer as schools swarmed.
USC Upstate, however, was the blue ribbon winner for the leggy center.
“I chose Upstate because the whole environment there is so inviting and positive,” Blair said. “The coaches are amazing and have been very involved with me throughout my recruitment process, and the team gets along so well. The coaches and the players are like a big family there, and I knew that after seeing this group, I wanted to be part of it.
But there was more to his decision than campus appeal, which can magnetize any impressionable high school player.
—Emma Blair (@emmablair08) August 7, 2022
“The system Upstate used was fine with me, too,” said Blair, the reigning Tribune-Review Westmoreland Player of the Year, who averaged 13.6 points and 12.5 rebounds as a junior. “I could see myself going there since I went there for a basketball camp in June.”
Her role could change to the next level, but Blair is set to be a key contributor around the basket.
“Upstate uses their position players, so finishing on the edge will be a big part of the next level,” she said. “Bouncing, passing and being a good teammate are all roles I hope to bring to Upstate as well.”
— WPABruinsAAU (@WPABruinsAAU) August 7, 2022