Dudley Blackwell played on two state championship teams at Fort Lauderdale’s Westminster Academy his freshman and sophomore seasons. After spending his junior year between Somerset Pines in South Florida and Huntington Prep in West Virginia, the 6-foot-6 four-star has decided to return to Florida for his senior season. Blackwell, who committed to Iowa State over Florida State, Ohio State and Marquette, has transferred to Blanche Ely High in Pompano Beach. I caught up with Dudley during Ely’s contest at Piper earlier this week:
Q: Are you glad to be back in Broward [County]? How did everything transpire?
A: It was kind of a quick transition but I’m glad to be back home. I’ve been away for quite some time. It feels pretty good to be back home. The situation was great at Huntington. It was a great situation … I love those guys to death. Those are my family for life. My Mom, she’s getting kind of ill so she wanted me to come back home and help her out around the house and stuff like that.
Q: When are you eligible to play? Do you have to sit out for a certain amount of time?
A: They told me six days so hopefully this weekend I will be back and ready. Most likely [vs.] Deerfield.
Q: Recruiting-wise I haven’t seen you in a while. Can you fill me in where things stand?
A: I am committed to Iowa State. It’s been about two months now. I love Iowa State. They gave me the most genuine feel throughout my whole recruiting process. It felt like a family being there.
Q: When they’ve talked to you, what do they like about your game?
A: We all know I can score but they love the fact that I facilitate well and I can pass the ball. I try to make others better around me.
Q: Are you going to take a trip up there [to Ames, Iowa] at some point?
A: I took an official [visit] before I committed. Hopefully I’ll catch a game or something like that.
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