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Blake Ahearn
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CB Estudiantes
Point guard/shooting guard
Born May 27, 1984 (1984-05-27) (age 25)
St. Louis, Missouri
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
High school De Smet Jesuit
College Missouri State (2003–2007)
Pro career 2007–present
Former teams Dakota Wizards (2007–2008; 2009)
Miami Heat (2008)
San Antonio Spurs (2008)
Austin Toros (2008)
Awards First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference twice, Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year

Blake Ahearn (born May 27, 1984(1984-05-27)) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for CB Estudiantes of the Spanish ACB league.[1] He was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

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High school career

Ahearn attended Immacolata School in St. Louis for grade school. He then went to De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, Missouri. He played three years of varsity. He averaged 17.7 points per game as a junior and 18.5 as a senior. He was an All-Metro Selection his junior and senior years and an All-State selection his junior year. In his junior year he broke his hand in the divisional semifinal game. He was unable to play for the duration of his junior year. His team was state runner-up his junior year losing to Missouri powerhouse St. Louis Vashon in the state championship game.[2].

College career

Ahearn played collegiately for the Missouri State Bears from 2003–2007. He was poised to finish his career with four straight NCAA free-throw titles but failed, and finished with an accuracy of 92.5% during his senior year. He finished his college career as a 94.6% free throw shooter, 435 for 460, all-time best percentage.[3] He also holds a single-season record at 97.5%. He made 60 consecutive free-throws twice in his career (December 20, 2003 through February 14, 2004 and December 19, 2004 to February 26, 2005) which are school and Missouri Valley Conference records. He missed his final attempt against the San Diego State Aztecs in the NIT on March 24, 2007, his final college game. He holds the career record for career three-pointers at Missouri State with 276, and was selected the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Freshman of the Year (2004), also being a two-time all-MVC first teamer (2006 and 2007).[3] He came within one game each season of making the NCAA tournament and failed to reach any. His team lost in double overtime to Northern Iowa in the MVC Tournament finals his freshman year and to Creighton in the MVC finals his sophomore year. His team was rated 21st in the RPI his junior year and a 33rd his senior year, which included a win over #7 in the nation Wisconsin.

Pro career

In the 2007–2008 season, Ahearn played with the NBA Development League's Dakota Wizards. He worked his way to the starting lineup, averaging 19 points, with a 96% free-throw percentage, shooting 49% from the field and 44% from 3-point range in 41 games.

On March 21, 2008, Ahearn was signed to a 10-day contract by the NBA's Miami Heat, whose roster had been depleted by injuries.[4] On March 27, Ahearn scored a team-high 15 points in a loss to the Detroit Pistons.

On April 10, Ahearn was named the Rookie of the Year of the D-League and All-NBA Development League Second Team.[5]

Despite posting a solid NBA preseason during which he averaged 8 points per game, Ahearn was cut by the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 23, 2008. After being waived by the Timberwolves he joined the Dakota Wizards. On November 16, Ahearn was signed by the San Antonio Spurs becoming the 2008-09 season's first D-League call-up.[3] Ahearn was in camp with the Wizards prior to signing with the Spurs.[3] On November 30, Ahearn was assigned to the Spurs' D-League affiliate Austin Toros.[1]

The Spurs waived Ahearn on December 15, 2008, and he re-joined the Dakota Wizards. He was selected to play in the 2009 NBDL All-Star Game with the Wizards on February 3, 2009.

Preceded by
Louis Amundson
NBA Development League
Rookie of the Year

2007–2008
Succeeded by
Othyus Jeffers
Preceded by
Jeremy Richardson
NBA Development League
MVP All Stars

2008–2009
Succeeded by
not announced

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Miami 12 0 14.8 .263 .294 .968 1.6 1.6 .5 .0 5.8
2008–09 San Antonio 3 0 6.3 .333 .500 1.000 .3 .7 .3 .0 2.7
Career 15 0 13.1 .270 .316 .970 1.3 1.4 .5 .0 5.2

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b ESTUDIANTES MADRID basketball team
  2. ^ Alum Blake Ahearn Signs With Miami Heat
  3. ^ a b c d Spurs Sign Blake Ahearn
  4. ^ Butler logs first 20-point game since return as Wiz crush hapless Heat
  5. ^ Ahearn Named NBDL Rookie of the Year
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