Dayton, Ohio — As first reported on the Miami Valley Hoop Vault Instagram and Twitter pages, Trotwood-Madison guard Carl Blanton Jr. will continue his athletic career at Eastern Arizona College. Blanton was a two-time state champion while at Trotwood, as he won a basketball state title in the winter of 2019 and won a football state championship the next fall.
Blanton was still deciding between basketball and football for his college decision but ultimately chose basketball. Blanton and the Rams were not able to finish off their 2020 tournament run due to the COVID-19 pandemic as their Regional Semifinal matchup against Thurgood Marshall was canceled the day that it was scheduled to be played.
Eastern Arizona is located in Thatcher, Arizona and their mascot is the Gila Monsters which is a type of lizard that lives in the area. The Monsters are a member of the NJCAA and were a game away from the Junior College National Championship before falling in the semi-final.
Blanton should make an early impact at Eastern Arizona as he was the GWOC player of the year and one of the most dominant players in recent history in the Dayton area. He helped the Rams win two state titles in both basketball and football and will make the same type of contributions at the next level.