Tucked away in the mountains of eastern Tennessee, you’ll find good people, a great community atmosphere and a love for high school sports and that is the case and point of 6’2 unsigned senior Blake Atwood of Johnson County High School. You see, Blake Atwood is having a storybook season. He is averaging 27 PPG, 7 RPG and 4 APG and was just announced as a finalist for the Class 2A Mr. Basketball in the state of Tennessee. Blake Atwood is a complete basketball player and outstanding young man, not to mention an excellent student that sports an impressive 3.9 GPA. He’s the epitome of a true student athlete.
Atwell turned heads at Phenom Hoop events last summer as a member of the Tennessee Fury 17U team. In speaking with coach Russ Biven, he stated the following. “I tell college coaches the same thing. Blake Atwood is going to make one of these guys look really smart in the future for taking him. He finishes at the rim really strong, but shoots the 3-ball really well which makes things tough on defenses. Being the son of a terrific coach, he’s incredibly smart on the court. He has the ability to use his quickness to get steals, but also has the ability to use this quickness and fundamentals to make stops. That’s a great combination”
Playing for his father who is the head coach at Johnson County High School, who just picked up career win number 300, stated the following. “Blake has never had a problem with me pushing him beyond where he thinks he can go. I couldn’t be prouder of him.” Blake has gotten plenty of interest from D2 schools, but now D1 program are starting to take notice and express interest. He has all the ingredients that college coaches would cherish. He can do so many things well on the court. Blake can score from all three levels, rebound extremely well for his size/position, make plays for himself and others and can defend. He’s just a tough, gritty, hardnosed player that simply knows how to play.