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Blake Ahearn
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Blake Ahearn

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

High School:
DeSmet Jesuit High

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 190

Position:
Guard

At Missouri State

Seemingly stopping the ball in mid-air before he wills his free throw to go through the basket, Blake Ahearn moves into his senior year with some notable accomplishments in his hip pocket as he bids to lead the Bears to a Missouri Valley Conference title and into the NCAA tournament. The 26th 1,000-point scorer in MSU basketball history, has become a complete player with his three-point shooting, foul-line accuracy, playmaking and team leadership. He'll be bidding to become the first person in NCAA Division I history to lead an individual statistical category four years in a row.

2005-06

Ahearn last year led Division I in free throw shooting for the third year in a row with a .936 figure as he led the Bears in scoring, landed a spot on the MVC all-conference team and was given an all-district spot by the U.S. Basketball Writers. The Bears' only double-figure scorer, Ahearn led the MVC in pointmaking until late in the season when he finished at 16.2 a game. His year included going over the 1,000-point mark Jan. 29 at Indiana State. Ahearn got off to a fast start last year with a 25.3 average through four games, topped by a career-best 32 in the win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He had 11 games with 20 or more points during the season and led the Bears in three-pointers, minutes played and scoring. Ahearn failed to score in double figures just seven times in 31 games. He led Missouri State in scoring in 21 of 32 games and led in assists seven times.

2004-05

Ahearn two years ago led Division I in free throw shooting for the second year in a row. For the second year in a row, Ahearn punched up a Missouri State and MVC record 60 free throws in a row as he got to the foul line with increasing regularity from late January to the end of the season. After getting 12 points in the season opener at Detroit, Ahearn scored 17 against UALR to win MVP honors in the Price Cutter Classic. A week later, he sparked the Bears to their 110-point home outburst against Troy in Hammons Student Center. From Jan. 26 to Feb. 26, he was in double figures in nine of 10 games and averaged 16.2 in that stretch. He hit 27 to lead the Bears to a win at Creighton, got 21 vs. Drake and had 23 at Indiana State. That was also the stretch of his 60 straight free throws, accomplished in just a dozen games. He missed two of his last 76 free throws.

2003-04

Ahearn nailed 117 of 120 from the line to set all-time MSU, MVC and NCAA single season records for foul line accuracy with a nation-leading .975 as a freshman. He didn't miss a road free throw all year and his 60 in a row between 12/20 and 2/14 set another MSU and MVC mark. He also had a string of 32 in a row and edged J. J. Redick, whose .953 figure also beat the old national mark. Ahearn was the MVC Freshman of the Year and the only freshman on the Valley All-Newcomer Team. He was MVC Player of the Week once and Rookie of the Week twice. He started 19 games for the Bears and finished with 16 double-figure scoring games. Ahearn set MSU freshman records for points and three-pointers and was among the national leaders in freshman long-range shooting. He scored 25 at Evansville, 22 vs. UE at home and 20 vs. Saint Louis.

Background

Ahearn led coach Bob Steiner's St. Louis DeSmet Jesuit High Spartans to a three-year 79-19 record and a Metro Catholic Conference title and state runner-up finish as a junior. Ahearn got 18.5 points a game his senior year and 17.7 with a school-record .920 foul-line mark as a junior. He was named second team all-state.

Personal

Daniel Blake Ahearn was born May 27, 1984, in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Daniel and Erin Ahearn. His dad was a basketballer at Washburn University. Blake is majoring in marketing at Missouri State.

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