First-Year Coach Welcomes J.R. Blount to Men's Basketball Staff
SAINT LEO, Fla. – After coming off a successful four year career at NCAA Division I Loyola University in Chicago, J.R. Blount has followed his former head coach to Saint Leo University as head coach Lance Randall has announced Blount as the Lions' newest assistant men's basketball coach.
"J.R. is an extremely bright young coach," Randall said when announcing his second-in-command. "His mental toughness and determination as a player were unmatched. He has a keen understanding of the game of basketball and a great attention to detail. Furthermore, he is a young man who will represent the Core Values of Saint Leo and serve as an excellent mentor and role model to the young men in our program."
Blount had a prestigious career playing for the Ramblers of Loyola under Coach Randall, starting all four years. He earned two team Most Valuable Player awards and was named to the Preseason Horizon League Second Team twice. Blount was also named the Horizon League Player of the Week twice and set the Ramblers school record for most points scored in a single game with 42.
After concluding his collegiate playing career, the tandem then coached together on the hardwood at Wisconsin – Stevens Point where Randall served as the associate head coach and Blount was an assistant. Together, they managed to take the Pointers to the Division III National Championship.
After helping UWSP to the national title, the native of Milwaukee, Wisc. jumped back into the professional ranks, where he posted some noteworthy accomplishments playing basketball in Europe. Voted his team's Most Valuable Player, Blount was named a British Basketball All Star and Third Team All-League during the 2010-11 season by Eurobasket.com. It was a year that Blount finished fourth in the British Basketball League in scoring and second in assists.
In college, Blount was the recipient of the Male Athlete of the Year Award twice at Loyola and finished his career ninth on the school's all-time scoring list and finished 10th in career assists.
Before attending Loyola, Blount was a standout high school basketball player at Whitefish Bay Dominican. Blount was named to the all-conference first team three times and was named a First Team All-State selection twice. He led his team to four consecutive conference championships and won state championships in 2004 and 2005. In his high school career, Blount was named team MVP three times.
Blount graduated with a double major in Psychology and Sociology from Loyola. He is now attending UW-Stevens Point's graduate school of Education.