James Blasczyk, who just completed his senior year at USC as a third string center under a suspension, isn’t quite ready to give up the college game. According to a report from our friends at Galen Central, the seven-footer is looking to regain some college eligibility.
Center James Blasczyk is filling out NCAA paperwork to receive a sixth year of eligibility. Local schools including CSUN, LBSU and Pepperdine have expressed interest. UCLA has also inquired about his services.
Blasczyk started his career at Texas A&M, where he spent two years as a reserve center. During his freshman season in 2008-2009, he appeared in just one game and two minutes for the Aggies, and ultimately redshirted. In his redshirt freshman season, he played sparingly, totaling just 20 minutes for an A&M team that reached the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 32.
After arriving at USC, Blasczyk sat out the entire 2010-2011 season due to NCAA transfer rules, giving him two of five college seasons in which he virtually did not play, which enables him to put forth a good case to the NCAA for additional eligibility.
While at USC, Blasczyk played a pivotal role in his junior season following multiple season-ending injuries to players like Dewayne Dedmon and Aaron Fuller, as he started at center in their place. Blasczyk averaged just seven minutes per game as a senior, playing behind fellow seven-footers Dedmon and Omar Oraby, and was mostly used to spell forwards in foul trouble.
The last time that Dedmon and Blasczyk hit the court together for USC’s men’s basketball team was on March 9th, as the duo was suspended for the Pac-12 Tournament after taking part in an alleged bar fight in Spokane following a 25-point loss to Washington State.