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Ex-R-C hoops star Blackmon signs with TCC

Former Randolph-Clay girls basketball star Adriana Blackmon, center, foreground, signs with Tallahassee Community College on Wednesday in Cuthbert among friends and family.

Former Randolph-Clay girls basketball star Adriana Blackmon, center, foreground, signs with Tallahassee Community College on Wednesday in Cuthbert among friends and family.

CUTHBERT — Adriana Blackmon took the Randolph-Clay girls basketball team on the ride of a lifetime last season, carrying the Lady Red Devils to a state runner-up finish in GHSA Class A.

On Wednesday, the point guard decided to take her talents to Tallahassee Community College, where she will suit up this winter for the Lady Eagles.

“I had a lot of different offers, but I chose TCC because it gives me a better chance to develop my game,” said Blackmon, who will major in criminal justice. “I just didn’t feel comfortable jumping into a four-year school right now.”

Randolph-Clay coach Jennifer Acree believes it’s just a matter of time before the co-runner-up for last season’s Herald Player of the Year award shows up on a Division I roster.

“She is going to be an excellent college player,” Acree said. “I do believe that Tallahassee got a steal. She can be a top-notch point guard with a little fine-tuning. I look for her to sign a D-I scholarship in a couple of years.”

Blackmon was an all-around player at Randolph-Clay, where she wasn’t just the floor leader. She averaged 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals per game.

“I think I have gotten stronger since high school,” Blackmon said Wednesday. “I have learned to use my physical ability, and I think I can finish better than I did in high school.”

Blackmon and the Lady Eagles open play Oct. 12 in the Southeast JUCO Jamboree in Albany and have their first regular-season game Nov. 1 at Hillsborough Community College.