Herald hoops player of year Antonio Blakeney bound for Orlando Oak Ridge

Ex-Mooney star joins teammate from travel ball

adell@bradenton.comMay 5, 2013 

Former Cardinal Mooney basketball standout Antonio Blakeney enrolled at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando this past week.

At Oak Ridge, the sophomore sensation and Bradenton Herald Player of The Year will join teammate Alex Owens from Each1 Teach1, an elite nationally touted travel ball team.

Owens, also a sophomore, transferred to Oak Ridge this year after playing for Oldsmar Christian. The 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward lists Bradenton as his hometown on his Facebook page.

Oak Ridge finished 24-6 last season, losing in its Class 7A region semifinal to Bartow, and lost in the 7A state title game in 2012.

The Pioneers return their scoring leader in 6-4 forward Marquel Willis, who averaged 19.7 points per game last year and was their only double-figure scorer. The junior is rated a four-star prospect by FloridaHoops.com, which gives Blakeney and Owens five stars each.

Blakeney and Owens were offered scholarships last month by Florida and have offers from other national power programs and in-state schools USF and Miami.

The 6-4, 170-pound Blakeney averaged 24.8 points and 7.6 rebounds for Mooney last season and scored 1,036 points in two years. He had an impressive outing in front of numerous college coaches in the AAU Spring Classic in Orlando last month, scoring 31 points in the championship game.

Blakeney's recent decision to leave Cardinal Mooney seemed to catch everyone by surprise. Cougars head coach Stefan Gates said to his knowledge Antonio's mother accepted a job in Orlando and had to move the family there.

Blakeney told Gators Hoops Recruiting that he liked Florida's style of play and the fact that they were an in-state school.

FloridaHoops.com rates Owens the third-best player and Blakeney the fourth in the Florida's 2015 graduating class.

Each 1Teach1 head coach Boobie Francis is an assistant basketball coach at Oak Ridge, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Carnes transfers to UNI

Former Manatee High quarterback Brion Carnes affirmed that he is transferring from Nebraska to the University of Northern Iowa and is not afraid of a tough situation he will likely face.

At UNI, he will battle incumbent Sawyer Kollmorgen for the starting quarterback job. Carnes will be a junior eligibility-wise and can play right away.

Last season as a redshirt freshman, Kollmorgen threw for 2,460 yards and 21 touchdowns with eight interceptions. Against Big 10 Conference power Wisconsin he completed 18 of 34 passes for 265 yards and three TDs without an interception.

Kollmorgen was named the FCS co-freshman of the year in 2012. The native of Jenks, Okla., led the Missouri Valley Conference in TD passes and efficiency with a 141.88 rating.

Carnes' post on his Facebook page that he was going to UNI has generated a lot of traffic on the school's message boards with most fans speculating he will be used in some type of Wildcat role.

They don't see him winning the starting job. Carnes has told several people that he is aware of the situation and is not worried.

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