Greenville’s Macie Blinn has spent her entire basketball
career prepping for one moment, which now is a reality. The senior to-be has
made a verbal commitment to the University of Illinois. Blinn chose the Illini over Miami (OH),
Dayton, George Washington and Vanderbilt.
Despite committing in the winter, Blinn’s verbal was up in
the air due to a coaching change this spring. Things are once again
“I committed this past Janurary after going over there for a
game,” Blinn said. “I kind of liked the process at first – we had a lot of
coaches coming to game’s last season and I always had to be at the top of my
game – but, after a while I knew where I was going and got tired of all the
With her college decision made, Blinn was thrown a curveball
when Illinois coach Theresa Grentz resigned at the end of the season after 12
years in Champaign. Long time Rutgers assistant Jolette Law was hired, putting
the offer up in the air.
“After they got the new coaches I was concerned, but I
visited the campus in June and met with them,” Blinn said. “I really liked what
So did the new regime.
The change in guard may actually aid Blinn, who has spent a
number of years on the AAU circuit. Her game is more suited for the up and down
pace Law and Rutgers is known for.
“They appear committed to run and gun offensively,” Blinn
said. “I really like to run and in high school we don’t run much but I have in
Blinn who is always thinking offense, could be a perfect fit
at the guard spot with her size and ability to sink the three. Her junior year at Greenville she
averaged 19.2 points per game and has already reached the 1,000 point mark in
her career. Blinn is a two-time Division II All-Ohioan.
Most of Blinn’s points come off dribble penetration and
three point shots. An AAU veteran, playing since she was nine years old, Blinn
is no stranger to competing against the nation’s top talent. She’ll get the
same look in the Big Ten.
“I have played a lot of AAU ball and we will be going to
Atlanta for the national championships, so I have played against a lot great
talent,” Blinn said. “I believe AAU ball is the reason I got so many looks.”
As for the final year of her high school basketball career
the expectations are subdued.
Graduation took six starters, leaving Blinn surrounded with
“There are not too many goals because we lost so many
girls,” Blinn said. “Basically we are starting over so right now we are just
looking for a good record.”
The last three years, Blinn was more than a basketball
player, lettering in both softball and volleyball. This past spring she was the
center fielder for the D-II state softball champions. On the volleyball court
she is an outside hitter. Currently, Blinn is undecided on whether she will
play either sport as a senior.
“I haven’t decided yet if I am going to play the other
sports,” Blinn said. “The volleyball kids have really been pushing me to play
and Illinois has no preference. I might just focus on running and lifting
(during the off season).”
No matter how she spends her senior year, it's obvious the competition will be focused on stopping Blinn come basketballl season.