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Former Patterson guard Gary Blackston headed to Prairie View A&M

Former Patterson guard Gary Blackston headed to Prairie View A&M

Patterson guard Gary Blackston was talented enough to play Division I basketball coming out of high school. But the 6-foot-2, 180-pound combo guard had to make alternate plans because of his transcript.

“Going to JUCO, it’ll definitely make a man out of you,” said Blackston, a second-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection in 2015. “You have to perform at a high level. It’s a lot of pressure.”

The pressure was relieved last week when Blackston committed to Prairie View A&M, a D-I school in Texas that competes in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Blackston was...

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