At an imposing 6-foot-9 and nearly 250 pounds, Staphon Blair has the look of someone who can make a major contribution for the Knights this upcoming season. And now with a year of college experience, the big man has the potential to be a factor in the paint in 2013-14.
Blair has only been playing organized basketball for a few years after moving to Fort Lauderdale from Jamaica and used last season to get acclimated to playing on the Division I level. He appeared in 29 games, making one start, and averaged 1.9 points in 7.2 minutes per game.
He logged 11 minutes against No. 17 Memphis at home, and utilized his time to show UCF's fans his potential. Blair scored four points against the Tigers and had a huge block on a Joe Jackson dunk attempt.
Despite his efficient performance against Memphis, perhaps his best moments came during practice each day when he battled Keith Clanton, the best big man in program history. Blair should benefit from defending a crafty offensive player like Clanton and also from trying to score on UCF's all-time leading shot blocker.
Blair has great size, strength and potential. With Clanton's collegiate career now over, he will have the chance to earn more minutes utilize his opportunity to make an impact as a sophomore.