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Centenary's Jonathan Blount overcomes struggles to make history his senior season

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The court is a familiar place for Shreveport's own Jonathan Blount. From a young age, it was a place he grew to love.  "I think my mom put a nerf ball in my hand, I remember seeing pictures when I was little with the little fisher price goal," Blount recalls.
His mom Brigitte Blount remembers that day, "he was about three years old when she first gave him that ball, and he's been playing ever since."

As a child, Blount learned the value of hard work and being a part of a team by growing up in a close knit family, and in high school, he carried on his family's legacy by going to Booker T. Washington and playing for the Lions basketball team. "That's probably when I first realized I could go far with playing basketball," Blount said.
 
Jonathan graduated valedictorian from Booker T. Washington high school and signed a basketball scholarship at Division I Centenary College. Due to financial concerns, Centenary would fall from Division I to Division III, and then came more bad news. Blount recalls being sidelined due to unexpected injuries. "I had to sit out the first half of the year with a shin injury, and I had to have surgery," he said. "Then I had to have another surgery after that season when I tore my meniscus and my patella tendon, it was just a grind all summer."
 
Blount said the support from his family and teammates helped him continue to overcome his obstacles. The hard work he learned as a child translated on to the court. Blount is the reigning conference player of the year and is averaging 24 points a game this season which helped lead his team to the its best record since 2003. On senior night, he set a single game scoring record with 53 points, but Blount said that night wasn't about him - it was about his team.  "That was totally a team accomplishment even though I received the individual award," Blount said.

Like family, his team has stuck together through the ups and downs, they remain one family. There is still some unfinished business the Gents head to San Antonio, Texas for the SCAC Conference Tournament. If they take home the win, they will be the first Centenary team to ever bring home a Conference Championship.
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