Moving to the East Coast from sunny California would be a huge risk for anyone and for Chris Blake, it was. Support from friends and teammates at Cabrini made the adjustment possible.
“There were times I would have loved to get on a plane and head back to California, but the supportive people around me at Cabrini helped me through,” Blake said.
“We were very happy and excited [when Chris chose Cabrini]. We had a lot of confidence in Chris and in Cabrini and it has turned out to be a great fit,” Patricia Blake, Chris’s mother said.
The Cabrini men’s basketball team is 3-0 this season and Blake feels privileged to be a part of his team’s success over the years.
“My proudest accomplishment has been that the team has improved its record each of the seasons I’ve been a member of the team,” Blake said.
Learning the game from his dad, Blake started playing basketball around age 4. He also began soccer and baseball at an early age.
His passion for basketball grew and, by high school, Blake knew that he wanted to concentrate solely on basketball with hopes of playing in college.
“Chris has become more aggressive and a great defensive player. He’s always been a team player but is even more now and also is shooting more now which is good,” Patricia said.
“For me, the best part about playing basketball is the relationships you build and the memories you form,” Blake said.
Although he is also very involved in both the English and communication major and has held numerous internships, Blake’s love of competition and team unity have motivated him to continue playing throughout college.
“Chris is a hard-working, motivated team player. He loves his team and enjoys the basketball program at Cabrini. He has been very happy with it,” Patricia said.
“His exceptional shooting ability and good attitude makes Chris a great teammate,” teammate Lucas Gulotta said.
Averaging 6.0 points per game in the 2008-09 season and 4.1 rebounds per game, Blake has contributed a lot over the years to the Cavaliers, being named to the Colonial States Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference Team.
“The men’s basketball team at Cabrini has a deeply rooted tradition and I feel honored that I have the chance to be part of the program,” Blake said.