Cleveland, OH

DJ Blanks, who lives in Cleveland, Ohio, has been training and scouting thousands of athletes since 2017. He has trained athletes of all levels, from youth, middle school, high school, collegiate players ranging from NAIA to Division I as well as overseas professionals and NBA players. He was also given the privilege to coach and train LeBron James and his kids Bronny and Bryce James. Since doing that, he has gained a large connection with college and professional coaches and has helped over 200 players gain full scholarships to play basketball at the next level. Players such as Chris Livingston (Milwaukee Bucks), Bronny James (University of Southern California), Sencire Harris (University of Illinois), Paris Gilmore (University of Detroit-Mercy), Mari Bickley (University of Princeton), Quentin Toles (Lynn University), Lanae Riley (University of Akron) and Eric Holley (University of Toledo).

DJ has also been an NBA trainer for the Cleveland Cavaliers and has run many camps with hundreds of players in attendance as well as college coaches in attendance. He has played professional basketball overseas in Italy, China and Sweden. DJ has a professional championship as the starting point guard for Italy Green Basket ASD. He also played as the starting point guard for NCAA D1 at Texas Southern University and played in the NCAA Tournament as well as the NIT. DJ was named Defensive Player of the Year and led the NCAA D1 in triple doubles in 2016 and has also won two conference championships. He graduated with a double bachelor’s degree in business management/marketing and sports management from Texas Southern. DJ attended high school at LeBron James alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, where he won two state championships and was a top10 player in Ohio.

“DJ was extremely caring, and we could tell he had Paige’s best interest at hear. He was very easy to reach and talk to whenever we needed throughout the process. He wanted to be kept in the loop about all the coaches who reached out and when we had visits. Paige had a lot of coaches contact her, and she had a lot of questions that DJ was always able to help with.”

“After narrowing it down and visiting her two favorite colleges, she got offers from both and was also given offers from a couple other schools she talked with. Paige is very happy with the college she will be attending and so are we as parents. Without ScoutU’s help, she would not have been looked at by all the schools that reached out. We are very grateful that DJ found us when he did! ScoutU made this process so much easier than trying to do it ourselves. We’d highly recommend DJ and ScoutU!”

Lisa Marshall, mom of Paige

Lake H.S., University of South Carolina Aiken


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