Blake Ahearn (born May 27, 1984) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Missouri State.
|Born||May 27, 1984|
St. Louis, Missouri
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||De Smet Jesuit|
(Creve Coeur, Missouri)
|College||Missouri State (2003–2007)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Undrafted|
|Number||6, 18, 2|
|2008||San Antonio Spurs|
|2015||Capitanes de Arecibo|
|2015||Santa Cruz Warriors|
|2016–2017||De Smet Jesuit HS|
|2020–present||Memphis Grizzlies (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
Ahearn attended Immacolata School in St. Louis for grade school. He then went to De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, Missouri. He played three years of varsity. He averaged 17.7 points per game as a junior and 18.5 as a senior. He was an All-Metro Selection his junior and senior years and an All-State selection his junior year. In his junior year, he broke his hand in the divisional semifinal game. He was unable to play for the duration of his junior year. His team was state runner-up his junior year losing to Missouri powerhouse Vashon High School in the state championship game.
Ahearn played collegiately for the Missouri State Bears from 2003–2007. He was poised to finish his career with four straight NCAA free-throw titles but failed, and finished with an accuracy of 92.5% during his senior year. He finished his college career as a 94.6% free throw shooter, 435 for 460, all-time best percentage. He also holds a single-season record at 97.5%. He made 60 consecutive free-throws twice in his career (December 20, 2003, through February 14, 2004, and December 19, 2004, to February 26, 2005) which are school and Missouri Valley Conference records. He missed his final attempt against the San Diego State Aztecs in the NIT on March 24, 2007, his final college game. He holds the record for career three-pointers at Missouri State with 276 and was selected the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Freshman of the Year (2004), also being a two-time all-MVC first teamer (2006 and 2007). He came within one game each season of making the NCAA tournament and failed to reach any. His team lost in double overtime to Northern Iowa in the MVC Tournament finals his freshman year and to Creighton in the MVC finals his sophomore year. His team was rated 21st in the RPI his junior year and a 33rd his senior year, which included a win over #7 in the nation Wisconsin.
In the 2007–2008 season, Ahearn played with the NBA Development League's Dakota Wizards. He worked his way to the starting lineup, averaging 19 points, with a 96% free-throw percentage, shooting 49% from the field and 44% from 3-point range in 41 games.
On March 21, 2008, Ahearn was signed to a 10-day contract by the NBA's Miami Heat, whose roster had been depleted by injuries. On March 27, Ahearn scored a team-high 15 points in a loss to the Detroit Pistons.
On April 10, Ahearn was named the Rookie of the Year of the D-League and All-NBA Development League Second Team.
Despite posting a solid NBA preseason during which he averaged 8 points per game, Ahearn was cut by the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 23, 2008. After being waived by the Timberwolves he joined the Dakota Wizards. On November 16, Ahearn was signed by the San Antonio Spurs becoming the 2008–09 season's first D-League call-up. Ahearn was in camp with the Wizards prior to signing with the Spurs. On November 30, Ahearn was assigned to the Spurs' D-League affiliate Austin Toros.
The Spurs waived Ahearn on December 15, 2008, and he re-joined the Dakota Wizards. He was selected to play in the D-League All-Star Game on February 14, 2009, where he was awarded MVP alongside Courtney Sims.
On August 1, Ahearn signed a contract with the Italian team Teramo Basket but he was waived after a few games.
On December 29, he re-signed with the Erie BayHawks.
Blake started the 2011–12 season participating for the United States Basketball Team in the 2011 Pan American Games. The United States won the Bronze medal with a win over the Dominican Republic in the Medal Rounds. Blake was second on the team in scoring, averaging 10 points per game, including a team-high 21 points vs Brazil in round robin play.
After the games, Blake signed with the Erie Bayhawks in the NBA Development League. On draft day Blake was traded to the Reno Bighorns.
Blake attended training camp with the Los Angeles Clippers during the first part of the D-League season. He then returned to the Bighorns.
During the 2011–12 season Blake led the NBA-D League in scoring at 23.8 points per game He was selected to play in the D-League All-Star Game and had 21 points and 8 assists during the game. Blake also set the NBA and NBA D-League mark of 110 consecutive free throws during his season in Reno. Blake set the all-time career points record for the NBA Development league in 2012.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Domestic leagues statisticsEdit
|2009–10||CB Estudiantes||Liga ACB||13||25.1||.294||.414||.983||1.1||.8||.7||.1||14.2|
|2010–11||Teramo Basket||Lega A||6||24.5||.286||.345||1.000||1.7||1.3||.5||.0||9.3|
|2014–15||Santa Cruz Warriors||D-League||10||19.4||.429||.390||.944||1.7||2.4||.6||.0||8.9|
|2014–15||Capitanes de Arecibo||Americas League||3||25.0||.125||.316||.750||2.0||2.3||1.0||.0||8.7|
- Alum Blake Ahearn Signs With Miami Heat[permanent dead link]
- Spurs Sign Blake Ahearn
- Butler logs first 20-point game since return as Wiz crush hapless Heat
- Pistons rally past Heat and clinch division title
- Ahearn Named NBDL Rookie of the Year Archived September 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- San Antonio’s Blake Ahearn Assigned To Austin Toros Archived 2008-12-26 at the Wayback Machine
- "All-Star History: NBA D-League All-Star Game". NBA.com. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
- "2011 Pan-Am Basketball: Blake Ahearn Leads USA to Victory over Brazil". 27 October 2011.
- "Utah Jazz to Sign Blake Ahearn". 9 April 2012.
- "Jazz to Sign Blake Ahearn to a 10-Day Contract".
- "Ahearn Becomes NBA Development League's All-Time Leading Scorer". NBA.com. 2012-01-21. Archived from the original on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-01-15.
- "Jazz Signs Blake Ahearn for the Remainder of the Season".
- Pacers Sign Three Free Agents
- "Pacers Exercise Option on George, Release Three Players".
- Blake Ahearn jugará junto con Haislip en los DongGuan Leopards de China (in Spanish)
- "BUDIVELNIK KIEV lands scorer Ahearn". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
- Blake Ahearn signs with Capitanes de Arecibo
- Santa Cruz Warriors Acquire Blake Ahearn
- "Title Wave: Santa Cruz Wins NBA D-League Championship". NBA.com. April 26, 2015. Archived from the original on April 29, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- Thornton, Larry (July 14, 2014). "Former Spartan Blake Ahearn hired as De Smet's new coach". ksdk.com. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
- "Blake Ahearn Named Head Coach of the Austin Spurs". NBA.com. August 1, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
- "Grizzlies Add Assistant Coach". NBA.com. June 20, 2020. Retrieved June 20, 2020.