Two-sport prospect Blake Hinson, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound specimen heading into his junior year, said he will not be at Deltona High School this year.
Hinson, who holds major college offers for both basketball and football, told the Sentinelon Tuesday that he is trying to finalize a decision that will likely take him to one of several out-of-state high schools that have highly-regarded basketball programs.
Football practices for Florida high schools open Monday, but Hinson is busy playing basketball with his Showtime Ballers travel team today Wednesday through Sunday in Las Vegas.
Hinson’s departure closes a chapter on Deltona’s best boys basketball run in school history. His father, Denny, stepped down as the Wolves’ boys basketball coach following last season, which ended with a region semifinal loss to Edgewater.
In 2015-16, with Blake starting as a freshman alongside his brother, Evan, Deltona went 21-9 and reached the state final four for the first time. A year earlier the Wolves were 24-5 and captured the school’s first district title when Evan was a standout junior and Blake was playing varsity ball as an eighth grader at Warner Christian of South Daytona.
Like Evan, who signed with South Carolina in 2016 and played both football and basketball as a freshman, Blake is being recruited as a tight end by a number of colleges and as a burly, powerful player with deep shooting range by basketball programs. He averaged an area-leading 28.9 points per game last season.
Hinson’s list of scholarships offers includes Boston College, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, St. John’s, South Carolina, UCF and Wichita State according to recruiting sites.
He said he added offers from Clemson and Georgia Tech last week.
“A lot of schools offer me but don’t say you can play both sports,” Hinson said. “FSU offered me in both sports, but not to play both. UNC did say I could play both.
“I can’t tell you which sport I’ll sign for because I don’t feel like my recruitment is over. I’m going to make my decision when I’m a senior. I’ve got to wait till it’s all finalized.”
Hinson has put up numbers all spring and summer for the Showtime.