|32 Gabe Blair
An athletic forward who made an immediate impact last season ... One of the top rebounders in Conference USA ... Has a nose for the ball ... Coaches are looking for him to be more aggressive offensively this season ... Has a soft touch around the basket and is working hard to become a more consistent mid-range jump shooter.
As A Freshman (2006-07)
Played in all 30 games, making 28 starts ... Ranked third overall in Conference USA in rebounding, averaging 7.0 boards per game ... Had the highest rebounding average among all Conference USA freshmen ... His 211 total rebounds was the fourth-highest total ever by a Pirate freshman as was his rebounding average ... Averaged 5.3 points in 27.3 minutes per game ... Ranked third in Conference USA in defensive rebounding with 4.97 per game ... Recorded a trio of double-doubles ... Grabbed double digit rebounds in seven games, including a career-best 15 against Richmond ... Registered his first career double-double against Richmond by adding 10 points ... Recorded four consecutive games of nine or more rebounds against NC State, Wake Forest, Chowan and Tulsa ... Combined for a total of 20 rebounds in back-to-back games against NC State and Wake Forest, including 11 against NCSU ... Scored a career-high 13 points in his ECU debut against Morgan State on Nov. 11 ... Played more than 30 minutes in a game 11 times ... One of 20 freshmen in school history to start his first game ... Blocked a career-best three shots in the Pirates' Conference USA Tournament game against Tulsa.
Averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks as a senior at Hope Christian Academy in Gastonia, N.C. ... Named all-area by the Gaston Gazette ... Was coached at Hope Christian by Rod Seaford ... Earned all-state honorable mention honors as a junior and sophomore at Prince Avenue High School in Pickens, S.C. before moving to the Charlotte metro area, averaging a double-double each season ... Elected team captain as a junior and senior ... Three-year varsity letterwinner.
Born March 4, 1987 in Washington, D.C. ... Intended major is computer science ... Parents are LaChawn Blair and Eric Crane ... Has one brother and three sisters.