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LaVell Blanchard is still among rarified air when it comes to his accomplishments at the University of Michigan.
There were not a whole lot of people unfamiliar with LaVell Blanchard by the time he suited up for the Michigan Wolverines. Blanchard turned in an impressive career at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, which made him a can't-miss prospect for head coach Brian Ellerbe.
Nobody appeared to be more dominant in the state than Blanchard. The small forward averaged 27.7 points, 13 rebounds and four assists en route to carrying Pioneer to a Class A state title. Those kind of numbers can get anyone's attention.
Jason Richardson, who went on to play for the Michigan State Spartans, beat Blanchard out for Michigan's Mr. Basketball award. The McDonald's All-American committee did not snub Blanchard, though.
After the All-American game, Blanchard finished as the No. 6 overall prospect in the class of 1999.
Despite the fact Blanchard was not the top ranked recruit, he received the Gatorade Player of the Year award.
The Wolverines got exactly the kind of player they were hoping for.
To this day, Blanchard is the only player in history to lead Michigan in scoring and rebounding for four consecutive seasons. By the time Blanchard's eligibility ran out in 2003, he'd scored 15.8 points and nabbed 7.3 rebounds per game for his career. Blanchard also earned All-Big Ten Conference honors all four years with the Wolverines.
Unfortunately, Michigan never made the NCAA tournament during Blanchard's time in Ann Arbor. This is about the only thing missing from his resume.