Charlotte, NC – Charlotte 49ers head coach Alan Major announced the signing of 6-8 forward Cameron Blakely (Winder, Ga. /Apalachee H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the 49ers.

“The coaching staff is very excited about welcoming Cameron to the 49ers family,” Major said. “Cameron left his mark on Apalachee High School after leading them to the state playoffs for the first time in four years. He brings a unique combination of size and skill to our team.” ranks Blakely the fifth best recruit in the state of Georgia and the 33rd ranked power forward in the nation.

Blakely, who earned first-team All-Northeast Georgia honors as a senior, averaged 16.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game this past season. He earned second-team All-Northeast Georgia honors as a junior. This past year, Blakely, who was a three-year starter, led Apalachee to a 17-10 record and a return trip to the 5A state playoffs after a four-year absence. He scored in double-figures in all 27 games and he led his team in scoring 23 times. In the final seven games of the season, he averaged 19.1 points, 12.6 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game.  He recorded 18 double-doubles and had 14 games with five or more blocked shots as a senior. Not only does he excel on the court but in the classroom as well since he earned Apalachee High School Scholar-Athlete honors.

Blakely finished his career with 1,110 points, 894 rebounds and a school-record 397 blocks. Blakely’s father, Anthony, played at Mississippi State in the 1980s and then he played professional basketball for 13 years.

“Cameron is a player that can do a lot of things,” Apalachee coach Kevin Morris said. “He is a quality person and a great teammate. He is well respected by everyone. Cameron is a 6-foot-8 player that can stretch the floor with his shooting. He can handle the basketball. He creates mismatches since he is capable of scoring inside as well as on the perimeter. Charlotte is getting a quality person that can really play.”

Blakely joins a 49ers recruiting class that includes Clemson transfer 6-7 forward Bernard Sullivan and Tulane transfer 6-2 guard Ben Cherry.

With a young lineup that often featured five freshmen and sophomores on the court, Charlotte went 21-12 last season and earned a post-season berth in the NIT.  It was the 49ers first 20-win season and first post-season appearance since 2008.  The 49ers, who competed in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2012-13, will move to Conference USA in 2013-14.