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A four-time first-team All-Southern Conference selection, DeShawne Blocker (33) will be the first ETSU women's basketball player to enter the Southern Conference Hall of Fame.

Former East Tennessee State basketball star DeShawne Blocker has been selected for induction into the Southern Conference Hall of Fame.

Monday’s announcement comes on the first day of Southern Conference Hall of Fame Week, during which the league will unveil one honoree per day.

Blocker played for ETSU from 1991-95. She was an All-America honorable mention section following her junior and senior seasons.

In the 1993-94 season — during which Blocker grabbed 28 rebounds against Covenant, a single-game league record to this day — she led the NCAA in total boards with a SoCon-record 450 and rebounds per game (17.3).

The Augusta, Georgia, native finished her career with 2,086 points — third in the ETSU record books — and 1,361 rebounds, the latter total ranking third in SoCon history. Blocker averaged 12.7 boards for her career, which stands second in the SoCon and No. 12 in the NCAA books.

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The league’s 1991-92 freshman of the year, 1992-93 and 1994-95 player of the year and ’94-95 female athlete of the year, Blocker is one of only five players to earn All-SoCon first-team honors four times in women’s basketball.

Blocker was the 1995 SoCon Tournament’s most outstanding player despite the fact the Bucs lost the championship to Furman.

Following her collegiate career, Blocker played professionally for three years in Spain, Greece, Austria, and Finland. She later returned to ETSU as an assistant coach, and the Bucs reached the NCAA Tournament three straight years (2008-10) while she was on the staff.

Blocker was named to the SoCon’s 25th Anniversary Team in 2007-08 and she earned a spot on the 100th Anniversary Team when the league celebrated its centennial in 2021.

Inducted into the ETSU Hall of Fame in 2005, Blocker will become the fifth women’s basketball player to be enshrined in the SoCon Hall of Fame and the first from her university.

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