But when it came time to choose a college team in 2003, Blalock listened to Driscoll and went to Iowa State, then enjoying success under Coach Larry Eustachy. Nearly a decade later, Blalock regrets the decision.
"When I was 16 or 17, I might have said he’s helping me out," Blalock said. "But at 28, he may have hurt me more than he helped me. I know what kind of guy he is now. He burns a lot of bridges."
Blalock said he believed that Driscoll sold him to Iowa State, although he stressed he had no proof. When Iowa State fired Eustachy in the spring of 2003, Blalock said, Driscoll instructed him to call the athletic director, Bruce Van De Velde, and say he would attend another university unless Iowa State hired the assistant Wayne Morgan as Eustachy’s replacement. Morgan was hired, Blalock kept his commitment and Blalock said Driscoll visited Ames about four times a season. (A spokesman at Hofstra, where Morgan now works as an assistant, said Morgan could not be reached for comment.)
"I don’t like to live with regret, but every now and then, I do regret going there," Blalock said. "When it was time to make my decision with the N.B.A., even though my numbers were better than the guys in my class at point guard, all of them went to bigger-name schools and got picked ahead of me."
— Everybody Wants a Piece of Nerlens Noel - NYTimes.com A story on the recruitment of Nerlens Noel talks a lot about Will Blalock, including allegations of recruitment violations.