Through the first two Nike EYBL sessions, Christian Bliss has been the versatile chess piece behind the PSA Cardinals’ 6-2 start.
The class of 2024 guard has averaged 9.9 points, 4.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. He has welcomed this fluid role, which Bliss says is much different than that on his high school team.
“I think every place you go to, the game becomes different. High school, you have to become more of a scorer, more of a do-everything type of guy, but I think now with a lot of good players on the same team, it’s not really the same shot opportunities so it’s finding ways to help the team when it’s not scoring and I think I’m doing a good job of that,” Bliss told LifeWallet Sports. “Whether that’s rebounding, getting assists, getting steals, doing the little plays that don’t show up in the stat sheet but that helps players winning. So I think that’s what I’ve been doing with PSA. I’m just a winner so I’m just doing what winners do: making plays to win games.”
College coaches, including staffers from Miami, were impressed with Bliss’ performances on the circuit. UM offered him after Session 1 in Atlanta.
“They came up to the gym once or twice last year, and coach knows [Miami assistant coach] DJ Irving … And then they came to EYBL for the first session, and they just liked me,” Bliss said. “We’ve been building a relationship for a little while now, me and Coach DJ. And then I got on the phone with [Miami head coach Jim] Larrañaga and I just like the vibe, so I think that’s somewhere that I’m gonna take a visit to.”
In addition to Miami, Bliss says that Villanova, Xavier, Penn State and St. John’s are among the schools that are recruiting him the most and that he’s looking to trim down his list of potential destinations “within the next few weeks.”
The 6-foot-4 rising senior made an official visit to Villanova from April 18-20 and liked “everything they preach about over there. Their culture speaks for itself in terms of, they win, they’ve done a lot in the past.”
Bliss and the PSA Cardinals will return to action on May 12 for the third session of the EYBL circuit in Dallas.
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