Former Arizona guard Courtney Blakely is returning to Middle Tennessee State

Middle Tennessee State wasn’t happy about that Courtney Blakeley left for Arizona last season. She was ruled out of two exhibitions and four regular season games for the Wildcats while the NCAA investigated her transfer. She was cleared by the NCAA just before UA went to the Bahamas. Apparently the Blue Raiders got over it, because the guard returns after a year in the desert.

Blakely made 10 starts for MTSU as a sophomore before entering the portal. Arizona head coach Adia Barnes said the transfers she brought in last year were intended to play supporting roles, while the top-ranked freshman class got the bulk of the playing time.

That’s how it worked out for Blakely, who played about seven minutes per game less at Arizona than he did the year before at MTSU. Her overall scoring dropped, but she had the best three-point and free throw percentages of her Wildcat career.

Blakely averaged 4.8 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 17.2 minutes per game in 2023-24. She averaged 11.2 points per 40 minutes, only slightly less than the 11.4 she averaged as a sophomore. Her assists per 40 minutes dropped, but so did her turnover. Her 2.6 steals per 40 minutes were just shy of the career high of 2.7 she had as a freshman.