31 Mario Blessing
31 Mario Blessing
Height: 6-2
Weight: 165
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Kusterdingen, Germany
Position: G
Major: Economics
Last School: Urspring HS
Blessing Career Game Highs
Points 16 - at Lipscomb (01/07/13)
Rebounds 7 - Two times
Assists 8 - Two times
Steals 4 - Three times
Blocks
1 - Seven times
 FG Made 5 - Three times
FG Att. 10 - at UMKC (01/06/15)
3FG Made 5 - at Lipscomb (01/07/13)
3FG Att. 7 - Two times
FT Made 3 - Two times
FT Att. 6 - Two times

2013-14: Appeared in all 34 games and drew 26 starts from the point guard position … Named to the A-Sun All-Academic Team … Ranked third on the team with 2.3 assists per game … Tied a career-high with six assists against Kent State (Nov. 22) and Charlotte (Dec. 21) … Had eight points and five assists against Florida Gulf Coast (Feb. 15) … Registered a career-high seven rebounds against North Greenville (Dec. 31) and at ETSU (Feb. 10) … Ranked fifth on the team with 0.7 steals per game … Tied a career-high with four steals against Florida Gulf Coast (Feb. 15) … Tallied 10 points at Cincinnati (Dec. 3) and 11 points and Northern Kentucky (Feb. 8) … Averaged 23.6 minutes per game.

2012-13: Started 25 of the 33 games in which he appeared … Selected to the Atlantic Sun All-Academic team … Averaged 3.5 points and 1.7 rebounds per game … Finished the season with a .366 field goal percentage and a .339 three-point field goal percentage … Scored a career-high 16 points and hit a career-high five three-pointers in the Spartans’ 98-61 win at Lipscomb (Jan. 7) … Recorded a career-high four steals in Upstate’s 68-49 victory over Hampton (Jan. 2) … Tallied four assists in three straight games in January.

2011-12: Played in all 34 games, starting 32 of those as a true freshman for the Spartans … Averaged 4.7 points per game and 1.5 rebounds per contest … Scored a career-high 11 points three different times during the season, coming at ETSU on Jan. 4, against ETSU Jan. 27 and at Jacksonville State on Jan. 3 0... Tallied a career-high six assists on the road at Toledo on Nov. 19 … Made a career-high three three-pointers on Jan. 27 against ETSU and on Jan. 30 at Jacksonville State … Shot 36.4 percent from  the field and 35.2 percent from behind the arc … Averaged 11.9 minutes per game and 1.8 assists per contest … Received the team’s Best Defensive Player Award at the department’s annual Coca-Cola Awards Banquet … A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team.

Before USC Upstate: Was a four-year letterwinner under the direction of Ralph Junge at Urspring High School … Finished senior campaign averaging 13.3 points, 4.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game … Was named team MVP in 2010 and 2011 … Helped guide Urspring HS to three consecutive national championships (2008-10) … Scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in a 63-50 win over current Connecticut Husky Nils Giffey's Berlin squad in the 2010 championship game … Squad also claimed the German High School Championship in 2009 as well as a pair of European Championships in 2008 (in Bosnia) and 2010 (in Lithuania).

Personal: Born on Jan. 10, 1992 in Filderstadt, Germany… Son of Berud and Susanne Blessing… Has two older brothers… Majoring in economics … His parents were his heroes growing up… Most admires his brothers… Favorite season is spring… Favorite TV show is “How I Met Your Mother”… Favorite movie is “Remember the Titans”… Favorited food is schnitzel… Enjoys playing sports and hanging out with friends… Wants to be a professional basketball player.

Mario Blessing's Career Statistics
    Minutes  Total 3-Point F-Throws Rebounds     
Year gp-gs min avg fg fga pct fg fga pct ft fta pct off def tot avg pf fo ast t/o blk stl pts avg
2011-12 34-32 777 22.9 56 154 .364 31 88 .352 16 24 .667 19 33 52 1.5 75 2 62 58 2 16 159 4.7
2012-1333-2566820.241112.3662059.3391323.5651938571.759160523231153.5
2013-1434-2680323.642118.3562677.3382029.6901152631.982178402241303.8
2014-1536-3596826.955150.36736115.31369.6672655812.372193370341524.2
Total 137-118 3216 23.5 194 534 .363 113 339 .333 55 85 .647 75 178 253 1.8 288 5 293 187 7 97 556 4.1