Eric L. Blackiston ’96
Year Inducted: 2009
One of the most versatile guards in Brown history, Eric Blackiston ’96 finished his career second on the all-time assists list and 16th in scoring when he graduated, despite missing part of his junior season with an injury. Blackiston was the first Brown player in nearly a decade to be named to the First Team All-Ivy in 1995 after leading the Bears in points, assists, and steals.
After a terrific freshman year, in which he was named an Honorable Mention Freshman All-American by USA Today, Blackiston continued to help the Brown program improve during his career, culminating in a .500 season in 1994-95. Despite a 12-14 record during his sophomore year, Blackiston and the Bears were a formidable opponent, knocking off Rhode Island and Northeastern, and giving Duke a scare at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils needed a 20-7 run late in the second half to pull out the win, and Blackiston proved he could compete at the highest levels of collegiate basketball, scoring a team-high 21 points and adding three rebounds and four assists.
As a senior, Blackiston continued his remarkable individual career, becoming just the 16th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark, ending his career with 1,031 career points. In the final game of his career, Blackiston also picked up his 380th assist, pushing him into second on the all-time rankings.
In recognition of his accomplishments on the court, Blackiston received several prestigious awards while at Brown. In 1993 and again in 1995 he was the recipient of the J. Richmond Fales Trophy, presented annually to the most valuable player on the Brown squad. Blackiston was the first player to win the award twice since Bill Chapman in 1981 and 1983. Following his senior season in 1996, Blackiston was also presented with the Thomas Hoagland ’63 Award, given to the member of the team who exemplifies true unselfishness through commitment and hard work.
After graduating from Brown, Blackiston worked briefly for the Diversified Mortgage Corporation. He then moved on to co-found Vision Funding Mortgage Corporation, where he stayed for ten years, until 2008. He currently works for Amica Mutual Insurance, and lives in Raynham, Massachusetts with his fiancée, Fatima Diaz, and their three children, Jasmin 10, Eric Jr., 2, and Brandon 1.