Steve compiled an amazing 100-4 record in high school across three teams. He was a USA Today All-America honorable mention selection and runner-up for the “Mr. Basketball” award in the state of Virginia following his senior season at Oak Hill. Recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons ranked Steve as the second-best prep point guard in his class. In the final game of his high school career, Blake led a team of future ACC stars past a team of future SEC stars, 145-115, in Reynolds Coliseum on the NC State campus in the Fila/USA Hoops Challenge.


As a senior, Steve started at point guard and averaged 8.8 points and 7.3 assists as Oak Hill was named the 1999 high school national champion by USA Today, ESPN and the Associated Press. Oak Hill continued its outstanding tradition with a perfect 31-0 record, becoming the school’s third undefeated team in nine seasons and defeating seven of the top 25 nationally ranked teams. Steve dished a season-high 13 assists at Minnetonka (MN) High School on January 30. In addition, he achieved a double-double (16 points, 10 assists) as Oak Hill defeated Mt. Zion (NC) to win the championship of the Reebok Invitational/Las Vegas Holiday Tournament, resulting in an All-Tournament team selection. He also averaged 6.3 assists in three games, including six assists in the championship game over Christ the King (NY), as Oak Hill won the Glaxo-Wellcome Holiday Tournament in Raleigh, NC. His coach at Oak Hill was Steve Smith.


Steve started at point guard for Miami Senior High School as a junior, leading the team to a 36-1 record, the 6A Florida state championship, and a No. 4 slot in the USA Today national rankings. Accolades for Steve included USA Today All-America honorable mention, All-State second team, All-County first team, State Championship Series All-Tournament team, All-Tournament team selection at the Iolani Tournament (HI), and All-Tournament team and Most Valuable Player at the Chelsea Tournament (MA). Steve scored 14 points, including 12 from 3-point range, as Miami Senior won the 1998 State Championship and scored 17 points in a win over Dillard in the Wilt Chamberlain Rising Star Shootout with the tournament’s namesake in attendance. He played for coach Frank Martin.


Steve started at point guard on the varsity squad as a freshman and sophomore at Miami Killian, leading the team to a 33-3 record and Killian’s first appearance in the semifinals of the 6A state tournament in 19 years. In both his freshman and sophomore years, Steve was named to the State Championship Series All-Tournament team, received an All-State honorable mention selection, and earned All-Tournament team honors in the Junior Orange Bowl Classic. In addition, he was named All-County second team as a freshman and first team as a sophomore. His coach at Killian was Gabe Corchiani.