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"You're My Boy Blu"

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Written by Seth Rubinroit, USC blog contributor

USC basketball fans may remember David Bluthenthal as a three-point sharpshooter and hard-nosed rebounder who helped lead the Trojans to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament in 2001.
 
David-Bluthenthal-Spain.jpgHe is still lighting it up from beyond the arc, averaging 9.3 points per game for Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv on 50.9 percent shooting, including 36.8 percent from three-point territory, but he now goes by David Blu after shortening his last name to make life easier for his son and two daughters.
 
"When I was growing up in LA, it was hard for me to have a name like Bluthenthal," Blu said. "Nobody could pronounce it. People would make fun of me, and I was always so self-conscious about it."

Maccabi Electra narrowly lost to FC Barcelona Regal on Wednesday, 70-67, but will still advance to the quarterfinals of the Euroleague playoffs after finishing in second place in Group H of the round of 16.
 
"We have another tough opponent, Panathinaikos, that is similar to Barcelona," Blu said. "The fact that we have a chance to compete for the Euroleague Final Four is a great feeling."

After the season, Blu plans on returning to USC to complete his degree, and eventually hopes to become a sports commentator or an actor.

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