Levon Kendall is a six-foot-10-inch redshirt senior forward from Vancouver, British Columbia who contributes outside shooting, leadership, hustle, intangibles, passing and stellar post defense. Kendall is a combination forward who will see action at both the small and power positions. Last year, Kendall started 30 games at power forward. In 2005, Kendall was named to the World Basketball Championships All-Tournament team after leading Canada to its first-ever Bronze Medal and overtime victory over USA with a 40-point, 12-rebound performance. Following his performance, he was promoted to the Canadian Senior National Team and has played two years on the squad. Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon discovered Kendall while scouting another player at a showcase event.
Played the last five summers with the Canadian National program...Played on the Canada Senior National Team in both 2005 and 2006...Represented Canada this past summer in the Diego Gianatti International and Alpos Cup...Helped Canada place fifth at the FIBA America's World Championship qualifier in 2005...Named to the five-member World Basketball Championships All-Tournament Team, after leading Canada's Junior National Team to its first-ever Bronze Medal in August, 2005...Scored 40 points (16-22 FG) and pulled down 12 rebounds in a 93-90 overtime victory over Team USA...Scored 16 points and added nine rebounds in the Bronze Medal win vs. Australia...Averaged 11.4 points and shot .556 (20-36) from the floor in Canada's Tournament of the Americas in July, 2004...Led team with 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, shot 50.0 percent (21-42) from the floor and ranked second on team in assists per game (2.3) for the Under-21 Canadian National Team in four Global Games contests in June, 2004...Scored 18 points (9-14) in a win over Croatia...Scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. United States...Averaged 7.8 points and 4.8 rebounds for Canada in five Global Games contests in 2003...Averaged 14.0 points and 9.6 rebounds in five international contests for Canada with the Canadian Junior National Team in 2002.
Started 30 of Pitt's 33 contests played on year...Earned Best Defensive Player Award at team banquet...Named a Big East Academic All-Star for the second consecutive season...Reached double figure scoring in seven games and double figure rebounding in two games (13-Rutgers, 10-Auburn)...Ranked second on the team in rebounding (5.4 rpg) and blocked shots (34)...Averaged 7.0 points, 23.8 minutes per game, shot .494 (82-166) from the floor and .718 (56-78) from the free throw line...Grabbed six rebounds in 26 minutes of NCAA Tournament Second Round game vs. Bradley, 3/19...Scored 10 points (5-6 FG) with five rebounds in 20 minutes of NCAA Tournament First Round game vs. Kent State, 3/17...Tied a season-high with three steals and scored three points in 22 minutes vs. Syracuse in the Big East Championship Final, 3/11...Scored six points (6-6 FT) with seven rebounds and played 23 minutes vs. Villanova in Big East Championship semifinal, 3/10, after missing the West Virginia game with lower back spasms...Missed Big East Championship quarterfinal West Virginia game due to lower back spasms, 3/9...Notched a career-high 15 points (7-11 FG) with eight rebounds and a career-high tying three blocks vs. Seton Hall, 3/3...Scored six points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out a career-high tying four assists in 26 minutes at West Virginia, 2/27...Scored five points in 19 minutes at Marquette, 2/18...Pulled down six rebounds for the second consecutive game and scored seven points (3-4 FG) in 22 minutes vs. Cincinnati, 2/12...Scored nine points (3-5 FG) with a career-high tying three steals while battling foul trouble at Connecticut, 1/31...Grabbed nine rebounds including five offensive, scored six points in 24 minutes vs. Marquette, 1/28...Scored six points, blocked a career-high three shots in a career-high 32 minutes vs. Syracuse, 1/23...Registered his first career double-double and surpassed career highs for points (14), rebounds (13), minutes played (30), field goals made (seven) and field goals attempted (13) vs. Rutgers, 1/18...Grabbed six rebounds at Louisville, 1/15...Scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in 26 minutes vs. Notre Dame, 1/4...Tied a career-high with 11 points and grabbed five rebounds vs. Coppin State, 12/21...Scored 10 points (4-7 FG) with eight rebounds and three assists in a career-high tying 29 minutes vs. Vermont, 12/17...Scored a then season-high 10 points (3-4 FG), recorded two blocks and seven rebounds vs. Penn State, 12/10...Finished with seven points, four assists and five rebounds at Duquesne, 12/7...Scored nine points, grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds vs. Auburn, 12/4...Scored nine points, finished with four rebounds and four assists vs. St. Francis (N.Y.), 11/29...Grabbed nine rebounds and finished with four assists vs. Robert Morris, 11/23...Scored nine points (4-8 FG), grabbed five rebounds in the season opener vs. Saint Peter's, 11/19.
Earned the team's Most Improved Player Award at the team's annual awards banquet...Named a Big East Academic All-Star...Played in 22 games with eight starts on season (Syracuse, Providence, at West Virginia, St. John's, Notre Dame, at Syracuse, at Villanova, West Virginia)...Started eight of the last 13 games...Played 305 minutes and averaged 13.9 minutes per game...Threw down two dunks (four points) at Boston College, 2/28...Played 18 minutes at Villanova, 2/20...Played 25 minutes with five points and four rebounds at Syracuse, 2/14...Started and played a career-high tying 29 minutes, scored eight points (3-4 FG) and pulled down a career-high six rebounds including four offensive at West Virginia, 2/5...Started and played 25 minutes, pulled down four rebounds vs. Providence, 1/31...Started first career game, played a career-high 29 minutes, hit a career-high three 3-pointers (3-7), scored nine points and grabbed a career-high five rebounds vs. Syracuse, 1/29...Made two blocks down the stretch, one of which made the ESPN "Plays of the Day," finished with two steals and two rebounds and played a career-high 20 minutes at Connecticut, 1/22...Scored six points and grabbed four rebounds at St. John's, 1/18...Hit two 3-pointers, scored six points vs. Duquesne, 12/4...Scored seven points, grabbed three rebounds in a career-high 18 minutes vs. Coppin State, 12/18...Scored eight points vs. Howard on 3-5 shooting, 11/20.
Saw action in 14 games and in 79 minutes on season with no starts...Played in four Big East games (St. John's, Virginia Tech, Providence and Villanova)...Played 12 minutes off the bench vs. New Hampshire, 12/27...Scored career-high 11 points (4-8 FG) with his first career 3-pointer, three rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes vs. Murray State, 12/20...Played a career-high 17 minutes and grabbed a career-high four rebounds vs. Chicago State, 12/17...Saw first career game action with one minute off the bench vs. St. Francis (Pa.), 11/22.
A 2002 graduate of Kitsilano High School in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he lettered three years on the varsity team for Head Coach Simon Dykstra...Named First Team All-Canada in 2001 and played on Canadian Junior National Team during the summer of 2002...Averaged 23.2 points, 13 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game as a senior at Kitsilano...Led Kitsilano to a record of 84-4 and three Provincial championships (sophomore, junior and senior seasons)...Scored 31 points, connecting on 15-of-19 field goals, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked eight shots in 2002 Provincial AAA title game...Provincial first team All-Star selection...Vancouver Sun and Province Newspapers preseason first-team selection...Named British Columbia Athlete of the Year in 2002...Averaged 18.7 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior...Provincial All-Star selection as a junior...named to Basketball Canada's Regional Training team...Averaged 20.2 points, 11.4 rebounds per game and helped lead Kitsilano to 34-1 record, grade 10 championship as a sophomore...Named MVP of the British Columbia Summer Games as a sophomore...Earned silver medal in Under-15 soccer nationals in 1998...Led soccer squad to three Provincial titles...Played goalkeeper on both his high school squad and Vancouver International select team.
Born Levon Maxwell Simon Kendall on July 4, 1984...Son of Pauline and Simon Kendall...Has two older sisters, Erin and Alison...Father composes music, plays and writes music...Bilingual, speaks both English and French...Favorite TV show: The Simpsons...Favorite food is sushi...Interests include playing the drums, hiking, soccer, piano, cliff diving, meditation, racing mountain bikes, white water rafting and snowboarding...Once played the drums in a band called "The Unknowns"...Also considered Utah State, UC-Santa Barbara and Oregon State...One of two international players on Pitt's roster (Doyle Hudson)...First name is pronounced LEE-von...Majors in anthropology and will graduate in December.