Jan. 26, 2009
PITTSBURGH—University of Pittsburgh senior forward Sam Young was named the Big East Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday by the league office.
In Pitt’s two weekly wins over No. 8 Syracuse (78-60) and West Virginia (79-67), Young averaged 22.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, shot 61.5 percent (16-26) from the floor and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (10-12) in 28.5 minutes per game. Young scored 35 of his 44 total points on the week in the second half of both games. He scored 19 of his game-high 22 points in the second half, hit 7-12 field goals and grabbed eight rebounds in a victory over No. 8 Syracuse on Jan. 19. He scored 16 of his game-high 22 points, converted 9-14 field goals and grabbed four rebounds in a win at West Virginia on Sunday.
For the season, Young is averaging 18.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He is converting 48.9 percent (137-280) of his field goal attempts and 35.7 percent (30-84) of his 3-point attempts. He leads the Panthers in scoring, field goals made, 3-point field goals made and blocked shots. Young has scored over 20 points in eight games and has reached double figure scoring in 18 of Pitt’s 19 games this year. In his four-year, 126-game career, Young has scored 1,529 points, grabbed 587 rebounds and blocked 95 shots.
Young earns the Big East Player of the Week honor for the second time in his career. He was also honored as the Big East Player of the Week on November 19, 2007. He becomes the first Pitt player to claim the honor since Levance Fields won the award on December 24, 2007 after he hit a 3-pointer to help defeat Duke at Madison Square Garden.
A midseason All-America Second Team selection by Collegehoop.net, Young is a Wooden Award and Naismith Award All-America nominee. He is also one of 30 national nominees for the Senior CLASS Award.
No. 3 ranked Pitt (18-1, 6-1 Big East) is back in action at No. 21 Villanova on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at the Wachovia Spectrum on ESPN-U. The contest marks the last college basketball game played at the Spectrum.