Feb. 23, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—University of Pittsburgh sophomore forward/center DeJuan Blair 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. 1 Connecticut (76-68) and DePaul (80-61), Blair averaged 21.0 points, 20.5 rebounds, 8.0 offensive rebounds and shot 55.9 percent (19-34) from the floor. With his combined 41 rebounds, Blair set a school record for most rebounds in a two-game stretch, surpassing the previous record of 38 set by Jerome Lane in 1986-87. He recorded a double-double before halftime in both games. Against Connecticut, Blair poured in 22 points (10-17 FG) and grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds. The 23 rebounds ranked tied for second on the Big East all-time game performance list and set the school’s league record for most rebounds in a game. He followed that performance with a 20-point, 18-rebound (10 offensive) and converted 9-17 shots versus DePaul.
For the season, Blair is averaging 15.8 points and 13.0 rebounds per game. He is converting 59.5 percent (175-294) of his field goal attempts. He leads the nation in offensive rebounding (6.0 orpg), ranks fourth nationally in rebounds per game (13.0) and is 16th in field goal percentage (59.5).
Blair is the second Pitt player to earn Big East Player of the Week honors this year. Sam Young also earned the honor on January 26.
Pitt (25-2, 12-2 Big East) plays at Providence on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. The game will be produced by ESPN Regional and broadcast locally on FSN Pittsburgh. The contest marks Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon’s 200th career game.