March 8, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—For the second time this year, University of Pittsburgh senior forward Sam Young was named the Big East Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week by the league office.
In Pitt’s two weekly wins over No. 1 Connecticut (70-60) and No. 13 Marquette (90-75), Young averaged 24.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, shot 57.1 percent (20-35) from the floor and converted 62.5 percent (5-8) from 3-point range. In a spectacular performance Saturday against Connecticut, Young scored a game-high 31 points (13-23 FG) and grabbed 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Against Marquette, Young finished with 18 points (7-12 FG) and eight rebounds. He also set the school’s career record for most games played with 138.
Young earns Big East Player of the Week honors for the third time in his career. He was also named Big East Player of the Week on both November 19, 2007 and January 26, 2009.