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Blair and Young Earn Sporting News All-America Honors




March 16, 2009

PITTSBURGH—Pitt men’s basketball players—sophomore DeJuan Blair and senior Sam Young—were two of 15 players nationwide selected to Sporting News magazine All-America teams. In the magazine’s March 16 issue, Blair was named to the All-America First Team, while Young garnered All-America Third Team honors.

 

Blair was one of four players featured on the cover of the March 16 issue. He is pictured holding a street sign above his head that reads “ßDetroit 285,” the mileage from Pittsburgh to Detroit, site of this year’s NCAA Final Four.

 

The last Pitt player to earn Sporting News All-America honors was Brandin Knight, a Second Team honoree in 2001-02.


 

 

 

The duo has helped guide No. 2 ranked Pitt to a 28-4 overall record, second place finish in the Big East regular season with a 15-3 slate and the program’s first-ever No. 1 national ranking in three different weeks this year. Pitt also went an undefeated 19-0 at home, won its first 16 games to start the season and defeated the nation’s No. 1 ranked team on two occasions.

 

THE SPORTING NEWS ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

Player of the Year: Blake Griffin, Oklahoma

Coach of the Year: Bill Self, Kansas

Freshman of the Year: Tyreke Evans, Memphis

 

First Team All-America

DeJuan Blair, Pitt

Stephen Curry, Davidson

Blake Griffin, Oklahoma

Tyler Hansborough, North Carolina

James Harden, Arizona State

 

Second Team All-America

Ty Lawson, North Carolina

Jodie Meeks, Kentucky

Jerel McNeal, Marquette

Jeff Teague, Wake Forest

Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut

 

Third Team All-America

Tony Douglas, Florida State

Sherron Collins, Kansas

Luke Harangody, Notre Dame

Jordan Hill, Arizona

Sam Young, Pitt

 

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