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