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Sam Young and DeJuan Blair Named to Wooden All-America Team




April 1, 2009

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Two University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball players—senior Sam Young and sophomore DeJuan Blair—were named to the 2009 Wooden All-America Team announced Wednesday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Pitt and North Carolina were the only two schools with two players selected to the 11-member team.

 

Young and Blair become just the third and fourth men’s basketball players in school history to earn Wooden All-America Team honors. Charles Smith was an All-America honoree in both 1986-87 and 1987-88 and Brandin Knight earned the honor in 2002-03.

 

A panel of more than 1,000 national sports media members and college basketball experts voted on the team. Voters selected 10 players from a list of 24 finalists and ranked each player on a scale from 1-to-10. Wooden Award voters were asked to take into account regular season and postseason performance along with character and academic performance.

 


 

 

Young and Blair are now both finalists for the John R. Wooden Award. Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is awarded to the nation’s best player at an institution who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

 

The top vote-getters and finalists for the John R. Wooden Award will be invited to Los Angeles next weekend for the Wooden Award gala. The finalists will be announced on Monday, April 6. The awards ceremony, which will take place at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday, April 10, will include the presentation of the men’s and women’s Wooden Award winner, the Wooden Award All-America teams and the Legends of Coaching Award.

 

2009 WOODEN AWARD ALL-AMERICA TEAM

(in alphabetical order)

Player

Ht.

Pos.

Cl.

School

DeJuan Blair

6-7

F

So.

Pitt

Stephen Curry

6-3

G

Jr.

Davidson

Blake Griffin

6-10

F

So.

Oklahoma

Tyler Hansbrough

6-9

F

Sr.

North Carolina

Luke Harangody

6-8

F

Jr.

Notre Dame

James Harden

6-5

G

So.

Arizona State

Gerald Henderson

6-4

G/F

Jr.

Duke

Ty Lawson

5-11

G

Jr.

North Carolina

Hasheem Thabeet

7-3

C

Jr.

Connecticut

Terrence Williams

6-6

F

Sr.

Louisville

Sam Young

6-6

F

Sr.

Pitt

 

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