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Men's Basketball Hosts Preseason Media Day




Oct. 16, 2008

Coach Dixon Media Day Press Conference
L. Fields Media Day Interview
S. Young Media Day Interview
D. Blair Media Day Interview
G. Brown Media Day Interview
B. Wannamaker Media Day Interview

PITTSBURGH--The Pitt men's basketball team hosted its preseason media day on Thursday at the Petersen Events Center.

 

Pitt will enter the 2008-09 season ranked as a consensus top-10 team. Pitt returns three starters, each of its top three scorers and seven of its top-10 players from a squad that captured the 2008 Big East Championship, finished 27-10 overall and advanced to NCAA Tournament play for a seventh consecutive season.

 

Seniors Sam Young, Levance Fields and Tyrell Biggs all return to the squad along with sophomores DeJuan Blair, Gilbert Brown, Brad Wanamaker and Gary McGhee.

 

The following list depicts where Pitt ranks among the various polls and publications upon entering the 2008-09 season:

 

PRESEASON RANKINGS & PREDICTIONS

(according to national publications and columns)

 

National Rankings

Andy Katz, ESPN.com-No. 2

Slam Magazine-No. 2, Final Four

Blue Ribbon-No. 2

Lindy's-No. 3, Final Four

Rivals.com-No. 3

ACC Basketball Yearbook-No. 3

Joe Lunardi, ESPN Bracketology-No. 1 seed

ESPN.com-No. 6

Luke Winn, CNNSI-No. 6

USA Today-No. 7, Elite Eight

Athlon-No. 7, Elite Eight

Gary Parrish, CBSsportsline-No. 8

The Sporting News-No. 9

Jeff Goodman, FoxSports.net-No. 10

Dick Vitale-No. 10

The Hoops Report-No. 19

 

Big East Conference Predictions

Blue Ribbon-No. 1

Lindy's-No. 2

The Sporting News-No. 3

Athlon-No. 4

USA Today-No. 4

Lindy's-Big East, nation's No. 1 league

 

INDIVIDUAL ACCOLADES

Top-10 Frontcourts

Pitt: No. 3 (DeJuan Blair, Sam Young, Tyrell Biggs)

Pitt: Big East's No. 2 ranked frontcourt, Blue Ribbon

Pitt: No. 6 (DeJuan Blair, Sam Young, Tyrell Biggs), CNNSI

 

DeJuan Blair

Athlon-Super Sophomores

Athlon-nation's No. 8 post man

Athlon-All-America honorable mention

Athlon-No. 29 overall ranking (Fantasy basketball)

Athlon-No. 7 power forward ranking (Fantasy basketball)

Athlon-All-Big East First Team

Lindy's-nation's No. 4 ranked power forward

Lindy's-All-Big East First Team

Levance Fields

Lindy's-All-Big East Second Team

Lindy's-nation's No. 6 ranked point guard

Athlon-nation's No. 9 ranked point guard

Athlon-No. 87 overall ranking (Fantasy basketball)

The Sporting News-Best in the Big East Under Pressure

 

Ashton Gibbs

The Sporting News-Top-100 All-East recruit

Nasir Robinson

Athlon-No. 67 national recruit

The Sporting News-Top-100 All-East recruit

 

Sam Young

Blue Ribbon, Second Team All-America

Blue Ribbon, First Team All-Big East

The Sporting News All-Big East First Team

USA Today-All-Big East First Team

Lindy's-All-Big East First Team

Lindy's-Big East's Most Entertaining Player

Lindy's-nation's No. 3 ranked small forward

Athlon-nation's No. 4 slasher

Athlon-All-America honorable mention

Athlon-No. 21 overall ranking (Fantasy basketball)

Athlon-No. 6 small forward ranking (Fantasy basketball)

Athlon-All-Big East Second Team

 

RECRUITING CLASSES

National Rankings

Hoopscooponline-No. 18

CBS College Sports-No. 33

 

Big East Conference

Athlon-No. 8

Rivals.com-No. 8

The Sporting News-No. 8

 

MAGAZINE COVERS/FEATURE PHOTOS

 

Sam Young, Athlon Regional cover

DeJuan Blair, featured prominently in Slam Magazine preview

Levance Fields, USA Today College Basketball Preview Cover

Sam Young, The Sporting News College Basketball Preview Cover

Sam Young, Lindy's College Basketball Preview Cover

DeJuan Blair, two-page feature in Basketball Times

 

COACHES RANKINGS

 

Hoopscooponline: Jamie Dixon, No. 15 head coach nationally

Hoopscooponline: Tom Herrion, No. 8 assistant coach nationally