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Nov. 3, 2008

NEW YORK—Pitt was one of five men’s basketball programs nationally to place two players—Sam Young and DeJuan Blair—among recipients for the preseason Associated Press All-America team released by the media organization on Monday. Young and Blair were two of the 24 players receiving votes from a 72-member national media panel.


Pitt, North Carolina, UCLA, Texas and Connecticut comprised the five schools that placed two players among the nation’s top-24.


Both Young and Blair have both earned numerous preseason accolades.


A preseason All-Big East First Team selection, Young was named a Second Team All-America by Blue Ribbon and Fourth Team All-America by Last year, Young earned A.P. All-America honorable mention honors following a junior season which saw him lead the Panthers in scoring (18.1 points per game) and set the school’s single season scoring record with 668 points. The Big East Most Improved Player Award winner, consensus All-Region selection and Naismith and Wooden Award nominee, Young became just the seventh player in school history to earn All-Big East First Team honors. In mid-March, he led Pitt to its second all-time Big East Tournament title and earned Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors after averaging 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks during the Panthers’ four contests at Madison Square Garden.


As a freshman last year, Blair earned consensus Freshman All-America team honors along with the co-Big East Rookie of the Year Award. A three-time National Freshman of the Week and three-time Big East Rookie of the Week honoree, Blair averaged 11.6 points and 9.1 rebounds and led the Big East in offensive rebounding (3.7 per game). He ranked among league leaders in five statistical categories, finished his freshman season with 14 double-doubles on the year and became the first freshman in school history to surpass the 400-point and 300-rebound marks in the same season.


Pitt enters the 2008-09 men’s basketball season ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press and No. 6 in the USA Today/ESPN preseason coaches’ polls. Pitt returns three starters, each of its top three scorers and seven of its top 10 players from a squad that captured the Big East Championship, finished 27-10 overall and advanced to NCAA Tournament play for a seventh consecutive season.



Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina, 72 votes; Stephen Curry, Davidson, 66 votes; Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, 58; Darren Collison, UCLA, 46; Blake Griffin, Oklahoma, 45.


Others Receiving Votes (alphabetical): A.J. Abrams, Texas; DeJuan Blair, Pitt; Jon Brockman, Washington; Chase Budinger, Arizona; Earl Clark, Louisville; Sherron Collins, Kansas; James Harden, Arizona State; Jrue Holiday, UCLA; Lester Hudson, Tennessee-Martin; Damion James, Texas; Ty Lawson, North Carolina; Patrick Mills, Saint Marys, Calif.; Jeremy Pargo, Gonzaga; Patrick Patterson, Kentucky; A.J. Price, Connecticut; Tyrese Rice, Boston College; Tyler Smith, Tennessee; Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut; Sam Young, Pitt.



DeJuan Blair Honorable Mention All-America

Athlon-All-America honorable mention

Athlon-Super Sophomores

Athlon-nation’s No. 8 post man

Athlon-No. 29 overall ranking (Fantasy basketball)

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

Athlon-All-Big East First Team’s No. 9 ranked post player

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

Lindy’s-All-Big East First Team


Sam Young

CNNSI’s Top-15 Seniors

Blue Ribbon, Second Team All-America Fourth Team All-America

Athlon-All-America honorable mention

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-No. 21 overall ranking (Fantasy basketball)

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

Athlon-All-Big East Second Team




Blair and Young Receive Preseason Associated Press All-America Team Consideration

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