Nov. 11, 2011
PITTSBURGH--Over 45 former players, managers and coaches including all-time greats Don Hennon, DeJuan Blair, Billy Knight, Sam Young, Brandin Knight, Sam Clancy and CCAC coaching legend Bill Shay are expected to attend Pitt Basketball's Alumni Day during its Sunday contest against Rider. Alumni Day activities at the Petersen Events Center will include dinner and special recognition during halftime of the 6 p.m. contest.
Three Pitt jersey retirees--Don Hennon, Brandin Knight and Billy Knight--will all be in attendance. One of the greatest scorers and shooters in college basketball history, Don Hennon (No. 10) was a two-time All-America selection and Pitt's all-time scoring average leader (24.2 points per game). His 45-point scoring performance against Duke in 1957 remains the school's scoring record. A current Pitt assistant coach, Brandin Knight (No. 20) established precedence for winning as he led Pitt to back-to-back NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances in 2002 and 2003. Knight was named Big East co-Player of the Year, Big East Most Improved Player and First Team All-Big East honors in 2001-02. Billy Knight (No. 34) is considered Pitt's finest all-around player ever. An 11-year NBA player and former Atlanta Hawks General Manager, he is the only player in school history to average over 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in each of his three collegiate seasons (1971-74).
Due to the NBA lockout, San Antonio Spurs' forward DeJuan Blair and Memphis Grizzlies' forward Sam Young are both expected to attend the event. Blair established himself as a key member of the Spurs franchise after he started 65 games and averaged 8.3 points and 7.3 rebounds for the 61-21 Western Conference champions. Blair earned consensus First Team All-America honors as a sophomore at Pitt. In his second season with the Grizzlies, Young played a significant role in the Grizzlies' successful 2010-11 season as he started 46 games and averaged 7.3 points per game. An All-American at Pitt, Young concluded his career as the program's fourth all-time leading scorer and is remembered for his electrifying slam dunks and clutch scoring performances.
Sam Clancy will also be honored on Sunday evening. One of the greatest athletes in school and Pittsburgh city history. Clancy played four years of college basketball, then went onto an 11-year professional football career as a defensive end with the Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts. Clancy is Pitt's all-time leading rebounder (1,342) and is the only player in school history to register over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.
Pittsburgh's all-time winningest college basketball coach Bill Shay will also be among the honorees. A Pitt graduate and three-year basketball letterwinner, Shay spent 39 years at nearby Community College of Allegheny County where he amassed an incredible 803-358 record from 1968-2007. In 1990, his Cougars captured the NJCAA Division II National Championship. He was inducted into the NJCAA Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999, the NJCAA Region XX Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
SUNDAY'S ALUMNI DAY EVENT SCHEDULE
Sunday, November 13, 2011, Petersen Events Center
3:30 p.m.--Alumni registration opens
4:30 p.m.--Alumni dinner, Gold Room on Event Level
6:00 p.m.--Pitt vs. Rider, Petersen Events Center
Halftime--Alumni members are introduced/honored
ALUMNI DAY ATTENDEES
Following is a list of former players, coaches or managers who are expected to attend the Alumni Day (as of November 11, 2011)
Stanley Allen (2003-04)
Manager during the 2003-04 season.
Curtis Aiken (1983-87)
His 1,200 career points ranks 24th on Pitt's all-time scoring list...Scored 30 or more points in two games...Ranks among school leaders in scoring and steals (155 career steals)...Senior leader and team captain on the 1987-88 co-Big East regular season champion Pitt team that finished 25-8 overall and 12-4 in the Big East...His seven steals in a game vs. Syracuse in 1985 tied the school record...Key recruit who helped pave the way for Pitt to enter the Big East...Local Pittsburgh businessman who currently serves as color analyst on the Pitt radio and Pitt Panthers Television broadcasts.
Bernie Artman (1951-54)
Played in 50 games, scored 242 points and grabbed 146 rebounds in his career...Averaged 8.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a senior...Played for head coaches H.C. "Doc" Carlson and Bob Timmons...Graduated from Pitt in 1954.
Dominic Berardinelli (1975-77)
Played guard at Pitt...A 1977 Pitt graduate...Teacher at Franklin Regional High School...Serves as an area basketball scout for Marty Blake, Inc.
Tyrell Biggs (2005-09)
Four-year letterwinner who helped guide Pitt to the NCAA Elite Eight, a No. 1 national ranking, the 2008 Big East Tournament title and a 112-31 all-time record...Played on four NCAA Tournament teams...Ranks second in school history in games played (141)...Concluded his career with 604 points, 410 rebounds in 141 career games played...Started all 36 games as a senior power forward in 2008-09...Currently playing in the NBDL in Canton...Played professional basketball in Greece over the last two years.
DeJuan Blair (2007-09)
Currently plays for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs...Two-year letterwinner at Pitt...Consensus First Team All-America selection as a sophomore in 2008-09: Associated Press, USBWA, Wooden, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, State Farm/NABC and Basketball Times...Named Big East co-Player of the Year and All-Big East First Team selection after leading the nation in offensive rebounding (5.6 orpg.) and averaging 15.7 points and 12.3 rebounds as a sophomore...Registered 35 career double-doubles, two 20-20 performances, three 20-plus rebound games and 17 20-point scoring games...Consensus Freshman All-America pick in 2007-08...Played two seasons at Pitt and finished with 979 points (13.8 ppg.), 769 rebounds (10.7 rpg.) and shot 56.8 percent (394-694) from the floor...Set school record for most rebounds over a two-game stretch (41, 23 vs. Connecticut; 18 vs. DePaul).
Dave Blyshak (1962-65)
Three-year letterman who saw action in 34 career games...Scored 137 career points.
Marcus Bowman (2003-06)
Currently serves as Pitt's Assistant Athletics Director for Administration and Planning...Played on three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams and three straight 20-win teams...Guard from Columbia, S.C....2006 Pitt graduate.
Frank Boyd (1973-77)
Three-year letterman who played in 32 games and scored 25 points in his career.
Rod Brookin (1986-90)
Currently ranks 38th in Pitt history in career scoring with 1,047 career points...Averaged double figure scoring in each of his four seasons at Pitt...Played on the 1986-87 and 1987-88 Big East regular season champion squads...Big East All-Rookie Team selection in 1986-87 after averaging 10.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game...Two-time Big East Rookie of the Week honoree...1990 CBA sixth round draft pick.
Kirk Bruce (1972-75)
Currently serves as Pitt's Associate Athletic Director for Sports Administration...Career stats: 902 points (10.9 ppg.), 334 rebounds (4.0 rpg.) and 200 assists in 83 career games...Well rounded player who led Pitt to an NCAA "Elite Eight" appearance and 25-4 record, including a school-record 22 consecutive wins in 1973-74...Led the 1974-75 Pitt team in scoring (497 points and field goal percentage, .499)...Drafted by the ABA's Utah Stars in the 1975 ABA Draft...Scored a career-high 32 points vs. St. Francis in 1974...1975 Pitt graduate...Served as Pitt's women's basketball coach from 1985-98.
Sam Clancy (1977-81)
Currently works in the Pitt athletic department as its Varsity Letter Club Coordinator...Only player in school history to score 1,000 career points and grab 1,000 career rebounds...Only player in school history to average 10-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in four consecutive seasons...Three-time All-Region honoree...Three-time All-Eastern Eight selection (1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81)...Freshman All-America selection in 1977-78...Ranks 13th all-time in NCAA Division I statistics for rebounds (1342)...Holds Pitt school records for most career double-doubles (66), most 10-plus rebound games (78) and most career rebounds (1,342)...Third round NBA draft pick by the Phoenix Suns (1981)...Ranks No. 9 on Pitt's all-time career scoring list...One of only seven players to start all four seasons at Pitt...Won a Gold Medal on the United States' 1979 Pan American Games Team...Played in the NFL as a defensive end for the Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts...Served as an NFL assistant coach...Nickname is Sam "Bam" Clancy.
Scott Colombo (1986-89)
Three-year letterman who played in 21 career games at Pitt.
Dean Conomikes (Team Manager, 1989)
Served as team manager under head coach Paul Evans...1988 Pitt graduate.
Mike Cook (2006-08)
Two-year letterwinner...Member of the 2007-08 Big East Tournament champion team...Two-year starter who scored 501 points, finished with 156 rebounds and averaged 10.4 points per game in 48 career contests played and started...Senior season came to an end following an ACL injury suffered in overtime of the Duke game at Madison Square Garden...Has played professionally in England and Poland.
Mark Disco (1973-75)
Two-year letterman who played in 10 career games.
Marlon Ferguson (1983-87)
Three-year letterwinner who played in 38 games, scoring 59 points.
Tariq Jamal-Francis (Manager)
Served as Pitt basketball manager from 1999-2005.
Don Hennon (1956-59)
Elected to the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame in 1970...Two-time All-America selection (1957-58 and 1958-59)...One of only four Pitt players to have their jersey retired...Listed in the NCAA's "Men's Basketball Finest" publication...Owns nine of Pitt's top-20 single-game scoring records and scored 40-plus points three times, 30-plus points 23 times and 20-plus points 52 times in his career...Set school record with 12 consecutive games scoring over 20 points...Two-time NABC All-Region selection (1956-57 and 1957-58)...Holds season scoring records for season average (26.0 ppg), season points (651) and career average (24.2 ppg)...Ranks No. 5 all-time on Pitt's career scoring list (1,841) after playing in just three seasons (freshmen were not eligible for competition)...Needed only 38 career games to reach the 1,000-point career mark, a school record...Scored a school record 45 points at Duke as a freshman, then followed it up with a 31 point performance vs. Duquesne...Guided Pitt to two NCAA Tournament appearances and a 16-11 record in 1956-57 and 18-7 record in 1957-58...Drafted in the 1959 NBA Draft in the sixth round by the Cincinnati Royals...Went on to become a medical doctor.
Billy Knight (1971-74)
Consensus All-America selection in 1973-74...Led Pitt to an NCAA "Elite Eight" appearance, 25-4 record, including a school-record 22 consecutive wins in 1973-74...One of only four Pitt players to have their jersey retired...Two-time All-Region honoree...Named to the 1974 All-NCAA Regional East Team...Only player in school history to average over 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in each of his three varsity seasons...Registered two 20-point/20-rebound performances in career...One of only four Pitt players in school history to record 1,000-points, 600-rebounds and 200-assists in a career...Ranks No. 8 on Pitt's all-time career scoring list (1,731 points)...Played the longest professional tenure of any Pitt Panther (11 seasons) for several teams: Indiana Pacers, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics, Kansas City Kings and San Antonio Spurs...Pitt's first-ever first round draft pick when he was selected by the ABA's Indiana Pacers with the 6th overall pick...Brother Terry played at Pitt...Has served as the General Manager for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks.
Brandin Knight (1999-2003)
In his sixth season overall and fourth year as an assistant coach on Jamie Dixon's staff...One of only four Pitt players to have their jersey retired...Named to the 2002-03 Wooden All-America team, one of only 10 players nationwide selected to the squad...Named a 2002-03 Associated Press honorable mention All-America selection...AP Third Team All-America and Sporting News Second Team All-America selection in 2001-02...Two-time consensus All-Region selection (2001-02 and 2002-03)...Named Big East co-Player of the Year and Most Improved Player in 2001-02...Two-time Big East All-Tournament Team selection (2001-02, 2002-03)...Set school records for season assists, career assists, career assists average, career steals, season 3-point field goals made, season 3-point field goal attempts and career 3-point field goal attempts...Led Pitt to the 2001-02 Big East West Division regular season title, 2002-03 Big East West regular season title and the school's first-ever Big East Tournament title in 2003...One of only seven players in school history to score 1,000 points and finish with 400 assists in a career.
Terry Knight (1974-79)
Four-year letterwinner who scored 879 points, grabbed 414 rebounds in his 86-game career...Averaged 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds as a senior in 1978-79...Ranked among school career leaders in free throw percentage...Brother Billy Knight also played at Pitt...Selected in the 1979 NBA Draft's sixth round by the San Antonio Spurs.
James LaValley (1964-67)
Three-year letterwinner who played in 70 career games...Scored 645 points and grabbed 663 career rebounds...Averaged a double-double (11.9 points/12.2 rebounds) as a senior in 1966-67...Had a career-high 19 rebounds on two different occasions...Led Pitt in rebounding in two consecutive seasons.
John Maczuzak (1960-63)
Three-year letterwinner...Played in 49 career games, scored 147 points.
Mickey Martin (1971-74)
In three-year career, scored 705 points and tallied 288 rebounds...Averaged 12.2 points and 12.5 points as both a senior and junior respectively...Drafted in the 1974 NBA Draft fourth round by the Detroit Pistons (No. 69 overall).
Ron Maser (1958-59)
Lettered one season, 1958-59.
Darren Morningstar (1989-92)
Career statistics: 755 points (7.9 ppg.), 426 rebounds (4.4 rpg.) in 96 games...Started at center in 1991-92 and averaged 12.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game...Helped guide Pitt to a 21-12 record and NCAA appearance in 1990-91...Big East/Aeropostale Student-Athlete of the Year recipient in 1992...Earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1992...Drafted in the 1992 NBA Draft Second Round by the Boston Celtics...Played two seasons in the NBA for the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz.
Maurice Polen (2006-08)
Played in 21 career games...Walk-on...Concluded his career at IUP but graduated from Pitt...Works for the federal government.
Darelle Porter (1987-91)
Led the Big East Conference in assists (7.6) in 1989-90, the only player in school history to achieve this feat...Ranks No. 40 on Pitt's all-time career scoring list (1,007 points)...Registered 617 career assists and grabbed 466 rebounds...One of only three players in Pitt history to record a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists vs. Providence on Jan. 23, 1991...One of only six players to average 10-plus points, 4-plus rebounds and 4-plus assists in a season (1990-91)...One of only six players in school history to score 1,000 points and dish out 400 assists in a career...Holds school records for 10-plus assist games: season (9 in 1989-90) and career (13)...Served as head basketball coach at Duquesne University from 1998-2001.
David Roman (1962-64)
Two-year starting guard...Led Pitt in scoring in 1962-63 with 15.0 points per game while guiding Pitt to a 19-6 record and NCAA Tournament appearance...Averaged 10.8 points per game while leading Pitt to a 17-8 record and first-ever NIT appearance in 1963-64...Career statistics: 629 points (12.6 ppg.), 140 rebounds (2.8 rpg.), shot 48.8 percent from the floor in 50 games...Native of Johnstown, Pa.
Bill Shay (1957-61)
Three-year letterwinner at Pitt...Spent 39 years as the head coach at the Community College of Allegheny College, compiling a spectacular 803-358 career record, which ranks among the nation's top junior college coaching wins...Holds the distinction of being the all-time winningest college basketball coach in the Pittsburgh area...Inducted into the NJCAA Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999...Also inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and received the prestigious Legends in Leadership award from CCAC...Guided CCAC to the 1990 NJCAA Division II National Championship with a 36-2 overall record...Led CCAC to eight national tournament appearances, eight region titles, four interregional titles and 38 regional tournament appearances...Operated the "Play Basketball Day Camps" with former Pitt head coach Tim Grgurich...Came to Pitt from Levittown H.S. (N.Y.).
Darryl Shepherd (1984-86)
Two-year letterwinner who played in 58 career games...Averaged 7.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in his career...Averaged 8.5 points during his senior year...Selected in the 1985 CBA Draft fifth round.
Charles Small (2003-06)
Currently serves in the Pitt Athletic department as an academic counselor...Guard from Detroit, Mich....Played on three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams and contributed to three straight 20-win seasons...2006 Pitt graduate.
Pete Smith (1965-68)
Scored 447 points in 68-game, three-year career...Finished career as an 84.4 percent free throw shooter (135-160).
Bill Sulkowski (1971-73)
Three-year letterwinner who served as the team's captain as a senior...Played in 44 career games, scored 239 points (5.4 average) and grabbed 123 rebounds...Nickname is "Zeke"...Honored by the Varsity Letterman's Club...A dentist...1973 Pitt graduate.
Ryan Tiesi (2008-09)
Walk-on who played in 10 career games...Graduated from Pitt in 2009...Lives in Pittsburgh and is an accountant.
Irv Topp (Manager, 1964)
Served as team manager under head coach Bob Timmons...1965 Pitt graduate.
Ken Wagoner (1971-74)
Played in 75 career games, scored 98 points and grabbed 96 rebounds with 166 assists...Played for head coach Charles "Buzz" Ridl...Member of the 1973-74 team that finished 25-4 overall, won 22 consecutive games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament "Elite Eight."
Sam Young (2005-09)
Currently a member of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies...Named to the AP All-America Third Team, Wooden All-America Second Team and Sporting News Third Team in 2008-09...Finalist for the Naismith and Wooden Awards and Lowe's Senior Class Award...Two-time All-Region and two-time All-Big East First Team selection, one of only four players to achieve this honor...Ranks No. 4 on the all-time career scoring list with 1,884 points...Set back-to-back school records for season scoring...Registered 20 points in 32 career games and reached double figures in 97 contests, which ranks second all-time at Pitt...Played in a school record 143 career contests...Averaged 19.2 points as a senior and 18.1 points as a junior...Career averages: 13.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.