As a young boy honing his basketball skills, one-time NBA hopeful DeJuan Blair believed that…
Blair, Young Fall To Second Round
An Associated Press First Team All-America, Wooden All-America Team member, All-East Regional selection, co-Big East Player of the Year, USBWA District 2 Player of the Year and the Big East's only unanimous All-Big East First Team honoree, Blair concluded his sophomore season at Pittsburgh averaging 15.7 points per game and a league-leading 12.3 rebounds per game. He posted two 20-20 performances on the season (vs. Notre Dame and vs. Connecticut), totaled 21 double-double games, scored 20 or more points in 11 contests and grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 22 games. He ranked among national leaders in offensive rebounding (1st), total rebounding (4th) and field goal percentage (16th). He also set the school record for most rebounds over a two-game stretch with 41 (23 vs. UConn, 18 vs. DePaul), surpassing the previous two-game record of 38 set by Jerome Lane in 1987-88. Blair ends the 2008-09 season ranked among school season leaders in field goal percentage (second, .593), rebounds (second, 432), rebound average (seventh, 12.3), offensive rebounds (second, 195) and defensive rebounds (second, 237).
In his two-year career, Blair scored 979 points (13.6 ppg.), pulled down 769 rebounds (10.7 rpg.) and shot 56.8 percent (394-694) from the floor. In 2007-08, he capped his freshman season at Pitt by earning consensus Freshman All-America honors, the co-Big East Rookie of the Year award, Big East All-Rookie Team accolades and All-Big East honorable mention honors.
An AP Third Team All-America, Wooden All-America Team member and two-time All-Big East First Team selection, Young concluded his senior year with 19.2 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game averages. As a senior, he set his own season scoring record with 690 points on the year, shot 50.2 percent (261-520) from the floor and 37.2 percent (54-145) from 3-point range. He finished his four-year career ranked fourth on Pitt's career scoring list with 1,884 points, set the school's career games played record (143) and ranked among career leaders in 20-plus scoring games (32), double figure scoring games (97), field goals made (716) and blocked shots (109). Young also garnered All-America honors from Sports Illustrated (Second Team) and The Sporting News (Third Team).
Blair and Young helped guide Pitt to a 31-5 record, second place finish in the Big East regular season (15-3 slate) and the program's first-ever No. 1 ranking in three different weeks this year. Pitt also finished 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 duo helped Pitt earn the school's first-ever No. 1 seed upon entering the NCAA Tournament and led the Panthers to the NCAA East Regional final, the program's most wins in an NCAA Tournament (3).
Young was by himself in Atlanta and did not speak to the media Thursday night. Blair's camp had a media room set up at a downtown hotel, and he watched the draft in a nearby room with his family. However, after he wasn't taken in the first round, the media were told that Blair wouldn't talk with them.
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