Fresh off a private workout with the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, DeJuan Blair will workout for the Charlotte Bobcats Friday morning, Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned. The Bobcats have the 12th overall pick in the NBA draft and sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports that Blair may not be around when the Bobcats pick at #12. Blair is drawing considerable interest from the New Jersey Nets who hold the 11th overall selection and the Milwaukee Bucks who hold the 10th overall selection in the draft. DeJuan Blair told Inside Pittsburgh Sports during the NBA draft combine in Chicago that he had workouts scheduled with the Oklahoma City Thunder (3, 25), New Jersey Nets (11), Charlotte Bobcats (12), Milwaukee Bucks (10), Chicago Bulls (16, 26), Sacramento Kings (4, 23) and the Indiana Pacers (13).
By Paul Ladewski CHICAGO – Ten weeks have passed since DeJuan Blair played his final game in a Pitt uniform, and to see him at the NBA Draft Combine on Thursday afternoon, one message hit home more than any other. The big guy may have left Pittsburgh, but Pittsburgh isn’t about to leave him. Blair is the same well-grounded guy even if he does figure to be a whole lot richer a month from now. He still flashes the same smile that’s as wide as the free-throw lane that he practically owned last season. And Blair still bristles at the talk that he’s too small to make it big at the next level. Those are doubts that he is sure to hear plenty more of prior to the June 26 draft, words that drive him every day of his life, ones that played no small role in his decision toRead More »
By Paul Ladewski CHICAGO – Much like last season, the Big East figures to be the big winners in the NBA draft next month. The conference could have as many as seven first-round selections, more than any conference in the country. The list includes Pitt products DuJuan Blair and Sam Young, who will be among the 52 draft candidates at the NBA pre-draft camp that opens on Wednesday afternoon here. Inside Pittsburgh Sports will be at the combine Thursday morning in Chicago covering the event and will provide daily updates and the latest buzz surrounding DeJuan Blair and Sam Young. The three-day event will have an NFL-style look for the first time, as interviews, agility drills and medical tests will replace scrimmages on the agenda. In addition to Blair, Hasheem Thabeet (Connecticut), Jonny Flynn (Syracuse) and Earl Clark (Louisville) are expected to be lottery selections. The New Jersey Nets (11thRead More »
1. Pittsburgh (28-4) – 16. East Tennessee State (23-10) Analysis: East Tennessee State has a history of being a No. 16 seed, Twenty years removed from nearly upsetting No. 1 seed Oklahoma in the 1989 NCAA Tournament, losing to Oklahoma 72-71. East Tennessee State came the closest to knocking off a No. 1 seed while the streak is now at 98-0 for No. 1 seeds against No. 16 seeds. That number will likely¬†move to¬†100-0 after Pitt and Louisville play on Friday. Scouting Report on East Tennessee State
DeJuan Blair (15.6 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 1 BPG Hasheem Thabeet (13.6 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 4.5 BPG) In the biggest game of the season @ UCONN on February 16, 2009, Blair had 22 points ‚Äì 23 rebounds compared to Thabeet who had 5 points ‚Äì 4 rebounds. That alone should have given Blair a slight edge in the voting. Thabeet is a dominating force on the defensive side of the ball but you could possibly make an even stronger argument for Pittburgh‚Äôs Sam Young and Louisville‚Äôs Terrence Williams for Big East Player of the year honors. Pitt shouldn‚Äôt win the Big East Tournament? Pitt has already locked up a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and in the past it has been believed that the team values the Big East Tournament more than the NCAA Tournament. That is no longer the case as the team has its sights set on aRead More »
Young & Blair combine for 47 points as Pitt makes a major statement The #1 Connecticut Huskies had no answer for Sam Young (25 points) and DeJuan Blair (22 Points – 23 Rebounds) as Pittsburgh upended the #1 team in the nation 76-68 Monday night at the Hartford Civic Center. The win against a #1 ranked opponent was the first in Panthers history. The Panthers move to 11-2 in Big East play and there will be a new #1 team in the nation next week. more to come
Pitt Panthers power forward DeJuan Blair is currently the hottest player in college basketball and recent performances like a 23-point, 22-rebound game against Notre Dame last week and a career high 32-point, 14 rebound game against Depaul yesterday has propelled Blair as a potential first round pick according to many NBA Draft Experts. An Inside Look at Blairs draft stock and has Sam Young fallen out of the 1st round discussion?
Up 39-37 at the half, No.4 Pittsburgh relied on star forward Sam Young to open the game up against Big East rival West Virginia. Young Pitt‚Äôs leading scorer (18.6ppg), scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half to lead No. 4 Pittsburgh to a 79-67 win over the West Virginia Mountaineers on Sunday. Sunday‚Äôs matchup was between two of the Big East‚Äôs top defenses but the Mountaineers could not contain Pitt‚Äôs front court threat of Sam Young (22 points) and DeJuan Blair (16 points). Blair also added 11 rebounds to record his 13th double-double of the season. Da’Sean Butler led West Virginia with 21 points who are now 14-5 on the season. West Virginia is a dangerous team in the Big East but they lack the inside presence to matchup against a physical team like Pitt who can dominate the opposition in the low post. If Joe AlexanderRead More »