Memphis Grizzlies draft Sam Young 36th overall


The Memphis Grizzlies drafted PITT’s Sam Young 36th overall in the second round. Young was projected to be a late first round selection but fell to the Grizzlies at #36. PITT officials are stunned that Young did not get drafted in the 1st round.

NBA: With Stock on the Rise, Blair to workout for the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday


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).

Draft Combine: Young shoots for NBA future in backcourt


By Paul Ladewski CHICAGO — In four years at Pitt, Sam Young was almost anything that we wanted to be. There was Sam Young the poet. Sam Young the pianist. Sam Young the bowler. Sam Young the power forward. Sam Young the small forward. And don’t forget Sam Young, UConn-killer. But there’s at least one Sam Young that has rarely been seen before. He’s the version that Young plans to unveil at private workouts in advance of the NBA draft next month, one that he believes will raise some eyebrows along the way. Meet Sam Young, slam-dunkin’ three-point-drainin’, lockdown defendin’ off guard. The majority of NBA draftniks consider Young to be a 6-foot-6 small forward at the next level, but he is fully intent to change some minds in the days and months ahead. “For sure,” Young told Inside Pittsburgh Sports at the NBA Combine. “A lot of people don’tRead More »

Draft Combine: Blair has “no regrets” declaring for the NBA


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 »

NBA Draft Combine Preview


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 »

Draft Report: Sam Young climbing the draft charts


Young #8 on Chad Ford’s updated Rankings In the NCAA tournament Sam Young showed the ability to score from anywhere on the floor and because of that, Young’s draft stock is currently on the rise. Chad Ford’s updated chart of the top 10 NBA prospects, which was shown last night on NBA Fastbreak, Young was the #8 prospect on Ford’s big board. At mid-season Young was rated in the 30-35 range. Despite rising to the top 10 on some big boards, Young is not a lock to be a lottery pick because of his age. He just turned 24 in March. NBA scouts love young players. At 6-6, 215 lbs, Young

NBA Draft Watch: Blair in mid-late first round discussion


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?

Could Lebron and Vince Carter Co-Exist?


Vince Carter to Cleveland? The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports many observers around the league think the Nets will make the veteran shooting guard available at the trade deadline, and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be in strong pursuit of Carter. Earlier in the season the Lakers were linked to Carter in a potential trade that would send Lamar Odom to New Jersey. ‚Äì Cleveland Plain Dealer Lebron will have plenty of suitors Up to 18 teams could have the cap to sign Lebron James and based on a projected $64 million salary cap, LeBron James could sign with the Cavs for about $133 million in 2010. Other teams could sign him for roughly $102 million. — Cleveland Plain Dealer