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 »

PITT Loses Local D-line Prospect


A few years ago, Pitt was unsuccessful recruiting Hampton RB Steve Paskorz, who eventually signed with Notre Dame. Late this afternoon, Steve’s brother Jordan made a verbal commitment and it wasn’t to Pitt. Paskorz (6-3, 225), who is ranked the No. 28 weak side defensive end prospect in the country by Rivals.com, made a pledge to the Michigan Wolverines. Paskorz told Wolverine.com that with the new coaching staff at Michigan, he wanted to be apart of the rebirth of Michigan football. The 3-star prospect is one of the top defensive prospects this year in the WPIAL and someone Pitt would’ve liked to land. He also had written offers from Pitt, Virginia and Minnesota. ***Elsewhere, the recruitment of Fox Chapel OL Miles Dieffenbach is starting to really heat up. Last week, the blue-chip prospect received a written offer from Bobby Bowden and Florida State and this week he received one fromRead 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 »

NCAA FB: Lewis changes mind, not coming to PITT


In the recruiting circles, most people had Jerome Lewis (Rochester, NY) penciled in as a future Pitt Panther. Lewis threw alot of people a curveball today and gave a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech. Lewis (6-4, 225) reportedly was planning on selecting Dave Wannstedt and Pitt last week and then at the last minute decided he needed more time to make a decision. Then late this afternoon, despite never visiting the Virginia Tech campus, committed to the Hokies. Lewis, who plays both defensive end and tight end, is rated the No. 35 strong side defensive end in the country by Rivals.com. As a junior, he caught 10 passes for 348 yards and one touchdown, while on defense, made 56 tackles, seven sacks and four fumble recoveries. Panthers in Royer’s top 10? One other Pitt recruiting note, 4-star defensive end/linebacker Dakota Royer

Pitt Advances to the Elite Eight


#1 Pittsburgh 60 – #4 Xavier 55 Trailing 37 ‚Äì 29 at the end of the first half, Pitt scored 31 second half points, and Levance Fields made clutch plays down the stretch as the Panthers advanced to the regional finals for the first time in 35 years with a 60-55 win over Xavier No. 1 Pittsburgh trailed No.4 Xavier 54-52 with less than a minute left in the game, until Fields took over. Fields gave Pittsburgh the lead with a 3-pointer with 50.9 seconds left and then with the help of DeJuan Blair, poked the ball away from B.J. Raymond and went in for the layup with 23.9 seconds to go. Sam Young led the Panthers with 19 points and hit two key free throws with 13 seconds remaining in the game, to seal the Panthers win and a trip to the Elite Eight. Fields finished the game withRead More »

Bucs hope to shock the world by becoming the first 16 to ever beat a 1


1. Pittsburgh (28-4) Р16. 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

LeSean McCoy runs mediocre forty times at Pitt’s Pro Day


Pittsburgh RB LeSean McCoy ran forty times of 4.50 and 4.52 at Pittsburgh’s Pro Day on Tuesday Those are mediocre times for McCoy who did not run at the combine. According to Todd McShay of ESPN, McCoy was also lackluster in the broad and vertical jumps but stood out in position work, particularly receiving drills where he showed the ability to “bend up field immediately.” McCoy currently projects as an early second-round pick. He left Pitt banking on being a first round pick. Earlier reports of McCoy running a 4.4 forty time were false.