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Young, Blair and Fields named to all-Big East teams

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Pitt’s Sam Young and DeJuan Blair earned first-team all-Big East honors and Levance Fields was named third-team All-Big East on Sunday afternoon.

A total of 16 players received all-conference honors in voting by the Big East coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team.

The Big East returned to three five-man teams this season after having two 10-man teams the past three seasons.

This is only the second time Pitt had two players on the all-Big East first team (Charles Smith and Jerome Lane in 1986-87) and the hird time that three Pitt players received all-Big East honors in the same season.

Young, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, is a two-time all-Big East first-team selection. He averaged 18.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Young also was named the Big East Player of the Week for the past week.

Blair, a 6-7 sophomore center, is a first-team all-Big East pick. He averaged 15.6 points and a Big East-leading 12.4 rebounds. Fields, the Big East’s assist leader, was second team in 2006-07 following his sophomore season.

The Player of the Year award will be announced on Tuesday afternoon at the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

Pitt (28-3) will open play in the Big East Tournament in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Thursday against either Notre Dame, West Virginia or Rutgers.

ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM

Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut, C, Jr., 7-3, 263, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Terrence Williams, Louisville, F, Sr., 6-6, 210, Seattle, Wash.
Jerel McNeal, Marquette, G, Sr., 6-3, 200 Chicago, Ill.
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, F, Jr., 6-8, 251, Schererville, Ind.
DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh, C, So., 6-7, 265, Pittsburgh
Sam Young, Pittsburgh, F, Sr., 6-6, 215, Clinton, Md.

ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM

A.J. Price, Connecticut, G, Sr., 6-2, 181, Amityville, N.Y.
Wesley Matthews, Marquette, G, Sr., 6-5, 215, Madison, Wis.
Jonny Flynn, Syracuse, G, So., 6-0, 185, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Dante Cunningham, Villanova, F, Sr., 6-8, 230, Silver Spring, Md.
Da’Sean Butler, West Virginia, F, Jr., 6-7, 225, Newark, N.J.

ALL-BIG EAST THIRD TEAM

Deonta Vaughn, Cincinnati, G, Jr., 6-1, 195, Indianapolis, Ind.
Jeff Adrien, Connecticut, F, Sr., 6-7, 243, Brookline, Mass.
Earl Clark, Louisville, G/F, Jr., 6-8, 220, Rahway, N.J.
Levance Fields, Pittsburgh, G, Sr., 5-10, 190, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall, G, So., 6-5, 185, Bronx, N.Y.

BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION

Weyinmi Efejuku, Providence, G, Sr., 6-5, 210, Fresh Meadows, N.Y.
Dominique Jones, USF, G, So., 6-4, 205, Lake Wales, Fla.
Scottie Reynolds, Villanova, G, Jr., 6-2, 195, Herndon, Va.
Alex Ruoff, West Virginia, G, Sr., 6-6, 220, Spring Hill, Fla.

BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Yancy Gates, Cincinnati, F, Fr., 6-9, 255, Cincinnati, Ohio
Kemba Walker, Connecticut, G, Fr., 6-0, 175, Bronx, N.Y.
Greg Monroe, Georgetown, C, Fr., 6-10, 240, Gretna, La.
Samardo Samuels, Louisville, F, Fr., 6-8, 240, Trelawny, Jamaica
Mike Rosario, Rutgers, G, Fr., 6-3, 180, Jersey City, N.J.
Devin Ebanks, West Virginia, F, Fr., 6-9, 205, Long Island City, N.Y.

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