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Blair, Young named Sporting News All-Americans

Blair, Young named Sporting News All-Americans

Pitt’s DeJuan Blair and Sam Young were named to the Sporting News magazine’s All-America teams in the magazine’s March 16 issue.

Blair, one of four players on the cover of the magazine, was named first-team and Young received third-team honors.

The other members of the first team are Player of the Year Blake Griffin of Oklahoma, Stephen Curry of Davidson, Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina and James Harden of Arizona State. Bill Self of Kansas was named Coach of the Year.

Blair and Young are the first Pitt players to be named Sporting News All-Americans since Brandin Knight earned second-team honors in 2001-02.

Pitt (28-4) is expected to receive a No. 1 seed for the first time in the program’s history when the brackets are announced at 6 tonight on CBS.

Here are the complete teams

2008-09 Sporting News All-America teams

First team

DeJuan Blair, Pitt; Blake Griffin, Oklahoma; Stephen Curry, Davidson, Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina, James Harden, Arizona State

Second team

Ty Lawson, North Carolina; Jodie Meeks, Kentucky; Jerel McNeal, Marquette; Jeff Teague, Wake Forest; Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut

Third team

Toney Douglas, Florida State; Sherron Collins, Kansas; Luke Harangody, Notre Dame; Jordan Hill, Arizona; Sam Young, Pitt

Player of the Year: Blake Griffin, Oklahoma

Coach of the Year: Bill Self, Kansas

Freshman of the Year: Tyreke Evans, Memphis

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