RECORDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
JEROME LANE Two-time All-America
CHARLES SMITH Two-time All-America
(1986-87) (1986-87) 6-6 Forward Akron, Ohio
(1986-87) (1986-87) 6-10 Center/Forward Bridgeport, Conn.
NCAA Consensus Second Team All-America selection by both the Associated Press and USBWA in 1987-88. AP, UPI and NABC Third Team All-America selection in 198788. Shortest player to lead the nation in rebounding since 6foot-6 Elgin Baylor accomplished the feat in 1957. Led NCAA Division I in rebounding with a 13.5 average in 1986-87. Concluded career with a 13.1 points per game average and 10.4 rebounds per game and averaged over 12.0 rebounds per game in two consecutive seasons, one of only two players in school history to achieve this feat. Selected in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft.
Played in NBA for several teams including Denver, Milwaukee, Indiana and Cleveland.
Named a Scripps Howard First Team All-America in 1987-88. NABC Second Team All-America in 1987-88. NABC and Basketball Weekly Third Team All-America in 198687. AP and UPI Honorable Mention All-America selection in 198788. 1988 Big East Player of the Year and two-time All-Big East First Team selection in 1986-87 and 1987-88. 1985 Big East Freshman of the Year and only player in school history to earn four straight AllBig East honors in a career. Listed No. 8 on the Big East’s 50 Greatest Players List. Led Pittsburgh to its first outright Big East regular season championship in 1987-88.
Member of the 1988 United States Olympic Team. Third overall pick selected in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft. Pitt’s career scoring leader with 2,045 career points and also finished with 987 career rebounds.
BRANDIN KNIGHT Two-time All-America
AARON GRAY One-time All-America
(2001-02) (2002-03) 6-0 Guard East Orange, N.J.
(2006-07) 7-0 Center Emmaus, Pa.
Named to the 2002-03 Wooden All-America team, one of only 10 players nationwide selected to the squad. 2002-03 Associated Press honorable mention All-America selection. Selected 2001-02 Associated Press Third Team All-America and to the 2001-02 Sporting News All America Second Team. Two-time USBWA All-Region selection (2001-02 and 200203). Named Big East co-Player of the Year, Big East Most Improved Player and First Team All-Big East in 2001-02. 2001-02 USBWA/NABC All-
Selected Third Team AllAmerica by the NABC and Associated Press in 2006-07. Named the 2006-07 Aeropostale/Big East ScholarAthlete of the Year. Finalist for the Naismith, Wooden and Lowe’s Senior Class Award in 2006-07. One of four players in school history to earn First Team AllBig East honors in two consecutive seasons (2006 and 2007). Named the 2005-06 Big East Most Improved Player. District Team selection. Concluded career as school recordholder in career assists and career steals.
DeJUAN BLAIR One-time All-America (2008-09) 6-7 Center Pittsburgh, Pa.
SAM YOUNG One-time All-America (2008-09) 6-6 Forward Clinton, Md. Named to the Associated Press All-America Third Team, Wooden All-America Second Team, Sports Illustrated Second Team and Sporting News Third Team in 2008-09. Finalist for the Naismith and Wooden Awards and Lowe’s Senior Class Award. Two-time All-Region and twotime All-Big East First Team selection, one of only four players in school history to achieve that honor. Associated Press honorable mention All-America and Big East Most Improved Player Award selection in 2007-08. Concluded career ranked fourth on school’s all-time scoring list
(1,884), scored over 20 points in 32 career games and reached double figures in 97 career contests.
Consensus First Team AllAmerica in 2008-09: Associated Press, USBWA, Wooden, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, State Farm NABC, Basketball Times. One of four finalists for the Wooden, Naismith and Oscar Robertson national player of the year awards in 2008-09. Big East co-Player of the Year, USBWA District Player of the Year, All-Big East First Team selection in 2008-09. Led nation in offensive rebounding (5.6 orpg) and ranked among national leaders in rebounding (4th) and field goal percentage (19th), averaged 15.7 ppg. and 12.3 rpg. as a sophomore. Averaged 13.6 points and 10.7 rebounds, finished with 35 career double-doubles, two 20-
20 performances, three 20-plus rebound games and 17 20-point scoring games in two-year collegiate career. Consensus Freshman All-America honoree, three-time national Rookie of the Week selection.
Published on Oct 24, 2011
Published on Oct 24, 2011
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