DeJuan Blair Declares – Selfish Pitt Fan Rant . . . Sort Of

Posted on April 7, 2009. Filed under: Basketball, Life, NBA, NCAA | Tags: , , , , , , , |


DeJuan Blair

DeJuan Blair


I mean, I keep trying to justify the fact that I think DeJuan Blair needs to stay another year.  My rationalization?  Saying that I don’t want him to end up like Chris Taft, who ultimately just wasn’t ready for the NBA after his sophomore year.  Blair’s story will be different though, because he’s not lazy.  The bruiser  that’s 6’7″ but plays like he’s 7’2″ will make an instant impact since he’s willing to work hard in the paint, as his 12.3 rebounds per game document very nicely.  But how much better can he get if he stays another year?

Not wanting him to declare is selfish in a way, no?  What do you think? 

It’s only because I hate the thought of losing the opportunity to watch him with the Pittsburgh Panthers for one more year.  Now not only do Levance Fields, Sam Young and Tyrell Biggs leave as seniors, but the unique and powerful talent that is DeJuan Blair is following.  No “official” announcement has been made yet and according to a CBS Sports report Blair won’t be hiring an agent, however it looks like he is going to end up entering the NBA draft.

I guess that’s the price fans pay for good talent in successful programs – the risk that you may not have as much time to cheer them on and watch them develop as players.  I was ecstatic last year when I heard Sam Young was maxing out his eligibility!

Makes it a conversation about why people make the decisions they do, right?

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Jamie Dixon Named Naismith National Coach of the Year

Posted on April 7, 2009. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

DON’T BE COY, JAMIE . . . Wait, yes, be COY! 

Congratulations to Naismith National Coach of the Year, Jamie Dixon of the Pittsburgh Panthers.  A 4PM news conference is scheduled at the Peterson Events Center to make the announcement that one of the nation’s top honors in college hoops is being awarded to the Pitt Panther’s head coach. 

University of Pittsburgh Panthers Head Coach Jamie Dixon

University of Pittsburgh Panthers' Head Coach Jamie Dixon

During his six years as a head coach, Jamie Dixon has won more games (163) than any other head coach in NCAA history has in their first six seasons and led the Panthers to the Elite Eight for the first time in 35 years, tying a school record 31-wins in the 2008-9 season.  Not to mention achieving the program’s first ever No. 1 national ranking, and first ever No. 1 NCAA tournament seed.  I’d say he’s deserving . . . Not that I am biased or anything . . .

The award is voted on by the basketball journalist members of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. 

“Pittsburgh had a tremendous season and much of that success goes to Jamie and the wonderful coaching job he did with this team,” Gary Stokan, Atlanta Tipoff Club president, said in a statement. “During his six seasons he has built a solid program that continues to produce wonderful results, both on and off the court.”

Jamie Dixon beat out Jeff Capel of Oklahoma, Trent Johnson of LSU and Bill Self of Kansas.

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