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March 25, 2007

DeJuan Blair Is Coming

Filed under: Basketball,Players — Dennis @ 2:47 pm

If you need something to look forward to next year, look no further than Class AAAA basketball champion DeJuan Blair. Before leading Schenley to the state title, he was interviewed by Pittsburgh Sports Insider.

PSI: You are so close to the University of Pittsburgh, how well do you know the players, have you been able to play with any of them?

DB: I know them real well. I haven’t gotten to play with any of them yet, but it is something I look forward to doing soon. Probably as soon as March Madness is over.

PSI: How do you see yourself fitting into the Pitt system next year?

DB: I’m going to try to win a Big East Championship. Whatever I have to do for the team to do that, I will. Obviously, I hoping I will be a starter, but I just want to win.

PSI: Describe your style of play for someone who maybe hasn’t seen you on the court.

DB: I am a team player. I love to pass the ball. I would rather pass and have teammates be involved than scoring a bunch myself. I like to do a little bit of everything. The main thing though is that I love winning; I’ll do anything to help my team win.

I’m pumped.





An article in the Harrisburg Patriot News listed Blair as 6’8″ and 280lbs. Is that correct? If so, can he play football?!

Comment by HbgFrank 03.25.07 @ 4:00 pm

He’s thick, but not that thick. Most of the references I have seen list him at 240 lbs.

Comment by kelli taylor fan club 03.25.07 @ 4:02 pm

DeJuan Blair Is Coming…

Trackback by University Update 03.25.07 @ 4:14 pm

He’s more like 6’6″ and maybe 250, but probably 240.

Comment by RWill 03.25.07 @ 5:29 pm

he is a big boy and will need to turn some of that weight into muscle and work on his conditioning. He started to run out of gas at the end of the PIAA game. Air ball on a late free throw and missed easy layups later in the game. Fortunately, his conditioning will improve. He is a very physical player that will fit in well with the JD style of play. He is also very athletic going to be an athletic monster on the court. I don’t know how much he weighs, but i wouldn’t be surprised if it was well north of 240

Comment by TMGPanther 03.25.07 @ 5:31 pm

Here is the link to the article. I tend to belive the 240 number is closer to the truth.

link to pennlive.com

Comment by HbgFrank 03.25.07 @ 5:31 pm

Here is a link to the article. I have to think 240 is closer to the truth.

link to pennlive.com

Comment by HbgFrank 03.25.07 @ 5:34 pm

Robinson had a double-double in that game as well. It will be nice to see them 2 be a part of the same team in 2 years.

Comment by Rob 03.25.07 @ 6:18 pm

Does anyone know if Aliquippa’s Antonio Reddic is going to be playing college ball? I was very impressed by his play yesterday against Prep Charter. I know he was recruited moderately as a cornerback.

Comment by kelli taylor fan club 03.25.07 @ 7:00 pm

Sorry, I should have been more specific. I was wondering if he signed on to play football anywhere (I think Akron and Pitt were interested), or if there were any basketball programs interested in him? Thanks.

Comment by kelli taylor fan club 03.25.07 @ 7:03 pm

Just to confuse the matter more…here are two consecutive paragraphs from a Trib article on Pitt’s BB future (specifically regarding who will replace Gray):

Some of the candidates to replace the 7-foot Gray are sophomore Tyrell Biggs, who averaged 3.2 points in 37 games this season, incoming junior-college star Cassin Diggs and Schenley’s 6-foot-7, 250-pounder DeJuan Blair, the centerpiece of Pitt’s heralded recruiting class.

“Wherever they need me, I’m going to step up and I’m going to be there,” said Biggs, a 6-8, 245-pounder. “I’m going to make myself able to step in at the 5 (center) when they need me there.”

So is he 6-7 or 6-8 or 245, 250, 280?

Comment by HbgFrank 03.25.07 @ 11:40 pm

Random comments —

All those HS measurements are overblown. He might be 6’7″ (maybe) and somewhere between 240 and 250.

Nasir Robinson did not look impressive in that State Final. Yes, his stat line ended up good because it was a high-scoring game, but he didn’t look exceptional on the court. Would certainly not have thought he was a Big East recruit.

Comment by tiger paul 03.26.07 @ 8:12 am

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