DeJuan Blair (born April 22, 1989 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an All-American college basketball player. He played center for the University of Pittsburgh men's basketball team. from 2007 to 2009 and entered the 2009 NBA Draft after an outstanding sophomore (second) season at Pitt.
Blair, the oldest of four children (one of whom died in infancy), grew up in Pittsburgh's Hill District, literally in the shadow of the university—his childhood home is a mere 600 yards (550 m) from the Pitt campus. Although he was the smallest of his siblings at birth, he was the largest child in his class by the time he started school. Basketball was, figuratively speaking, in his blood—both of his parents played at Schenley High School, which was located in the Hill District until 2007, and his uncle ran the nearby Ammons Recreation Center, where he learned to play the game.
Blair played as a four year starter at Schenley High. While there he scored 1,563 career points and finished with an overall 103-16 team record, including a 57-0 record within the Pittsburgh City League. He was named the AP player of the state and made first team all state his junior and senior year. Blair led Schenley to the...
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