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December 24th Pick and Rolls
by: Matt Schaefer
December 24, 2007
• As much as Pitt fans celebrated their win over Duke Thursday, the loss of Mike Cook is a huge blow to the Panthers advancing far into the tournament. Cook averaged 10 points, 25 minutes a game and is a good passer. Good news for the Panthers is that DeJuan Blair is reminding many of Jason Maxiell.

• John Calipari knew he needed his leading scorer at full strength for Saturday’s game against Georgetown so he worked Douglas-Roberts out himself . Douglas-Roberts who was in a terrible three game funk had 24 points and eight rebounds and along with the Memphis’ 16 offensive rebounds were the main reasons for the Tigers’ convincing win over Georgetown Saturday.

• Bruce Pearl’s Volunteers got an unexpected boost from JP Prince, who lost out on a spot in the rotation at Arizona only a year ago before transferring to Tennessee. Prince scored 23 points in only 20 minutes to help the Vols snap Xavier’s 14 game home winning streak .

Malik Hairston and Tajuan Porter had very forgettable homecomings in their return to Detroit as Oregon got upset by Oakland, who last seen nationally losing the 2005 play-in game.

Gavin Grant, who hit the game winning foul shots against Villanova this year once again had the game winning foul shots this time against Davidson with only four seconds left. Davidson has now lost to Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State by a combined 11 points.

• I recommend reading an interview with Pitt’s Sam Young who talks about how Jamie Dixon thinks he plays too much pickup basketball, how some people think he could be a world class gymnast, his piano skills and his basketball card collection.

• The LA Times got hold of a a couple NBA scouts to discuss OJ Mayo’s draft status. What was the most interesting was one scout stating that Mayo is “maniacal about wanting to get better.”

• In a battle of unlikely unbeatens Ole Miss beat Clemson despite shooting 27 percent in the second half .
 


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DeJuan Blair
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 277 lbs.
Birthday: 04/22/1989
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Schenley
Previous Team: Pittsburgh , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #7 in 2009 Draft
by the Spurs
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
5.3 Pts, 6.2 Rebs, 0.8 Asts


Jason Maxiell
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 258 lbs.
Birthday: 02/19/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Newman Smith
Previous Team: Cincinnati , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #26 in 2005 Draft
by the Pistons
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
2.7 Pts, 1.7 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


Malik Hairston
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 204 lbs.
Birthday: 02/24/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Renaissance
Previous Team: Galatasaray , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #18 in 2008 Draft
by the Suns
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
8.4 Pts, 2.5 Rebs, 1.6 Asts


Tajuan Porter
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Physicals
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Birthday: 03/09/1988
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Renaissance
Previous Team: Oregon , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible:
Quick Stats:
11.1 Pts, 1.8 Rebs, 2.2 Asts


Gavin Grant
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 208 lbs.
Birthday: 03/14/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St Raymond
Previous Team: N.C. State , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
17.0 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 1.5 Asts


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