PITTSBURGH--Pitt freshman forward Sam Young earned Big East Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week honors Monday by the league office. Young helped Pitt (11-0) complete its second-ever undefeated non-conference slate with victories against No. 24 Wisconsin and at South Carolina.
In Pitt's two weekly wins, Young averaged 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while converting 12 of his 19 field goal attempts (63.2 percent). He scored a career-high tying 16 points (7-11 FG) and grabbed five rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench vs. Wisconsin on Dec. 31. He also led Pitt with 16 points (5-8 FG) and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in a victory at South Carolina on Dec. 28.
A native of Clinton, Md., Young was named the National Prep School Player of the Year by Scout.com after averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds per game at Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) last year. Through Pitt's first 11 games, Young is averaging 8.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game and is converting 60.0 percent (33-55) of his field goal attempts.
The last Pitt player to earn Big East Rookie of the Week honors was Chris Taft on March 7, 2004. Taft earned the honor six times during the 2003-04 season.
Pitt begins its 24th season of Big East Conference competition Wednesday when it hosts Notre Dame at 7 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center.