Schenley Duo talks Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Head Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon rarely has the opportunity to recruit quality local big men. That trend appears to have come to and abrupt halt. Schenley High School has a pair of 2007 prospects that have attracted recruiters from around the nation: DeJuan Blair and D.J. Kennedy.

"Our season is going well. Right now we're 23-1 and we have a 16-0 record in the City League," stated burly power forward/center DeJuan Blair (6-ft-8 inches, 250 pounds). "We worked hard in the off season and things are paying off."

Blair is currently averaging 18 points and 13 rebounds a game. Kennedy is averaging 19 points and 5 rebounds per game.

"It's hard to think about recruiting right now. I know D.J. and I would like to play on the same college team," he said. "We're always in touch with Pitt. Illinois, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Penn State and North Carolina State are some of the other schools in touch with me."

"I'm not sure when I'll make my college decision," stated D.J. Kennedy (6-ft-6 inches, 195 pounds). "I need to start evaluating school and breaking things down to three or four. Pitt will be on that list."

"Wake Forest, Xavier, North Carolina State, Tennessee and Michigan are a few of the schools that have contacted me."

Blair was the starting center for the AAU Pittsburgh JOTS. He played along side Aliquippa (Pa) High School standout Herb Pope (6-ft-9 inches, 230 pounds) at power forward and Kennedy at small forward. ranks Pope the 3rd best power forward in the class of 2007. He committed to the University of Pittsburgh last summer. Current reports indicate that he may consider evaluating other upper echelon programs.

Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon recently received a huge commitment from 2008 prospect Terrelle Pryor from Jeannette High School in Jeannette, PA. ranks Pryor a "five star" prospect and the #1 ranked small forward in the nation.

Despite the overwhelming attention from a myriad of top flight programs, Blair and Kennedy have recently talked about staying close to home and playing for the Panthers. "DeJuan and I have talked about going to Pitt and playing with Herb and Terrelle (Pryor)," stated Kennedy. "We could win a national championship at Pitt. It's still early but we have always talked about playing together."

Blair concluded by stating, "Once our season is over, D.J. and I can start breaking down our list of schools. We like Pitt. Coach Dixon and the staff are great. We'll see how things turn out."

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