Season Stars

Issue Date: 
April 13, 2009

Celebrating during the April 2 Dapper Dan Dinner & Sports Auction at Pitt’s Petersen Events Center are Shavonte Zellous (left), the Pitt women’s basketball guard who was named the Dapper Dan 2008 Sportswoman of the Year, and DeJuan Blair, the former sophomore center for the Pitt men’s basketball team. Zellous was drafted April 9 by the Detroit Shock in the first round of the WNBA draft—the first player from Pitt ever  to be drafted by the WNBA. DeJuan Blair, meanwhile, announced April 8 that he would enter the NBA draft and skip his junior and senior seasons of college eligibility. Inset: Zellous and Blair appeared together on the Nov. 18, 2008, regional cover of Sports Illustrated. While sports lore says that being pictured on the magazine’s cover jinxes an athlete, it seems to have had the opposite effect on Zellous and Blair.