Dexter Pittman (2007-10)
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Four-year letterwinner and two-year starter at center ... played in 134 career games (59 starts) ... set the UT record for career FG percentage (.623) ... holds two of the top three single-season FG percentage marks in school history ... set the single-season FG percentage record as a senior (.654) ... ranks third on the single-season FG percentage list from his junior year (.616) ... finished his career ranked eighth on the UT career blocks list (124) ... attended the prestigious Pete Newell's Big Man Camp in Las Vegas during the summer prior to his junior season (2008) ... dropped over 70 pounds since reporting to campus as a freshman at 366 pounds ... earned the team's Most Improved Player honor as a freshman and shared the honor as a junior ... two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection.
As a Senior in 2009-10
One of 30 preseason candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award ... Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (Dec. 21) ... started all 34 games ... set the UT single-season FG percentage record (.654, 140-of-214) ... third on the team in scoring (10.4 ppg), second in rebounding (5.9 rpg) ... led the squad and ranked fourth in the Big 12 in blocks (63) ... led the team in blocks 19 times ... recorded 17 double-figure scoring games ... opened the season with a career-high 10 made FG on 11 attempts for 21 points, while adding seven rebounds and three blocks against UC Irvine (Nov. 15) ... posted 15 points (7-of-9 FG), eight rebounds and three blocks against Iowa (Nov. 23) ... recorded 21 points (7-of-8 FG) with a season-high seven made FT, nine rebounds and three blocks at Rice (Nov. 29) ... set a career high with seven blocks (No. 2 on the UT single-game list) to go along with 13 points (5-of-8 FG) against USC (Dec. 3) ... registered 14 points (5-of-7 FG) and seven rebounds against Texas-Pan American (Dec. 15) ... set career highs with both 23 points (9-of-16 FG) and 15 rebounds against No. 10/10 North Carolina (Dec. 19) ... tallied 15 points (7-of-8 FG) and nine rebounds against Gardner-Webb (Dec. 29) ... totaled 18 points (6-of-7 FG), nine rebounds and five blocks against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Jan. 2) ... matched his career high with 10 made FG on 15 attempts for 21 points while adding 10 rebounds at Arkansas (Jan. 5) ... blocked six shots against Texas A&M (Jan. 16) ... scored 14 points (7-of-10 FG) in a season-high 29 minutes against No. 24/NR Baylor (Jan. 30) ... collected 13 rebounds with eight points (4-of-5 FG) at Oklahoma (Feb. 6) ... blocked four shots against No. 1/1 Kansas (Feb. 8) ... posted 16 points (5-of-5 FG), eight rebounds and three blocks against Oklahoma State (Feb. 24) ... notched 14 points (5-of-8 FG, 4-of-4 FT), six rebounds and two steals against Oklahoma (Mar. 1) ... posted 16 points (7-of-9 FG) and five rebounds against Iowa State (Mar. 10) in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship First Round ... followed with 14 points (7-of-13 FG) and six rebounds versus No. 21/20 Baylor (Mar. 11) in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship quarterfinals ... earned a spot on the Fall 2008 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA).
As a Junior in 2008-09
Academic All-Big 12 Second Team ... one of the most improved players in the Big 12 Conference, if not the nation, during his junior season ... increased his production from his first two seasons to his junior season in scoring from 2.7 ppg to 10.1 ppg, rebounding from 2.1 rpg to 5.5 rpg, minutes from 6.2 mpg to 16.6 mpg and free throw percentage from 52.0 to 69.1 ... played in all 35 games (24 starts) ... averaged 15.4 points and 10.4 rebounds in 27.6 minutes per game during UT's five postseason contests (Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship and NCAA Tournament) ... one of five players named to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team ... averaged 17.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 28.7 minutes per game in three games during the league tourney... reached double-figures in scoring 15 times after doing so just three times in his first two seasons ... led the team in field-goal percentage (.616) ... second on the team in rebounding (5.5 rpg) and blocks (33) and third in scoring (10.1 ppg) and free throw percentage (.691) ... led the team in blocks 13 times ... opened the season with 10 points (4-of-5 FG) against Stetson (Nov. 14) ... tallied 10 points (4-of-7 FG) and six rebounds against Tulane (Nov. 18) ... recorded his second career double-double with 17 points (7-of-7 FT) and 10 rebounds against Texas State (Dec. 13) ... followed with 19 points (7-of-9 FG), five rebounds and three blocks against Texas Southern (Dec. 16) ... collected eight rebounds against No. 19/22 Michigan State (Dec. 20) ... tallied 21 points (8-of-12 FG, 5-of-6 FT) and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes against Appalachian State (Jan. 2) ... totaled 10 points (4-of-5 FT), nine rebounds and three blocks at Arkansas (Jan. 6) ... scored 25 points (9-of-12 FG) and added seven rebounds and two blocks against Missouri (Feb. 4) ... registered 13 points (3-of-5 FG, 7-of-8 FT) and 10 rebounds at Texas A&M (Feb. 16) ... posted 16 points (7-of-8 FG) and seven rebounds against Baylor (Mar. 2) ... followed with 16 points (6-of-6 FT) and three blocks at No. 9/9 Kansas (Mar. 7) ... set career high with 26 points (9-of-13 FG, 8-of-12 FT) to go along with 10 rebounds against Colorado (Mar. 11) in the opening round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship ... came within one point of the fifth 20-point, 20-rebound performance in UT history with 19 points (8-of-12 FG) and 20 rebounds against Kansas State (Mar. 12) in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship quarterfinals ... his 20 rebounds, four blocks and 34 minutes were all career highs ... the 20 rebounds were also a UT high and the fourth overall 20-rebound game in Big 12 Championship history ... posted 17 points (7-of-12 FG) and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes during the NCAA First Round against Minnesota (Mar. 19) ... added eight points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes against No. 6/5 Duke (Mar. 21) in the NCAA Second Round ... earned a spot on the Fall 2008 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA).
As a Sophomore in 2007-08
Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection ... played in 36 games with one start (Baylor, Feb. 2) ... led the team in field goal percentage (.559) and ranked in a tie for third in blocks (18) ... converted 10-of-18 (.556) FG in UT's seven postseason contests ... scored nine points (4-of-8 FG) with three rebounds against Texas Southern (Nov. 28) ... registered seven points (3-of-3 FG, 1-of-1 FT), five rebounds and a career-high three assists in a season-high 16 minutes at Rice (Dec. 8) ... tallied seven points (1-of-1 FG, 5-of-5 FT) and five rebounds against Texas Tech (Jan. 26) ... set a season high with 14 points (4-of-7 FG, 6-of-8 FT) and seven rebounds at No. 23/23 Texas A&M (Jan. 30) ... grabbed seven rebounds in only nine minutes against Oklahoma (Mar. 15) ... averaged 5.3 points and 6.5 rebounds (tied for second on the team) in 12.3 minutes per contest while converting 8-of-15 (.533) FG during UT's four NCAA Tournament games ... registered his first career double-double with a career postseason-high 11 points (3-of-6 FG, 5-of-9 FT) and a season-high 10 rebounds in 16 minutes against Austin Peay (Mar. 21) in the NCAA First Round ... collected six rebounds against Miami, Fla. (Mar. 23) in the NCAA Second Round ... had four points and six boards (four offensive) in 10 minutes against No. 10 Stanford (Mar. 28) in the NCAA “Sweet 16” ... also did a fine job of defending Stanford center Brook Lopez, holding Lopez without a field goal for the final 13:55 and scoreless for the last 9:25 ... added four points and four rebounds in 15 minutes against No. 2 Memphis (Mar. 30) in the NCAA “Elite Eight” ... one of 12 team members to earn a spot on the Spring 2008 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA).
As a Freshman in 2006-07
Played in 29 of the 35 games ... earned the Lowe's Home Improvement Most Improved Player award (team honor) following the season ... reported to campus on June 1 for summer school at 366 pounds and dropped over 70 pounds during the summer conditioning program and the course of the season to become a factor in UT's playing rotation ... led the team in field goal percentage at .604 (29-of-48) ... ranked fifth on the team in blocks (10) ... opened his career with seven points (3-of-5 FG) and a season-high six rebounds in nine minutes against Alcorn State (Nov. 9) ... equaled his season high with six rebounds and added eight points (4-of-6 FG) in a season-high 12 minutes against Nicholls State (Nov. 21) ... registered a season-high 10 points (5-of-6 FG), six rebounds, two blocks in 11 minutes against Texas Southern (Nov. 28) ... recorded nine points and five rebounds in six minutes against Texas State (Dec. 16) ... went 4-of-4 from the field for nine points with four rebounds in 10 minutes against UT-Arlington (Jan. 2) ... notched his conference season highs of seven points (3-of-3 FG) and four rebounds in a season-high 12 minutes against Nebraska (Jan. 24) ... matched his career high with two blocks in five minutes against No. 7 Texas A&M (Feb. 28) ... one of seven team members to earn a spot on the Spring 2007 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA).
Terry High School in Rosenberg, Texas (head coach Bennett Hatten) ... ranked as the No. 86 prospect nationally by Scout.com following his senior season ... three-year starter at Terry ... posted 1,154 career points in his three seasons ... averaged 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per contest in his three-year career ... named first-team All-Greater Houston by the Houston Chronicle following his senior year ... averaged 17.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game while leading Terry to a 25-11 mark and the 4A Region III semifinals as a senior ... MVP and Offensive Player of the Year for District 24-4A ... tallied 23 points and 21 rebounds in a game against Angleton HS that clinched the District 24-4A title ... posted 20 points, seven boards and two blocks and claimed MVP honors for the Black team in the adidas Superstar Slam, an all-star game featuring the top seniors from the Houston area (May 13) ... tallied a game-high 30 points (14-of-18 FG) and 12 rebounds to earn MVP honors for the victorious South squad at the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star game (July 31) in Austin ... averaged 15 points, 8.5 rebounds and three blocks per game while helping Terry to a 24-8 mark and the District 24-4A co-championship as a junior ... two-time area MVP by the Fort Bend Herald (junior and senior year).
Full name is Dexter Jerome Pittman ... son of Johnny Pittman and and Selma Harris ... father, Johnny, played basketball at Oklahoma State (1989-91) ... born March 2, 1988 in Rosenberg, Texas.