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22 February 2009

Dante Taylor named McDonald's All American

Dante Taylor was already the first five-star recruit to sign with Jamie Dixon and the Pitt. Now he has added another first for Dixon:He's the sixth-year head coach's first McDonald's All-American.

Taylor, the No. 24 player in the country and the No. 10 power forward prospect in the class of 2009 per Rivals.com, was named to the 32nd Annual McDonald's All-American Game East roster Wednesday night. The announcement was the latest honor for a decorated prospect who has already compiled a long list of accomplishments. There are 12 total players named to each roster; 12 to the East, and 12 to the West.

Taylor will be the fifth Pitt-bound player to participate in the All-American game, following Charles Smith (1984), Jerome Lane (1985), Bobby Martin (1987) and Brian Shorter (1987).

Taylor is one of five All-Americans who are headed to Big East schools. Dominic Cheek (Villanova), Alex Oriakhi (Connecticut), Peyton Siva (Louisville) and Maalik Wayns (Villanova) will also spend their college years in the conference.

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