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What's this?Please select....Baseball TicketsNBA TicketsNFL TicketsNASCAR TicketsWWE TicketsGolf TicketsTennis Tickets Spurs draft Pitt All-America BlairPosted | Comment | Recommend E-mail | Save | Print | By Paul J.

Weber, Associated Press WriterSAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs grabbed one steal to start the week.

They think they ended it with another.The Spurs drafted Pitt forward DeJuan Blair with the 37th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night after the All-American fell into the second round and the waiting arms of San Antonio, which didn't think it had a realistic shot at the 6-foot-7 forward."You don't find a guy falling like that very often," Spurs general manager R.C.

Buford said.The Spurs then drafted Miami guard Jack McClinton with the 51st pick and guard Nando De Colo from France with the 53rd pick.San Antonio was hardly counting on the second round to snare a rookie who could make the roster right away.

But the Spurs may have caught a break with Blair: their frontcourt needs replenishing after dealing Kurt Thomas and Fabricio Oberto in a trade for Milwaukee's Richard Jefferson.Jefferson came over Tuesday in what was a salary dump for the Bucks, which wanted to unload the $29.2 million owed to the scoring swingman over the next two years.

In return, San Antonio only gave up Thomas, Oberto and Bruce Bowen -- three aging bench players.Blair averaged 15.7 points and 12.3 rebounds for Pitt and was the Big East co-player of the year with Connecticut's Hasheem Thabeet, who was drafted No.

2 overall by Memphis.Blair was the only Pitt player in the last 50 years to make first-team All-America.

But while the Spurs were thrilled to get him, Blair was undoubtedly disappointed being passed up in the first round.When he declared for the draft in April after just two seasons at Pitt, the 20-year-old was confident that it would be NBA commissioner David Stern calling his name."I'm an Internet freak and I go on all the draft boards, and nobody's got me going second round," Blair said at the time.

"That's almost guaranteed to me."Teams might have been scared off by Blair's two reconstructive knee surgeries and his weight.

He weighed more than 300 pounds in high school but is now listed around 265.McClinton averaged 19.3 points as a senior for the Hurricanes and set an ACC record with a career 3-point percentage of .440.

DeColo, 22, spent the past three seasons playing for Cholet Basket and averaged 12.3 points a game last season.Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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