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Antonio Graves is a quick combination guard who can play either the point or off-guard positions. Graves rises to the occasion when Pitt needs it most. Last year, he provided a scoring threat off the bench while his key performances included a 19-point day against Marquette and four Big East Championship games that saw him average 10.8 points per game and hit eight 3-pointers. Graves is an athletic player and intelligent on-ball defender who takes good shots and plays with intensity. A team player and leader, Graves signed with Pitt in August, 2003, several hours before the first day of classes. Prior to signing with Pitt, he was set to attend a prep school when Head Coach Jamie Dixon called with a scholarship offer. Look for Graves to make even more of an impact as a senior in 2006-07.
Has played in 93 career games with 31 starts...Averages 4.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game...Owns an outstanding 1.42 career assist:turnover ratio...Has helped lead Pitt to three NCAA Tournament appearances and three 20-win seasons...Has 18 career double figure scoring games.
Played in 33 contests with two starts (vs. Kent State and vs. Bradley)...Earned Coaches Award at team banquet...Reached double figures in six games on season (15-Saint Peter's, 12-Maine, 19-Marquette, 18-Providence, 18-vs. Villanova, 14-vs. Syracuse) ...Averaged 10.8 points per game, shot 48.3 percent (48.3) from the floor and hit eight 3-pointers in four Big East Championship games...Hit a career-high four 3-point field goals, scored 14 points and blocked a career-high two shots in 30 minutes vs. Syracuse in the Big East Championship final, 3/11...Scored a team-high 18 points (7-12 FG), hit 3-6 3-pointers and grabbed five rebounds in Big East Championship semifinal vs. Villanova, 3/10...Hit a career-high tying six shots from the floor, scored 18 points (6-10) and hit a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line vs. Providence, 2/25...Provided a spark off the bench, scored nine points (3-4 FG) in 25 minutes at Marquette, 2/18...Hit 3-5 field goals, scored seven points in 18 minutes vs. Cincinnati, 2/12...Scored a career-high 19 points, hit 3-4 3-pointers and set a career-high with six field goals made in 24 minutes vs. Marquette, 1/28...Played a season-high 33 minutes and dished out a career-high seven assists vs. Notre Dame, 1/4...Scored six points, hit two 3-pointers in a season-high 26 minutes off the bench vs. Vermont, 12/17...Scored nine points (4-8 FG) in 16 minutes vs. Penn State, 12/10...Grabbed five rebounds vs. Auburn, 12/4...Scored 12 points (5-6 FT) with a career-high eight rebounds vs. Maine, 11/26/05...Scored 15 points (4-7 FG) and hit two 3-pointers in 27 minutes of season opener vs. Saint Peter's, 11/19.
Earned the Best Defensive Player Award at the annual awards banquet...Started 25 of his 27 games played...Led Pitt in 3-point shooting percentage (.462, 36-78)...Registered nine double-figure scoring contests on season including three straight from Dec. 4-Dec. 11...Sat out two games (Howard and Richmond) with a left ankle injury...Reached double-figure scoring in three of the season's last four games...Finished with 12 points (5-11 FG) in 33 minutes in the NCAA Tournament First Round vs. Pacific, 3/17...Scored 11 points (4-6 FG) with five assists at Notre Dame, 3/5...Led team with 13 points (career-high 5-13 FG, 3-6 3FG), pulled down five rebounds in 26 minutes at Boston College, 2/28...Finished with eight points in 30 minutes at Villanova, 2/20...Finished with 14 points (4-9 FG) and five rebounds vs. West Virginia, 2/23...Scored nine points (3-5 3FG) in 30 minutes at Syracuse, 2/14...Finished with 10 points (4-8 FG), played 35 minutes and hit two 3-pointers vs. Notre Dame, 2/12...Scored 11 points (2 3-pointers), grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in 32 minutes at West Virginia, 2/5...Hit game-winning shot on a driving layup in overtime, played career-high tying 38 minutes at Rutgers, 1/8...Played a career-high 38 minutes vs. Bucknell, 1/2...Scored a career-high 18 points (2 3FG) on 5-7 shooting and 6-8 free throws at Penn State, 12/11...Scored 10 points (4-5 FG) vs. Memphis in the Jimmy V. Classic, 12/7...Finished with 12 points (5-8 FG) and a career-high six assists vs. Duquesne, 12/4...Scored a then-career-high 12 points (4-8 FG) vs. Loyola, 11/27...Sat out season opener vs. Howard with an ankle injury.
Played in 33 games with four starts (New Hampshire, Georgia, William & Mary, Virginia Tech)...Played in 356 minutes and averaged 10.8 minutes per game...Saw action in all three NCAA Tournament games (vs. Oklahoma State, vs. UCF, vs. Wisconsin)...Started four games from 12/27-1/6 (New Hampshire, Georgia, William & Mary and Virginia Tech)...Played four minutes in NCAA Sweet Sixteen contest vs. Oklahoma State, 3/25...Hit 3-pointer in six minutes of play in the Big East Championship Game vs. Connecticut, 3/13...Contributed two points, grabbed three rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes at Providence, 3/2...Played 16 minutes vs. St. John's, 2/4...Played 21 minutes in place of Carl Krauser (foul trouble), dished out career-high tying five assists and scored four points vs. Boston College, 1/28...Dished out a then career-high five assists, scored five points in Big East opener vs. Virginia Tech, 1/6...Scored 10 points (3-4 3FG) with three assists vs. William & Mary, 1/3....Reached double figures for the second time in his career with 10 points (4-7 FG) in a 31-minute start vs. Georgia, 12/30...Made first career start, finished with five points and two assists vs. New Hampshire, 12/27...Scored seven points in 22 minutes vs. Chicago State, 12/17...Scored first career points and finished with a career-high 11 points (4-7 FG) along with 3-5 3-pointers in 14 minutes vs. Albany, 11/28...Saw first career action in season opener and Coaches vs. Cancer Classic vs. Alabama, 11/14.
A 2003 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School where he played for Head Coach Gregg Collins...Earned Ohio Division I First Team All-State honors, the first Mansfield Senior player to garner that distinction since 1967 (36 years)...Named Co-Northwest District Player of the Year...Averaged 19.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game as a senior...Led Mansfield Senior Tygers to a 19-4 record and state playoff appearance as a senior...Selected to play for the North squad in the Mansfield News-Classic All-Star Game and earned Most Valuable Player honors in the contest...Nominated for the McDonalds All-America game...Named Most Outstanding Player at the Five Star Basketball Camp in 2002...Played on Cleveland AAU team, one of the top teams nationwide...Earned MVP honors at the summer Eastern Invitational in 2003...Named a "Standout Player" at the Five Star Camp in Bryn Mawr, Pa., 2002.
Born Antonio Dapreis Graves on April 17, 1985 in Mansfield, Ohio...Son of Taymarra Graves and Michael Davis...Has four brothers--Terry, Miles, Michael, Mikel--and one sister--Tasha...Hails from an intriguing basketball family background as uncle Ahmed Kent ranks second on Mansfield Senior's career scoring list, while several cousins played NCAA Division I basketball, including Dapreis Davis (Nebraska, 1989-92) and Marquis Sykes (Morehead State, 1999-03)...Spent days after high school working out with personal trainer and former San Diego Padres strength and conditioning coach Benji Bethea...Happiest and most gratifying moment in sports: signing with Pittsburgh...Became the fifth player in seven years to earn a basketball scholarship out of Mansfield Senior...Favorite sports figure is Michael Jordan and Washington Wizards guard and former Maryland standout Juan Dixon...Majors in communication & rhetoric.
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