Point guard James Robinson returns to the Panthers after a productive freshman season which saw him lead the Big East Conference in assist:turnover ratio, rank second on the team in assists and play a significant role in Pitt's success. A former consensus top-60 national recruit, Robinson has been described as a consistent winner, floor general and student of the game. A first-class leader and competitor who makes teammates better around him, he is a game manager who works hard on perfecting his game, displays a high basketball IQ and makes the right plays on the court. Robinson is a great passer who is skilled at penetrating into the lane off the dribble. A true winner with the ability to lead, he does a superb job of helping his team when it needs it most. His strengths include ball handling, passing, a strong mid-range game and competitive nature. A physically strong all-around player, he has been described as solid in every aspect of the game. More than anything, Robinson is a winner, mentally tough and an excellent leader. He has been known to totally control a game with both brains and leadership. Robinson has also shown a flair for making timely big plays.
2013 USA BASKETBALL
Earned a University of Pittsburgh all-time high two international Gold Medals...Member of the United States Under-18 Team that captured the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic in July, 2013...Team USA captured the Gold Medal with an 82-68 championship win over Serbia...Over the series' nine games, recorded 19 points, 19 assists, 10 steals and committed only seven turnovers...Averaged 14.1 minutes per game and ranked second on the squad in assist:turnover ratio (2.71)...USA finished 9-0, averaged 95.6 points per game and outscored its nine opponents by an average of 39.6 points per game...Team was coached by Florida's Billy Donovan.
Started 32 of 33 games of his freshman season at point guard...Concluded season ranked No. 9 nationally and as the Big East leader in assist:turnover ratio...Led team in assist:turnover ratio (2.83), ranked second in assists (116) and third in minutes played (879)...Totaled seven double figure scoring games on year...Concluded his freshman year ranked among school freshman season leaders in several statistics: assist:turnover ratio (1st, 2.83), games started (3rd), free throw percentage (4th), assists (4th), assists average (3rd) and steals (8th)...Earned Best Defensive Player Award at team banquet...Finished with 10 points (3-6 FG), grabbed four rebounds, registered four assists and added a career-high four steals in Big East Tournament vs. Syracuse, 3/14...Hit two clutch 3-pointers, one to send the game into overtime and one to seal the victory, scored a career-high tying 14 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 3FG) in win over Villanova, 3/3...Converted two free throws with nine seconds to go to seal the win at Providence, 1/22...Finished with 12 points (3-6 FG), hit 2-3 3-pointers vs. Connecticut, 1/19...Scored 12 points with four assists in a career-high 36 minutes vs. Marquette, 1/12...Dished out a career-high nine assists and grabbed a career-high five rebounds vs. Delaware State, 12/19...Named Big East Rookie of the Week on Dec. 3, 2012 after averaging 11.0 points and 7.0 assists per game in Pitt's two wins over Detroit and Howard...Scored 11 points with a career-high five field goals with six assists vs. Detroit, 12/1...Finished with 11 points (4-6 FG), hit a career-high two 3-pointers with eight assists in 31 minutes vs. Howard, 11/27...Set then career-highs for assists (six), steals (three) and field goals made-attempted (4-10) with eight points vs. Michigan, 11/21...Played a then career-high 35 minutes, notched his first double figure scoring game (14 points) and made several key plays down the stretch including a key steal and two game-tying free throws with 10 seconds to go vs. Oakland, 11/17...Played 30 minutes, and limited preseason All-American C.J. McCollum to only 17 points vs. Lehigh, 11/13...Finished with six points (3-4 FG) and four rebounds in career debut vs. Mount St. Mary's, 11/9.
2012 USA BASKETBALL
Member of the United States Under-18 Team that captured the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championships in Sao Sebastiao, Brazil, from June 13-22, 2012...Team USA captured the Gold Medal with an 81-56 championship win over host Brazil...Led Americans in assist:turnover ratio (12:2), totaled 12 assists (2.4 apg.) and averaged 4.4 points and 15.6 minutes per game...USA finished 5-0, averaged 97.2 points per game and outscored its five opponents by an average of 38.6 points per game...Team was coached by Florida's Billy Donovan, Gonzaga's Mark Few and VCU's Shaka Smart...Selected to play for the USA Team in the Nike All-American Hoops Summit on April 7, 2012, at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore....USA dropped an 84-75 decision to the World Team while Robinson started at point guard, hit a 3-pointer and finished with three points in 18 minutes.
A 2012 graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., where he played four years for head coach Mike Jones...Concluded his career as the all-time winningest player in DeMatha basketball history with 120 career wins while guiding the Stags to three WCAC titles, three city championships and two Alhambra Tournament titles during his career...Named First Team All-MET by the Washington Post after averaging 11.2 points, eight rebounds and 6.4 assists as a senior...Also totaled 245 points (91 FG, 9 3FG) and hit 72 percent (54-75) of his free throw attempts...Led DeMatha to a 30-6 overall record, 15-3 league record, No. 1 state ranking, No. 11 national ranking by USA Today and Alhambra Tournament title...Scored eight points and dished out seven assists in DeMatha's 71-56 Alhambra tourney win over Paul VI...Lost only one home game during his four years at DeMatha...Named Second Team All-MET by the Washington Post as a junior...Led DeMatha to a top-20 national ranking, the WCAC title, city championship, Alhambra Tourney title, a 29-7 overall and 12-5 league-best record as a junior...Earned votes for the ESPN National High School Mr. Basketball Award...In 35 games, averaged 10.1 points per game (345 points) and shot 72 percent (108-150) from the free throw line...Converted two game-winning free throws to seal the Abe Pollin City Title Game victory at the Verizon Center over Theodore Roosevelt, 52-50...Scored a season-high 26 points on 10 field goals vs. Jesuit H.S. (Texas)...Finished with 21 points vs. I.C. Norcom...Defeated arch-rival Gonzaga, 51-48, in the WCAC title game...Guided the Stags to the championship and selected Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Les Schwab Invitational...Helped guide DeMatha to a 32-4 overall record, WCAC championship, city championship and second place finish at the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament during his sophomore season...Averaged 10.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game and shot 59 percent from the floor as a sophomore...Played varsity basketball as a freshman...Hit three jumpers in the final 2:30 of play in the WCAC title game against Gonzaga, a 62-61 DeMatha win...Played for USA East in the Nike Global Challenge in Hillsboro, Oregon...Played AAU basketball with Team Takeover and was coached by Keith Stevens...Led Team Takeover to the Nike Peach Jam title in 2010...Finished with an outstanding performance at the NBPA Top-100 Camp in 2010 while leading his squad to the title...In July, 2011, guided Team Takeover to a 15-0 EYBL regular season record and the EYBL title...Scored 24 points, hit all 10 of his free throw attempts and grabbed eight rebounds in leading Team Takeover to a EYBL title game win over the St. Louis Eagles...Ranked the nation's No. 3 point guard by MaxPreps.com...Rated the nation's No. 45 player overall and No. 6 point guard by ESPNU...Rated the nation's No. 55 player nationally by 247Sports.com...Ranked the nation's No. 58 player overall and No. 8 point guard by Rivals.com...Rated the nation's No. 66 player by MaxPreps.com...Ranked the nation's No. 79 player overall and No. 17 point guard by Scout.com.
Born James Robinson III on March 4, 1994...Son of James Jr. and Rayna Robinson...Committed to Pitt on August 21, 2011, one day after taking his unofficial visit to campus...Committed to Pitt saying "it was the right fit for me" and that he "enjoyed the campus, wanted to play for Jamie Dixon and would be proud to attend a top-10 academic university"...Nicknamed "Mr. Consistent" by his high school coach...Also chose Pitt because of its proximity to home and the fact that Pitt fit his list of what he wanted in a program...Pitt recruited him since the ninth grade...Selected Pitt over Virginia, Notre Dame and Miami, Fla....Also considered offers from Georgetown, Maryland, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Marquette, Wake Forest and West Virginia...Enrolled in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences.
Points: 14, two times- Villanova, 3/3/13; Oakland, 11/17/12. FG made: 5, Detroit, 12/1/12. FG attempts: 11, Marquette, 1/12/13. 3FG Made: 2, three times- Villanova, 3/3/13; Connecticut, 1/19/13; Howard, 11/27/12. 3FG attempts: 3, six times- vs. Wichita State, 3/21/13; Connecticut, 1/19/13; Marquette, 1/12/13; at Rutgers, 1/5/13; Detroit, 12/1/12; vs. Michigan, 11/21/12. FT made: 7, Oakland, 11/17/12. FT attempts: 8, Oakland, 11/17/12. Rebounds: 5, Delaware State, 12/19/12. Offensive Rebounds.: 2, Delaware State, 12/19/12. Defensive Rebounds.: 4, three times- vs. Syracuse, 3/14/13; USF, 2/27/13; at Villanova, 1/16/13. Assists: 9, Delaware State, 12/19/12. Steals: 4, vs. Syracuse, 3/14/13. Blocks: 1, Cincinnati, 12/31/12. Minutes: 36, Marquette, 1/12/13.