Joshua Ko is a sophomore walk-on from Hawaii who enrolled at Pitt a few days before classes began in August, 2013. A stellar shooter under pressure, Ko was named Hawaii's 2013 Gatorade State Basketball Player of the Year after he guided his high school team to back-to-back state titles. He will provide depth at the guard position.
ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient...Played in 10 games and in 12 minutes on year...Converted 1-3 3-pointers on season...Finished with three points vs. Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament, 3/13...Scored a career-high four points in his debut game vs. Savannah State, 11/8.
A 2013 graduate of Kalaheo High School where he played for head coach Alika Smith...Named Hawaii's Gatorade State Player of the Year following his senior season...Guided Kalaheo to back-to-back state titles at two different classifications (Division I as a senior and Division II as a junior)...Two-time First Team All-State selection, two-time HHSAA state tournament Most Valuable Player/Hawaii Army National Guard Player of the Game honoree and two-time All-OIA East First Team selection...Averaged 11.9 points, 4.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game, shot 58 percent from the field, 49 percent from 3-point range and 70 percent from the free throw line while guiding the Mustangs to a 19-3 record (8-0 in the league) and Division I state title as a senior...Led Kalaheo to a 60-54 state title overtime victory over Honolulu Maryknoll after scoring 24 points on 9-11 shooting with three assists, including 13 points in a three-minute span...Scored his team's final nine points in the final 1:25 of regulation including a game-tying 3-pointer with 27 seconds left then followed with the first four points of overtime before fouling out with 19 seconds left...Scored 19 points and hit three 3-pointers as Kalaheo competed in the Iolani Prep Classic and dropped a 76-73 decision to nationally acclaimed Houston Yates High School...Upon entering his senior season, the Mustangs were picked as Hawaii's top team by MaxPreps...Led Kalaheo to a 40-6 overall record and Division II state title as a junior...Played for the Force in the Manoa Summer League for his father, Marvin Ko...Fourth player in Kalaheo H.S. basketball history to earn the Gatorade State Player of the Year award...Attended Punahou High School from seventh to ninth grade before transferring to Kalaheo.
Born Joshua Francis Ko on July 11, 1994...Son of Marvin and Cory Ko...Has an older brother, Jordan...Nickname is "K-O"...First-ever native Hawaiian on a Pitt Basketball roster...Outstanding student who graduated high school with a 3.7 grade point average...Volunteered as a youth basketball instructor and for multiple community clean-up efforts...Also has served as a motivational speaker for local youth...Owns two dogs, a Chihuahua and a big hairy dog...Favorite movie is Coach Carter...Enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences.