A strong, inspirational, versatile, exciting and all-around player, Carl Krauser returns for his final season at point guard. The redshirt senior is a competitive, aggressive, hard-working and passionate player who gives all-out effort. Krauser can handle the ball, score, rebound, play an up-tempo game and is a tenacious in-your-face defender. He is also quick off the dribble, quick to the basket and thrives as Pitt's go-to player in the clutch. He also has proven to be a media and fan favorite for his engaging personality and flashy play on the court. A Bronx, N.Y. native, Krauser is a former amateur boxer who displays New York flair when playing the point. During his career he has gone from helping Brandin Knight earn the Big East co-MVP and Most Improved Player award to earning his own Big East Most Improved Player award in 2003-04. Krauser has led Pitt in both scoring and assists in each of the last two seasons.
Has made 62 career starts in 93 career games played...Became just the fifth player in school history to score 1,000 point of his career and dish out 400-career assists...Reached the 1,000-point milestone with his final point of the game vs. St. Johns, 2/8...Became the 33rd player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points...It also took him 84 games to reach the 1,000-point mark...Ranks eighth all-time in Pitt school record books for career assists (408). Became just the seventh player in school history to register 400-plus assists in a career...Three-time career Big East Player of the Week award winner (school record).
A John Wooden Award and Naismith All-America candidate...Bob Cousy Award finalist (nation's top point guard)...Second Team All-Big East selection...USBWA All-District 1 team selection...Two-time Big East Player of the Week selection in 2004-05 (Dec. 6 and Dec. 20)...Named the team's Most Inspirational Player at the annual awards banquet...Ranked 21st among NCAA Division I leaders in assists per game (5.9)...Ranked among Big East leaders in six statistical categories: scoring (7th), free throw percentage (11th), assists (3rd), steals (7th), 3 point FG made (8th), assist:turnover ratio (14th)...Notched six 20-plus point scoring contests on the season and reached double figure scoring in 25-of-29 games...Reached double-figure scoring in 15 consecutive games and in 24 of his last 26 games played...Notched two double-doubles on season (at Notre Dame, at West Virginia)...Scored 27 points (9-18 FG) and hit 5-10 3FG in 40 minutes in the NCAA Tournament vs. Pacific, 3/17...Led team with 18 points (7-13 FG) with nine rebounds and four steals vs. Villanova in the Big East Championship, 3/10... Finished with his second career double-double with 15 points, 11 assists and five rebounds in a full 40 minutes at Notre Dame, 3/5...Scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds and added seven assists at Boston College, 2/28...Finished with 21 points and seven assists vs. Connecticut, 2/26...Scored 10 points vs. West Virginia, 2/23...Finished with 16 points, hit 8-10 free throws, grabbed five rebounds and finished with four steals at Villanova, 2/20...Hit go-ahead 3-pointers, finished with 4-7 3-point shooting, scored 14 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists at Syracuse, 2/14...Hit go-ahead driving layup, scored 16 points, hit 3-6 3FG vs. Notre Dame, 2/12...Scored 12 points, registered five rebounds vs. St. John's, 2/8...Finished with 14 points, a career-high 15 assists and eight rebounds in a full 45 minutes at West Virginia, 2/5. The 15 assists rank as the second all-time game mark in school history (16 is the school record). It was his first career double-double...Scored 19 points (7-13 FG), hit 3-4 3-pointers, dished out nine assists in 38 minutes vs. Providence, 1/31...Led Pitt with 19 points, hit 8-8 free throws, dished out nine assists and grabbed six rebounds vs. Syracuse, 1/29...Connected on 10-11 free throws, dished out eight assists, grabbed five rebounds and finished with 15 points at Connecticut, 1/22...Scored team-high 22 points (8-13 FG), grabbed seven rebounds and finished with seven assists at St. John's, 1/18...Registered a near-triple double with nine points, eight rebounds and six assists vs. Seton Hall, 1/15...Scored 15 points (9-10 FT) with seven assists and seven rebounds vs. Georgetown, 1/5...Scored 20 points and hit four 3-pointers (4-7) vs. Bucknell, 1/2...Scored 14 points (10-13 FT) vs. South Carolina, 12/29...Named Big East Player of the Week after Pitt's victory against Richmond...Finished with a career-high 31 points, hit a career-high tying 6-8 3-pointers, finished with seven rebounds and five assists in a victory against Richmond, 12/23...Scored 17 points vs. Coppin State, 12/18...Named Big East Player of the Week after averaging 22.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists after leading Pitt to victories over Penn State and Memphis...Poured in a then-career-high 28 points on a career-high 11-18 field goals along with six assists at Penn State, 12/11...Hit a career-high 15-18 free throws, finished with 17 points vs. Memphis in the Jimmy V. Classic, 12/7...Scored 15 points, finished with six assists vs. Duquesne, 12/4...Dished out nine assists vs. Loyola, 11/27...Scored 18 points vs. Robert Morris, 11/24.
An Associated Press honorable mention All-America selection...Earned All-Big East Second Team honors...Named the 2003-04 Big East Most Improved Player...Selected to the USBWA All-District and NABC All-District First Teams...Named team's Most Inspirational Player and Free Thow Shooting Leader at annual awards banquet...Earned Big East All-Tournament honors after leading Pitt in points per game (14.7), averaging 4.7 rebounds and hitting 15-of-18 free throws in its three games...Started 32-of-32 games played on year (missed four games due to injury)...Led Pittsburgh in scoring (15.4 points per game) and assists (145)...Ranked among Big East leaders in several statistical categories: 15th in scoring (15.4), 9th in free throw percentage (77.7), 4th in assists (4.53), 14th in steals (1.62) and 13th in turnover:assist ratio (1.51)...Notched double figures in 26-of-32 games and led team in scoring in 18 contests on season...Averaged 17.0 points, hit 20-26 (76.9 percent) free throws in three NCAA Tournament games...Led team with 15 points, pulled down six rebounds in NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen contest vs. Oklahoma State, 3/25...Scored 16 points, hit 8-10 free throws, grabbed eight rebounds in 39 minutes of the NCAA Tournament Second Round vs. Wisconsin, 3/21...Led team with 20 points (9-10 FT) with four rebounds and three steals in NCAA Tournament First Round vs. UCF, 3/19...Finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists in Big East Championship game vs. Connecticut, 3/14...Led team with 18 points and five assists and hit several key baskets down the stretch in Big East Championship semifinal vs. Boston College, 3/12...Scored 16 points (7-8 FT) in Big East Championship quarterfinal vs. Virginia Tech, 3/11...Hit 9-10 free throws, scored 11 points despite 1-9 shooting vs. Villanova, 3/6...Converted 13-15 free throws, finished with 22 points and eight assists and four rebounds in the win at Providence, 3/2...Scored a career-high 26 points (7-14 FG), hit 9-12 free throws, pulled down nine rebounds and scored nine points during a 17-0 Panthers run at Georgetown, 2/24...Led Panthers with nine rebounds and seven assists and scored 13 points (4-11 FG) in 38 minutes at West Virginia, 2/21...Finished with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and one blocked shot vs. Connecticut, 2/15. ...Led Pitt with 23 points (7-14 FG), hit 7-10 free throws, grabbed four rebounds and scored eight straight points down the stretch of regulation at Seton Hall, 2/9...Led squad in points (19), rebounds (six) and assists (four) and connected on 3-7 3-point field goals in 37 minutes at Notre Dame, 2/7...Finished with a near triple-double with nine points, career-high tying nine assists and seven rebounds (career-high four offensive) along with a career-high tying four steals vs. St. John's, 2/4...Hit key layup and converted 3-point play down the stretch, finished with 12 points and four assists while battling foul trouble vs. Boston College, 1/28...Grabbed career-high 10 rebounds, finished with eight assists and scored five points in 36 minutes at Syracuse, 1/24...Scored a career-high 24 points (9-15 FG) to go along with five assists, four rebounds and three steals at Connecticut, 1/19...Pulled down five rebounds and netted 15 points in a home win over Notre Dame, 1/12... Scored 19 points (5-13 FG), hit all eight of his free throw attempts and sent the contest into overtime when he dribbled the length of the floor and converted a layup at the buzzer in double overtime win at Miami, 1/10...Named Pittsburgh Hoops Holiday Tournament Most Valuable Player after leading Pitt to four consecutive wins in the event....Scored 17 points (6-10 FG) with eight assists and five rebounds vs. Florida State, 12/22...Scored 19 points (6-9 FG) with four assists vs. Murray State, 12/20...Finished with 18 points (6-15 FG) along with six rebounds, five assists vs. Georgetown College (Ky.), 12/15...Scored 14 points along with seven rebounds and five assists vs. Penn State, 12/6...Led team with 17 points and hit 6-7 free throws at Duquesne, 12/3...Scored a career-high 22 points (8-12 FG), hit career-high 6-9 3-point field goals, pulled down six rebounds vs. Albany, 11/28...Notched 21 points (8-14 FG) with a career-high four steals vs. Robert Morris, 11/26...Dished out a career-high nine assists and scored nine points vs. St. Francis (Pa.), 11/22...Led Panthers with 21 points, hit 7-9 free throws in season-opener at Coaches vs. Cancer vs. Alabama, 11/14.
Named Pitt's Most Improved Player at team awards banquet...Averaged 6.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game...His 93 assists ranked as the fourth-best season total among all-time freshman in school history...Reached double figures in eight-of-32 games played...Scored 12 points (2-3 3FG), pulled down six rebounds, hit 4-5 free throws and dished out three assists in 27 minutes of NCAA Tournament First Round action vs. Wagner, 3/21...Averaged 6.0 points (6-12 FG) in 18.0 minutes during Pitt's three Big East Championship games...Scored 13 points (5-5 FG) and dished out three assists against Seton Hall, 3/5...Scored 11 points (4-7 FG) with a career-high three 3-pointers (3-4) with six assists, three rebounds and three steals vs. Rutgers, 2/22...Scored 12 points with four rebounds and four assists against West Virginia, 2/12...Made first career start, played career-high 35 minutes, tied for team high with eight rebounds, scored four points and dished out four assists vs. Providence 2/4...Played 18 minutes, scored seven points and played tenacious defense in win vs. Georgetown, 1/25...Scored 14 points on 5-5 shooting and 4-5 free throw shooting at Georgia, 12/31...Scored 13 points, added six assists, pulled down four rebounds vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 12/14...Scored 11 points, pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and dished out five assists in collegiate debut and first-ever performance against Duquesne, 11/23.
Redshirted the 2001-02 campaign...Practiced with team in 2001-02...Credited with helping Brandin Knight have an outstanding 2001-02 season with his play in practice...Knight was named both the Big East Conference co-Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player.
A 2001 graduate of Notre Dame Academy...Played at both St. Thomas More Preparatory School and Notre Dame Academy...Led Notre Dame in scoring at 20 points per game and to a 10-1 record over its final 11 games...Scored 51 points in his final high school game...Led Notre Dame to within three points of winning the Independent League title...Played at St. Thomas More Preparatory School in Oakdale, Conn....Averaged 17 points and seven assists per game as a senior at St. Thomas More Prep...Ranked among the country's top-20 point guards by ESPN.com...Also listed among the top-100 recruits by The Sporting News and CNNSI.com...As a junior at St. Thomas More Prep, led his team to a 31-3 overall record en route to the New England Prep School championship, while averaging 16 points, eight assists and five rebounds...Named first team All-New England as a junior...Named to the all-tournament team at the MCI Tournament in Maine...Member of the New York Broncos AAU team coached by the legendary Paul "Doc" Nicelli.
Born Carl Isaac Krauser on May 13, 1981 in New York City...Son of Joy Mays and Mario Krauser of Bronx, N.Y....Has one brother and one sister...Owns a 2-0 record as an amateur boxer but gave it up to concentrate on basketball...Native of the Bronx, a 10-minute train ride from Madison Square Garden...Can perform a variety of ball handling tricks...His first collegiate start came at Madison Square Garden vs. Alabama on 11/14/03...Grew up a Yankees fan in the Bronx...Historian of the game of basketball and owns a collection of throwback jerseys including a UCLA Lew Alcindor, West Virginia Jerry West, an AAU Pearl Washington and an Indiana Isiah Thomas...Nickname is "Black Magic"...Plays in New York City's Rucker League during the summers...Majors in legal studies.
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