Pitt Basketball holds its annual awards banquet Sunday evening at the Westin Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.
The three-part series concluded with tips on fine dining.
Ashton Gibbs leads Blue team to victory with a game-high 26 points; J.J. Moore scores 18 and defends his "Slam Dunk" title.
Members of the Panthers discuss the upcoming season.
In his third season as a walk-on, Nick Rivers earned a roster spot after serving as men's basketball team manager for two seasons. He will contribute at both guard positions. A fan favorite, Rivers is known for his pre-game dance routine performed prior to the National Anthem. He is currently pursuing a Masters' degree at the University of Pittsburgh after he graduated in April, 2011 with an economics degree.
Two-year letterwinner who has seen action in 17 career games and logged 29 career minutes...Scored nine points and dished out six assists in his career...Two-time Big East Academic All-Star.
Named a Big East Academic All Star...Earned co-Most Inspirational Award at team banquet...Played in 12 games on the year...Finished with three points (1-3 FG), hit a 3-pointer and dished out three assists vs. North Florida, 11/13. All were career-highs.
Named a Big East Academic All Star...Played in five games on year off the bench (Ohio, Mount St. Mary's Binghamton, Seton Hall)...Hit first field goal, a 3-pointer and grabbed first career rebound vs. Ohio, 12/22...Scored first career point on 1-2 free throws vs. Mount St. Mary's, 12/19.
A 2007 graduate of Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, Ariz. where he played two years of varsity basketball for head coach Tony Fuller...Two-time First Team All-Region selection...Averaged 12.5 points, 5.0 assists and three rebounds per game during his varsity career...Averaged 15.1 points per game while leading Brophy to the state tournament as a senior...Guided Brophy to the state's Elite Eight after averaging 10.2 points per game as a junior...Also competed in track and field...Recorded a personal-best 6-4 high jump in the Arizona State Track and Field Meet...Four-year Honor Roll student.
Born Nicholas Rivers on July 11, 1989 in Berkeley, Calif....Son of Angelo and Audrea Rivers...Has a brother Ryan and sister Miranda...Father Angelo Rivers played basketball at UC-Davis (1982-86) and was inducted into the UC-Davis Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006...A former point guard, he is the school's career recordholder in assists (467) and ranks second in career steals (180)...Favorite food is his mother's Mexican rolled tacos...Person in history he would like to meet: Martin Luther King...Happiest and most gratifying moment in sports was seeing himself on ESPN...Role model is his father because he is humble, honorable, responsible and a leader...Best job he ever held was a baseball umpire...Served as a student manager with the Pitt Basketball team during his first two years in Pittsburgh...Performs a dance routine, a blend of hip-hop and break dancing in the team huddle prior to games...The team discovered his dancing talent in the lockerroom and encouraged him to perform the routine before games...Talented musician (rapping and singing)...Outstanding student...Earned his economics degree in April, 2011 and is currently attending graduate school at Pitt.
Points: 3, two times- North Florida, 11/13/10; Ohio, 12/22/09.
FG made:1, three times- North Florida, 11/13/10; Maryland Eastern Shore, 12/18/10; Ohio, 12/22/09.
FG attempts: 3, North Florida, 11/13/10.
3FG Made: 1, two times- North Florida, 11/13/10; Ohio, 12/22/09.
3FG attempts: 2, North Florida, 11/13/10.
FT made: 1, Mount St. Mary's, 12/19/09.
FT attempts: 2, Mount St. Mary's, 12/19/09.
Rebounds: 1, two times- North Florida, 11/13/10; Ohio, 12/22/09.
Off. Rebs.: None.
Def. Rebs.: 1, two times- North Florida, 11/13/10; Ohio, 12/22/09.
Assists: 3, North Florida, 11/13/10.
Steals: 1, North Florida, 11/13/10.
Minutes: 6, North Florida, 11/13/10.
2010-11 SEASON HIGHS
Points:3, North Florida, 11/13.
Rebounds:1, North Florida, 11/13.
Assists: 3, North Florida, 11/13.
Steals:1, North Florida, 11/13.
Minutes:6, North Florida, 11/13.
NICK RIVERS FEATURE STORIES
Pitt's senior walk-on finds a way to manage, March 18, 2011, Dan Steinberg, Washington Post
Pitt's rooting for Rivers, March 8, 2011, Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Brophy College Prep
Height / Weight:
6-0 / 180
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