Pitt Looks to Extend November Home Win Streak
Panthers Looks to Build on Season-Opening Win
Tipoff Set for 7 p.m. on ESPN3
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The Pitt Men's Basketball team hosts Cornell at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Nov. 25, 2015.
Pitt men's basketball takes on Miami
Pitt goes on the road to take on Syracuse
USATSI photos of the men's basketball game vs. No. 2 Virginia on February 16, 2015
Pitt takes on North Carolina at home
One of the top returning point guards in the ACC ... Looking to take his game to the next level after three solid years ... Steady point guard returns to the Panthers as the program and ACC leader in career assist-to-turnover ratio (3.56:1) ... Has started 102 of 103 career games ... Enters his senior season with 778 points, 438 assists, 303 rebounds and 121 steals ... Also ranks among the Pitt all-time leaders in assists (10th - 438) and free throw percentage (fifth - .808) ... Terrific decision marker who has recorded more assists than turnovers in 97 of 103 career games ... Underwent offseason foot surgery and was sidelined until late-September ... Continued to work on his strength and conditioning while rehabbing the injury ... Consensus top-60 national recruit that has established himself as a consistent winner, elite floor general and student of the game ... An all-around performer, first-class leader and competitor who makes teammates better ... Game manager who works hard on perfecting his game, displays a high basketball IQ and makes the right plays on the court ... A great passer skilled at penetrating the lane off the dribble ... Brings toughness and a winning mentally to the floor ... Has shown a knack for making big plays in key moments ... Possesses a strong midrange game and highly competitive nature ... Physical all-around player who has been described as solid in every aspect of the game ... Can control a game with talent, brains and leadership ... Will be relied upon to continue to provide excellent leadership and play-making ability ... Continues to develop as an outside shooter and scorer ... Has the ability to be a double-digit scorer for the Panthers ... Two-time gold medal winner with USA Basketball ... First player in Panther history to earn two international gold medals
2014-15: Named to the All-ACC Academic Team ... Also on the ACC Academic Honor Roll ... Nominated for the Allstate NABC Good Works Team ... Started all 34 games ... Averaged 8.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game, while playing a team-high 1152 minutes ... Led the ACC in assists (5.1 apg.) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.11:1) ... Also ranked fifth in free throw percentage (.833) ... Scored in double-figures 13 times with a career-high 23 points in a win over Duquesne, 12/5 ... Led the team in assists 22 times and recorded five or more assists in 20 games ... Had nine points, seven rebounds and five assists against George Washington in the NIT, 3/17 ... Recorded eight points, nine rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes at Florida State, 3/7 ... Scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 2-of-2 from three-point range, in a home win over No. 12 North Carolina, 2/14 ... Also had four rebounds and eight assists with just one turnover against the Tar Heels ... Tallied 13 points, four assists, one block and one steal against Syracuse, 2/7 ... Went 3-of-7 from three-point range in the win ... Distributed nine assists vs. Bryant, 2/2 ... Posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists in a win over No. 8 Notre Dame ... Went 5-of-8 from the field, including 2-of-2 from three-point range, and added three rebounds and two steals against the Fighting Irish ... Had 12 points, three rebounds and four assists in an overtime loss at Virginia Tech, 1/27 ... Registered 16 points, six assists and two steals against No. 10 Louisville, 1/25 ... Registered nine assists to go along with two points, four rebounds and two steals in a home win over Georgia Tech, 1/17 ... Posted eight points, eight rebounds and two assists at Boston College, 1/6 ... Went 3-of-4 from three-point range and finished with 11 points at NC State, 1/3 ... Scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go along with three steals in a win over Florida Gulf Coast, 12/30 ... Tallied 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 from the free throw line in an overtime win over Oakland, 12/20 ... Scored 23 points to go along with five rebounds, five assists and three steals in a win over Duquesne, 12/5 ... Went 4-of-5 from the field and 6-of-6 from the foul line to score 14 points against Kansas State, 11/26 ... Added six assists and a season-best four steals in the win ... Tallied 17 points in a loss to No. 15 San Diego State at the EA Sports Maui Invitational, 11/25 ... Had 17 points, four rebounds and five assists against Chaminade in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational, 11/24 ... Posted 12 points, three rebounds and six assists at Hawaii, 11/21 ... Recorded eight points, six rebounds, eight assists and two blocks in a win over Samford, 11/16
2013-14 Member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll ... Started all 36 games at point guard ... Averaged 7.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game ... Reached double figure scoring in nine games on year and double figure assists in one ... Set school's season record with a 4.11 assist:turnover ratio ... Ranked No. 6 in the nation and No. 2 the ACC in that category ... Finalist for the Bob Cousy Award (nation's best point guard) ... Nominated for the 2013-14 NABC Good Works Team ... Totaled eight assists and three steals in NCAA Tournament game vs. Colorado, 3/20 ... Scored a career-high 19 points and also set career-highs for field goals made (5), free throws made and attempts (8-of-12) and rebounds (six) vs. North Carolina, 3/14 ... Scored 10 points with five rebounds at North Carolina, 2/15 ... Converted a key four-point play on a three-pointer from the corner which sent the game into overtime, scored 16 points, hit a career-high three three-pointers, grabbed four rebounds and finished with four steals in a career-high 42 minutes vs. Virginia Tech, 2/8. ... Totaled 10 points (4-of-6 FG) with five assists vs. Duke, 1/27 ... Scored 13 points (4-of-9 FG) at Maryland, 1/25 ... Led Pitt with eight assists and no turnovers, scored nine points (2-of-3 3FG) vs. Clemson, 1/21 ... Registered a career-high 16 points (5-of-7 FG), hit 5-of-6 free throws, dished out five assists and tied a career-high with four steals at Georgia Tech, 1/14 ... Finished with seven assists, seven points and four rebounds vs. Maryland, 1/6 ... Scored 10 points, converted two layups and a key steal and layup to spark Pitt in its win over Penn State, 12/3 ... Dished out nine assists, blocked a career-high two shots and scored eight points vs. Duquesne, 11/30 ... Finished with 10 points, five assists and two steals vs. Stanford, 11/26 ... Set a career-high with 11 assists and tied for the second best game assist-to-turnover ratio performance (11 assists, no turnovers) in 26 minutes vs. Lehigh, 11/20 ... Scored 13 points (8-of-8 FT) with five rebounds in season opener vs. Savannah State, 11/8
2012-13: Academic All-Big East selection ... Claimed Big East Rookie of the Week honors Dec. 3 ... Started 32 of 33 games of his freshman season at point guard ... Averaged 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game ... Concluded season ranked ninth nationally and first in the Big East 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), 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-of-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 three-pointers, one to send the game into overtime and one to seal the victory, scored a career-high tying 14 points (4-of-6 FG, 2-of-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-of-6 FG), hit 2-of-3 three-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-of-6 FG), hit two three-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-of-4 FG) and four rebounds in career debut vs. Mount St. Mary's, 11/9
HIGH SCHOOL: USA Basketball Two-time international gold medalist ... 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 Recorded 19 points, 19 assists, 10 steals and committed only seven turnovers over a nine-game span ... 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 ... 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 Oklahoma City head coach Billy Donovan, Gonzaga's Mark Few and Texas' 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. ... Scored three points in 18 minutes in an 84-75 loss to the World Team High School ... 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, 8.0 rebounds and 6.4 assists as a senior ... Also totaled 245 points (91 FG, 9 3FG) and hit 72 percent (54-of-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 Tourney 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-of-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 MVP 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 ... Rated the nation's No. 45 player overall and No. 6 point guard by ESPNU ... Rated the No. 55 player nationally by 247Sports ... Ranked the nation's No. 58 player overall and No. 8 point guard by Rivals ... Rated the nation's No. 66 player by MaxPrep ... Ranked the No. 79 player overall and No. 17 point guard by Scout
PERSONAL: 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... Majoring in communication
Points: 23, vs. Duquesne, 12/5/14.
FG made: 6, vs. Duquesne, 12/5/14.
FG attempts: 14, vs. Duquesne, 12/5/14.
3FG Made: 3, four times- vs. Syracuse, 2/7/15; at NC State, 1/3/15; vs. Duquesne, 12/5/14; vs. Virginia Tech, 2/8/14.
3FG attempts: 8, vs. Duquesne, 12/5/14.
FT made: 8, three times- vs. Duquesne, 12/5/14; vs. North Carolina, 3/14/14; vs. Savannah State, 11/8/13.
FT attempts: 12, vs. North Carolina, 3/14/14.
Rebounds: 9, at Florida State, 3/7/15.
Offensive Rebounds.: 2, nine times- vs. NC State 3/11; at Florida State, 3/7/15; at Indiana, 12/2/14; vs. Chaminade, 11/24/14; at Notre Dame, 3/1/14; at Syracuse, 1/18/14; Youngstown State, 12/14/13; vs. Duquesne, 11/30/13; Delaware State, 12/19/12.
Defensive Rebounds.: 8, at Boston College, 1/6/15.
Assists: 11, Lehigh, 11/20/13.
Steals: 4, five times- vs. Kansas State, 11/26/14; vs. North Carolina, 3/14/14; Virginia Tech, 2/8/14; at Georgia Tech, 1/14/14; vs. Syracuse, 3/14/13.
Blocks: 2, four times- vs. Samford, 11/16/14; Albany, 12/31/13; Cal Poly 12/21/13; vs. Duquesne, 11/30/13.
Minutes: 42, Virginia Tech, 2/8/14.
JAMES ROBINSON FEATURE STORIES
Robinson brings gold-medal experience to Pitt, July 17, 2013, Nate Barnes, The Pitt News
Check off another gold for Robinson, July 13, 2013, Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Future of Pitt is in good hands with Robinson at the helm, March 6, 2013, Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Robinson impressing Dixon with development, February 28, 2013, Jerry DiPaola, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Robinson showing maturity beyond his years, Jan. 19, 2013, Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Robinson excited as he prepares for Georgetown, Jan. 7, 2013, Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Freshman Robinson already making big impact for Panthers, Dec. 9, 2012, Nate Barnes, Pitt News
Robinson's play speaks volumes for Pitt, Dec. 5, 2012, Andrew Chiappazi, Beaver County Times
Robinson makes good impression, Nov. 23, 2012, Josh Yohe, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Robinson makes rapid progress for Pitt, Nov. 2, 2012, Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Highly touted Robinson college-ready, June 27, 2012, John Grupp, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Twenty-Four Athletes Accept Invitations To USA Basketball's 2012 Men's U18 National Team Training Camp, April 19, 2012
In James Robinson, Pitt has point guard of the future, June 11, 2012, Anson Whaley, SB Nation Pittsburgh
James Robinson 2012 Youtube Mixtape
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