Pitt held its annual Senior Awards Banquet at the Petersen Events Center this evening.
Pitt held its annual Senior Awards Banquet at the Petersen Events Center this evening.
Pitt Basketball holds its annual awards banquet Sunday evening at the Westin Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.
Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Friday at the Petersen Events Center on HDNet; Series is tied at 1-1.
Pittsburgh vs. Washington State, CBI Championship
Pittsburgh vs. Washington St. (CBI Finals - Game 2)
Pittsburgh vs. Butler (CBI Semifinals)
2012 BIG EAST Tournament, St. John's vs. Pitt :: March 6, 2012 (AP Photos)
AP photos from today's game
One of the nation's most underrated players, Nasir Robinson is a hard-nosed and aggressive competitor who can play multiple positions. A passionate player who brings outstanding energy, Robinson has spent the last two seasons as Pitt's starter at power forward even though he is undersized at 6-feet-5 inches tall. He provides a variety of intangibles to the Panthers: stellar defense, rebounding ability and scoring as evidenced by his 26-point, 11-rebound performance vs. Louisville in 2009-10 and a 21-point game vs. Syracuse last year. He is a strong, hard-working and fearless player who excels at passing, slashing to the hoop and scoring around the basket. A workhorse and natural floor leader who attacks the basket, the relentless and versatile Robinson can handle the ball, is explosive off the dribble, powerful off the glass and is a rebounding machine. He rebounds far better than his size indicates. Look for Robinson to again make a key impact on the Panthers' 2011-12 season.
Played in 94 career games with 55 starts...Made 35 consecutive starts at power forward before an injury sidelined him for the first three games of the 2010-11 season.
Started each of the last 21 consecutive games and all 18 Big East Conference games at power forward...Ranked second in Big East Conference in field goal percentage (.548)...Averaged 9.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 24.1 minutes per game...Scored 10.3 points per game in Big East play...Totaled four double-doubles on year, 12 double digit scoring games and five double figure rebounding games...Led the team in scoring five times...Reached double figure scoring in eight of the season's last 11 games...Earned Best Defensive Player award at team banquet....Averaged 14 points and shot 64.7% from the field (11-17 FG) in Pitt's two NCAA Tournament games....Scored 16 points (7-9 FG) vs. Butler, 3/19...Registered double-double with 18 points (6-8 FG) and 10 rebounds, hit 6-9 free throws at USF, 3/2...Led Panthers with 14 points (6-8 FG) vs. West Virginia, 2/24....Registered third double-double of the year with 13 points (5-9 FG) and 10 rebounds vs. USF, 2/16...Tallied 15 points (3-6 FG, 9-14 FT) and pulled down five rebounds at Villanova, 2/12...Scored a team-high 15 points (7-12 FG) and grabbed eight rebounds at West Virginia, 2/7...Registered a season and game-high 21 points (8-12 FG) and grabbed seven rebounds vs. Syracuse, 1/17...Finished with second double-double of year with 11 points and 10 rebounds in a season-high 32 minutes vs. Connecticut, 12/27...Recorded a double-double with a season-best 14 points (7-13 FG) and a career-high 12 rebounds vs. Duquesne, 12/1...Saw first action of the year vs. Maryland in the 2K Sports/Coaches vs. Cancer Classic...Missed the first three games after undergoing surgery on his right knee (meniscus). The surgery took place on Oct. 26.
One of four players who started all 34 games on year (power forward)...Averaged 6.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 24.9 minutes per game on year...Shot 49.5 percent (97-196) from the floor...Recorded two double-doubles on the year...Reached double figure scoring in nine games and double figure rebounding in three games on year...Earned Most Inspirational Player Award at team banquet...Finished with 13 points (6-8 FG), six rebounds and a career-high tying five assists in NCAA Tournament First Round vs. Oakland, 3/19...Scored 13 points (5-7 FG) and pulled down eight rebounds at St. John's, 2/27...Set career-highs for points (26), rebounds (11), field goals made (11-14) and free throws made (4-6) in registering his second career double-double in 42 minutes vs. Louisville, 1/16...Scored 12 points (6-8 FG) with nine rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes vs. Kent State, 12/12...Finished with 11 points and nine rebounds in a career-high 44 minutes vs. Duquesne, 12/2...Notched first double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds (nine defensive) vs. Youngstown, State, 11/28...Scored a then career-high 15 points (6-9 FG) with three rebounds vs. Eastern Kentucky, 11/19...Grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds with five assists and seven points vs. Binghamton, 11/17....Made first career start, scored nine points, hit first career 3-pointer and grabbed five rebounds vs. Wofford, 11/13.
Played in 29 games and 186 minutes off the bench as a small forward...Earned team's Most Improved Player Award at team banquet...Scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in career debut vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, 11/14.
A 2008 graduate of Chester High School where he played for head coach Fred Pickett...Named an EA Sports Second Team All-America selection...Two-time PIAA Class 4A All-State First Team selection while leading Chester to a 58-7 two-year record and two state title game appearances...Guided Chester to a school-best 33-1 overall record, No. 3 national ranking by USA Today and the PIAA Class 4A state title as a senior...Concluded season on a 24-game winning streak...Selected First Team All-State after averaging 16.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.1 blocks per game...Won state title with an 81-77 win over Norristown in the championship game...Registered double-double (14 points/15 rebounds) in state title game...Selected to the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer All-Area First Team...Scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to lead Chester to a 65-56 win over Pennsbury in the state semifinal...Registered 22 points and 18 rebounds in a win over Methacton...Named MVP for the Hoop Group Festival...Earned All-Tournament Team honors at the City of the Palms Tournament in Fort Myers, Fla. after scoring 26 points and grabbing 11 rebounds...Named First Team All-State after averaging 18.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game as a junior...Guided Chester to a 28-6 overall record and led the Clippers to the PIAA Class 4A state title game where it lost a 78-71 decision to DeJuan Blair's Pittsburgh Schenley team...Scored 15 points in the state title game...Finished with a game-high 22 points (11-13 FG) in the state semifinal win over Souderton (85-57)...Scored 33 points (16-21 FG) and grabbed 12 rebounds in a state quarterfinal win over West Lawn Wilson...Selected to the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer All-Area Second Team...Named All-Area by the Delaware County Times and Bucks County Times as a junior...Transferred to Chester after playing his first two years at American Christian Academy...Averaged 19.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore while leading ACA to a 22-9 record...Played in the Eddie Griffin Challenge (New Jersey vs. Philadelphia area All-Star preps)...Played AAU basketball with Team Final, coached by Rob Brown...Helped team win an AAU national title in 2004.
Born Nasir Robinson on March 15, 1989...Son of Taron Robinson...Close to his grandmother Terri...Has two younger brothers Laquan and Kareem who both play or played basketball at Chester High...Chester High School alums include current Orlando Magic player and former Saint Joseph's standout Jameer Nelson and Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan (mid-1960's)...Nickname is "Nas" and "The Warrior"...Name "Nasir" is Arabic for "helper" or "success and victory"...Has known fellow Pitt teammates Ashton Gibbs and Tray Woodall since the seventh grade...Selected Pitt because of its school, campus, coaching staff, academics and basketball program...Majors in social sciences.
Points: 26, Louisville, 1/16/10.
FG made: 11, Louisville, 1/16/10.
FG attempts: 14, Louisville, 1/16/10.
3FG Made: 1, five times- last at Marquette, 2/18/10.
3FG attempts: 2, two times- Wichita State, 11/23/09; Wofford, 11/13/09.
FT made: 9, at Villanova, 2/12/11.
FT attempts: 14, Villanova, 12/1/10.
Rebounds: 12, Duquesne, 1/16/10.
Off. Rebs.: 7, Mount St. Mary's, 12/19/09.
Def. Rebs.: 9, two times- Robert Morris, 11/23/10; Youngstown State, 11/28/09.
Assists: 5, two times- vs. Oakland, 3/19/10; Binghamton, 11/17/09.
Steals: 2, six times.
Blocks: 2, two times
Minutes: 44, vs. Duquesne, 12/2/09.
2010-11 SEASON HIGHS
Points: 21, Syracuse, 1/17.
Rebounds: 12, Duquesne, 12/1.
Assists: 4, Connecticut, 12/27.
Steals: 2, two times.
Blocks: 2, at Rutgers.
Minutes: 38, at Villanova, 2/12.
NASIR ROBINSON FEATURE STORIES
Nasir Robinson's tourney dignity, March 23, 2011, Tim Keown, ESPN.com
Pitt's Robinson passing a major test, March 23, 2011, Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Robinson's hard play legendary, March 18, 2011, Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Panthers rally around Robinson's hustle, March 17, 2011, Eric Hall, Beaver County Times
Robinson has breakthrough performance against Louisville, Jan. 18, 2010, Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Robinson enjoys breakout game for Panthers, January 17, 2010, John Grupp, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Pitt Taking on Philly Feel, July, 2009, Anthony Jaskulski, Pittsburgh Sports Report
Robinson Makes His Move, Jan. 27, 2009, Dale Grdnic, Scout.com
Robinson Emerges at Forward for Pitt, Nov. 9, 2008, Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Chester Shooting Guard Commits to Pitt for '08, Jan. 17, 2008, Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Mike Young named to Men's Basketball Oversight Committee
Stepping Up: Jamel Artis Continues to Grow as Leader
Robinson and Smith Successfully Undergo Surgery
Men's basketball officially adds grad transfer Alonzo Nelson-Ododa
Men's Basketball to Host Purdue in 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Men's Basketball Signs Graduate Transfer Rafael Maia