A true point guard, Travon Woodall (pronounced Tray-von) played a key role off the bench last season. A leader on offense, Woodall improved with each and every game last season as he led the Panthers in assist:turnover ratio and ranked second on the team in assists. The quick and multi-talented Woodall is a great passer and scorer who causes matchup problems. He is an experienced big-game player who guards, scores and has the ability to emerge as a natural floor leader. Woodall is quick with the ball, athletic and is an effective penetrator. He received a medical redshirt for his first season at Pitt and with a full 2009-10 season under his belt, Woodall will have the opportunity to have a high impact year for Pitt in 2010-11.
Played in all 34 games and started 11 games at point guard...Ranked second on team in assists with 108 (3.2 apg)...Finished with a team-leading 1.86 assist:turnover ratio, a mark that ranked him No. 118 nationally in that category...Over the season's last 10 games, compiled a 3.22 assist:turnover ratio (29 assists/9 turnovers)...Reached double figure scoring in five games on year with one double figure assist game...Earned Most Improved Player Award at team banquet...Dished out five assists, grabbed five rebounds and scored four points in 17 minutes of NCAA Tournament Second Round game vs. Xavier, 3/21...Scored 10 points (4-7 FG), hit 2-3 3-pointers in 24 minutes vs. Oakland, 3/19...Scored six points (all six in the first half) and dished out four assists at St. John's, 2/27...Scored eight points (4-8 FG) at Notre Dame, 2/24...Played a key role off the bench with 12 points, six assists and a career-high seven rebounds in 31 minutes vs. West Virginia, 2/12...Registered six assists vs. DePaul, 12/28...Finished with 10 points vs. Kent State, 12/29...Scored a career-high 19 points and set or tied career-highs for free throws (7), free throws made (10), field goals made (10), 3-point field goals made (2) and rebounds (6) vs. Wichita State, 11/23...Dished out seven assists in a career-high 33 minutes vs. Eastern Kentucky, 11/19...Notched first career double-double with career-highs of 10 points (4-10 FG) and 13 assists vs. Binghamton, 11/17. The 13 assists ranked tied for the seventh highest game total in school history...Made first career start with eight points vs. Wofford, 11/13.
Earned a medical redshirt for the 2008-09 season after suffering a severe knee injury...Played in the season's first 10 games off the bench...Grabbed a career-high five rebounds vs. Miami, Ohio, 11/17...Played 15 minutes, totaled five assists and hit first 3-point field goal in career debut vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, 11/14.
A 2008 graduate of St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, N.J. where he lettered four seasons for head coach Bob Hurley...Guided St. Anthony to a perfect 32-0 record, No. 1 national ranking and national championship by USA Today...Led the Friars to the New Jersey Non-Public B state title as a senior...Second Team Associated Press All-State selection after averaging 10.0 points and 3.0 assists per game as a senior...Helped St. Anthony defeat Newark Science Park 69-36 in the Tournament of Champions title game...Registered 16 points and seven rebounds in leading the Friars to a 76-41 win over Immaculata in the Tournament of Champions semifinal...Earned Most Valuable Player honors after scoring 22 points and guiding Team USA to a 120-115 win over Team Florida at the Senior Showcase...As a junior, guided St. Anthony to a 28-1 record and appearance in the New Jersey state Non-Public Class B state final before losing to No. 2 nationally ranked St. Patrick...St. Anthony finished ranked No. 7 by USA Today...Averaged 10 points and three assists per game as a junior...Three-time Newark Star-Ledger All-Area team selection...Averaged 10 points and 3.0 assists while helping guide St. Anthony's to the New Jersey North Public B final as a sophomore...Selected as a "Fabulous Freshman" and competed in the MetroHoops North-South All-Star game...Played at the AAU JamFest in Pittsburgh, the first time he stepped foot on campus in 2007...Played in the Eddie Griffin Challenge (New Jersey vs. Philadelphia area All-Star preps)...Earned All-Star honors at the prestigious ABCD Camp in Hackensack, N.J. and 5-Star Camp following his sophomore season...Played on the New Jersey Playaz AAU team coached by Jimmy Salmon...Invited to compete at "Camp Next" as a freshman...Competed in the Jordan Brand Classic All-Star Game in April, 2008.
Born Travon Woodall on April 14, 1989...Son of Theresa Ratliff...Has one sister Shataya Ratliff...Lives with his godfather and godmother Jorge and Samar Fontan...Godbrother is Jiovanni Fontan, who plays basketball at Fordham...Began playing basketball while living in Brooklyn, N.Y....Introduced to basketball by his cousin Khalief Woodall, who suffered a tragic death at age 11...Teammates call him a "born leader"...Played a starring role in the documentary The Street Stops Here, a movie about Bob Hurley and the St. Anthony basketball program...Has known fellow Pitt players Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson since the seventh grade...Played on an AAU team with Gibbs...One of six players from his high school senior class to sign with NCAA Division I schools: Mike Rosario (Rutgers, now at Florida), Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas), Jiovanni Fontan (Fordham), Alberto Estwick (Fordham) and A.J. Rogers (Saint Joseph's)...Selected Pitt for its graduation rate, environment and coaching staff...Also selected Pitt because of the lineage of point guards and opportunity to learn from Levance Fields and current assistant coach Brandin Knight...Communications major.
Points: 19, Wichita State, 11/23/09.
FG made: 5, Wichita State, 11/23/09.
FG attempts: 10, four times- last vs. Texas, 11/24/09.
3FG Made: 2, six times- last vs. Oakland, 3/19/10.
3FG attempts: 6, Wofford, 11/13/09.
FT made: 7, Wichita State, 11/23/09.
FT attempts: 10, Wichita State, 11/23/09.
Rebounds: 7, West Virginia, 2/12/10.
Off. Rebs.: 2, vs. Duquesne, 12/2/09.
Def. Rebs.: 6, three times- West Virginia, 2/12/10; Wichita State, 11/23/09; Eastern Kentucky, 11/19/09.
Assists: 13, Binghamton, 11/17/09.
Steals: 4, two times- Wichita State, 11/23/09; Indiana, Pa., 11/22/08.
Blocks: 2, Eastern Kentucky, 11/19/09.
Minutes: 34, vs. Texas, 11/24/09.
2009-10 SEASON HIGHS
Points: 19, Wichita State, 11/23.
Rebounds: 7, West Virginia, 12/2.
Assists: 13, Binghamton, 11/17.
Steals: 4, Wichita State, 11/23.
Blocks: 2, Eastern Kentucky, 11/19.
Minutes: 34, vs. Texas, 11/24.
TRAVON WOODALL FEATURE STORIES
Woodall returns to make his point, Feb. 16, 2010, Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Freshman guard puts together his coming of age game, Feb. 14, 2010, Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Woodall gets to the point in Backyard Classic, Feb. 13, 2010, Ray Mernagh, NBE Basketball
Brooklyn Guard Sets Pace for Pitt, January 16, 2010, Tim Sullivan, New York Post
Woodall Ready for Point at Pitt, Nov. 12, 2009, Adam Zagoria, SportsNetNY
Focus on Travon Woodall, Oct. 30, 2009, Mike Gladysz, Panther Eyes
Boys hit the Big Time (Travon Woodall and Mike Rosario), Dec. 30, 2008, Adam Zagoria, SportsnetNY
Brooklyn Guard Making "Rough" Transition at Pitt, Dec. 6, 2008, Tim Sullivan, New York Post
Pitt Duo Returning Home to New Jersey, Nov. 27, 2008, Adam Zagoria, SportsNetNY
Freshmen Guards Pick up Slack for Pitt, Nov. 3, 2008, John Grupp, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
With Fields hurt, Pitt freshman Travon Woodall Steps in at Point, Oct. 17, 2008, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pitt Lands Second Recruit in Three Days, Jan. 19, 2007, John Grupp, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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