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  Brad Wanamaker
Brad Wanamaker

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Philadelphia, Pa.

High School:
Roman Catholic H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 210

Position:
Guard

Birthdate:
07/25/1989

Experience:
3L

Brad Wanamaker Bio(pdf) | Wanamaker Photo Gallery | Career Statistics | 2010-11 Game-by-Game | 2009-10 Game-by-Game | 2008-09 Game-by-Game | 2007-08 Game-by-Game |

THE STORYLINE

An all-around player, Brad Wanamaker returns to the squad after completing a breakout junior season. Last year, he emerged as Pitt's key perimeter playmaker as he ranked among the team's top two players in virtually every offensive statistic. His production is characterized by the fact that he became one of only six players in school history to average over 10.0 points, 4.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in a season. As leader and winner, Wanamaker makes his teammates better with strong, consistent play. In 2009-10, he finished second in the Big East (league games) in assists per game. Over the last three seasons, he has improved his game in all facets: shooting, ball-handling and defending. Wanamaker is a versatile, underrated and athletic competitor with the ability to take it to the basket. Known as a relentless worker and winner who will do whatever it takes for his team to be successful, Wanamaker has also proved to be a tough, strong and physical guard with a reputation of being a superb team player. His style of play has drawn comparisons to Mitch Richmond and Dwyane Wade. Look for Wanamaker to make a major impact in his final season at Pitt.

CAREER

Registered eight career double-doubles and 48 double figure scoring games...Started 68 consecutive games...Became the 39th player in school history to score over 1,000 career points on Feb. 12, 2011...One of only two players in school history to register 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in a career (Carl Krauser is the other)...One of only eight players in school history to score over 1,000 points and dish out over 400 assists in a career...One of only three players in school history to average over 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in two seasons. The other two players are Carl Krauser and Jerry McCullough...One of five players in program history to score over 300 points and dish out over 150 assists in two seasons at Pitt...Concluded career ranked among school career leaders in scoring (No. 34 with 1090 points), assists (No. 8), assist:turnover ratio (No. 8), steals (No. 14) and games played (No. 6).

2010-11

One of 30 finalists for the Naismith and Wooden Awards/All-America teams...Played in the NABC College All-Star Game in Houston...AP All-America honorable mention selection...USBWA All-District 2 Second Team selection...NABC All-District 5 Second Team selection...Earned the Big East Sportsmanship Award, the third player in school history to earn the honor (Jaron Brown, 2004; Ronald Ramon, 2008)...All-Big East Second Team honoree...Earned the team's co-Most Valuable Player and Captain's Award at team banquet...Ranked 44th among NCAA Division I leaders in assist:turnover ratio (2.26) and 47th in assists per game (5.1)...Started all 34 games at guard...Three 20-point scoring games...20 double figure scoring games and 11 games with 15 or more points...Led team in trips to the free throw line (154)...Scored 17 points with four assists in 35 minutes in Big East Championship vs. Connecticut, 3/10...Recorded eighth career double-double by scoring 13 points (6-12 FG) and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds in 41 minutes at Louisville, 2/27...Finished with 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds vs. West Virginia, 2/24...Reached the career 1,000 point mark by scoring a game-high 21 points (career high 8-15 FG, 5-6 FT) at Villanova, 2/12...Recorded 15 points (5-10 FG), a game-high six assists and five rebounds vs. Syracuse, 1/17...Scored 15 points (4-6 FG) and dished out a game-high six assists vs. Marquette, 1/10...Registered a team-high 19 points (6-9 FG) and six rebounds vs. American, 12/22...Led team with 21 points (6-10 FG), nine assists and a career-high five steals vs. Tennessee, 12/11...Recorded a double-double with 16 points (6-12 FG), a season-best 11 assists and no turnovers vs. Rider, 12/4, becoming the first player at Pitt to register at least 10 or more assists and no turnovers since Levance Fields on Feb. 14, 2009...Finished with a career-high tying 24 points (7-13 FG, 10-13 FT) and dished out eight assists in season opener vs. Rhode Island, 11/8.

2009-10

One of four players who started all 34 games (small forward)...Ranked among Big East assists leaders (4.7 apg.), ranked second among league assists leaders (Big East games only) and No. 66 nationally in assists per game...All-around player who led the team in assists (160) and steals (41) and ranked second on team in scoring (12.3 ppg.), rebounding (5.7 rpg), minutes played (1107), field goals made (133), free throws made (126) and free throw percentage (72.0)...One of only six players in school history to average over 10 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in a season...One of only 11 players in school history to register over 300 points and 150 assists in a season...Scored 20-plus points in three games and reached double figure scoring in 23 contests on year...Recorded six double-doubles on the season, five double figure rebounding games and three double figure assist games...Earned co-Most Valuable Player and Captain awards at team banquet...Registered a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in NCAA Tournament Second Round vs. Xavier, 3/21...Totaled 13 points and six assists in NCAA Tournament First Round game vs. Oakland, 3/19...Led Pitt with 16 points (5-11 FG), hit 5-5 free throws and finished with three steals in the Big East Quarterfinal vs. Notre Dame, 3/11...Dished out a career-high 13 assists, which ranks seventh on Pitt's all-time game list and scored 10 points vs. Providence, 3/4...Scored a career-high 24 points (7-14 FG, 9-11 FT) with 10 assists and five rebounds in a career-high 47 minutes vs. WVU, 2/12...Finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds (five offensive) for third double-double of his career vs. Robert Morris, 2/8...Scored 13 points (5-10 FG) with six rebounds and seven assists vs. Seton Hall, 2/6...Finished with 14 points (6-12 FG) and four assists at USF, 1/31...Scored a game-high 16 points with six assists vs. St. John's, 1/28...Finished with nine points, a career-high 13 rebounds and seven assists vs. Georgetown, 1/20...Hit a key 3-pointer and converted two free throws with 1.9 seconds left to send the game into overtime, finished with 20 points (4-9 FG), hit a career-high 11-12 free throws, six rebounds and seven assists vs. Louisville, 1/16...Finished with nine points, eight rebounds and six assists vs. Seton Hall, 1/24...Scored 19 points (13 first half), converted 9-10 free throws and finished with three steals in 30 minutes at Connecticut, 1/13...Finished with 12 points, hit 10-14 free throws, dished out six assists at Syracuse, 1/2...Registered his second career double-double with 10 assists and 10 rebounds vs. Ohio, 12/22...Finished with a career-high 20 points (7-11 FG) with seven assists and six rebounds vs. Mount St. Mary's, 12/19...Scored 18 points, hit a career-high tying 3-3 3-point field goals, grabbed eight rebounds vs. Kent State, 12/12...Finished with 18 points (6-13 FG), hit two 3-pointers with six rebounds vs. Indiana, 12/8...Scored 19 points (7-11 FG), hit 2-3 3-pointers and finished with five assists and seven rebounds vs. New Hampshire, 12/4...Totaled first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in a career-high 41 minutes vs. Duquesne, 12/2...Made first career start, played 33 minutes, scored 13 of his team-high 15 points in the second half, including eight points down the stretch to help Pitt win a come-from-behind victory in the season opener vs. Wofford, 11/13.

2008-09

Played in all 36 games off the bench at guard...Averaged 5.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game and shot 39 percent (23-59) from 3-point range...In Big East games, averaged 7.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game...Improved his 3-point shooting from 16.7 percent as a freshman to 39 percent as a sophomore...Reached double figure scoring five times on the year...Played 20-plus minutes in 17 games on year...Earned team's Most Inspirational Player Award at team banquet...Scored 13 points (5-9 FG) with four rebounds in 24 minutes vs. Connecticut, 3/7...Finished with nine points, hit two 3-pointers and had six assists and five rebounds in a career-high 27-minute performance at Seton Hall, 2/28...Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds vs. Cincinnati, 2/14...Scored 13 points and was perfect from behind the arc (3-3) at DePaul, 2/7...Scored 13 points with a career high six rebounds vs. Notre Dame, 1/31...Finished with 13 points and a career-high 6-7 field goal shooting night in 19 minutes at Villanova, 1/28...Scored eight points (2-3 3FG) in a career-high 26 minutes vs. South Florida, 1/14...Played 21 minutes, scored five points and grabbed four rebounds at Georgetown, 1/3...Set or tied career-highs for points (15), field goals made (4), field goal attempts (7), 3-point FG made (2), 3-point FG attempts (5) and rebounds (5), scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half at Rutgers, 12/31...Set career-highs for minutes played (25), steals (4) and rebounds (5) along with four assists vs. Vermont, 12/6...Scored eight points (2-5 FG) with a career-high five rebounds in 15 minutes vs. Duquesne, 12/3...Finished with seven points (2-2 FG) with a 3-pointer, two rebounds and two assists in nine minutes vs. Texas Tech, 11/28...Scored a career-high nine points (3-5 FG) with four rebounds vs. Indiana, Pa., 11/22.

2007-08

Played in 30 games, 331 minutes and scored 66 points (2.2 ppg.) with 43 assists off the bench at off guard...Played 10-plus minutes in 19 games on year...Saw action in 17 Big East Conference regular season games and averaged 10.6 minutes per game...Earned team co-Most Improved Player Award at team banquet...Played five minutes of NCAA Tournament First Round game vs. Oral Roberts, 3/20...Played 13 minutes in Big East Quarterfinal vs. Louisville, 3/13...Scored a career-high tying seven points (1-2 FG) and hit a career-high 5-6 free throws in 15 minutes at West Virginia, 3/3...Scored six points (3-4 FG) with four assists and two rebounds in 18 minutes vs. Providence, 2/12...Scored a career-high tying seven points (3-4 FG) with two assists in 23 minutes vs. West Virginia, 2/7...Played 10 minutes with three assists at South Florida, 1/9...Played in a career-high 23 minutes, scored five points (2-3 FG) with two assists and two rebounds vs. Lafayette, 1/2...Finished with six points (3-5 FG) in eight minutes vs. Toledo, 12/1...Scored seven points (3-5 FG) with four assists in 17 minutes vs. Mississippi Valley State, 11/15...Finished with four points and three assists in 12 minutes vs. North Carolina A&T, 11/10...Dished out eight assists, scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in 19 minutes of career debut vs. Houston Baptist, 11/9. His eight assists ranked as the second highest total in a freshman debut game since Sean Miller finished with 10 assists on Nov. 28, 1987.

HIGH SCHOOL

A 2007 graduate of Philadelphia's Roman Catholic High School where he played basketball for Head Coach Dennis Seddon...Selected to compete for a roster spot on the 2007 USA Basketball Under-19 World Championship team from June 28-30, 2007...Selected to the PIAA All-State First Team...Named Philadelphia Daily News Player of the Year as a senior...Selected the Philadelphia Inquirer Southeastern Pennsylvania Player of the Year...Concluded career with 1,306 career points and a 76-18 three-year varsity record...Scored 552 points, averaged 17.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.1 steals in guiding Roman Catholic to a 29-3 overall record, league title and consensus top-20 national ranking...Guided the Cahillites to the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament title and earned MVP honors after he rallied his team from 10 points down to register a 59-56 win over Neumann-Goretti...Finished with 17 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals in the title game...Earned Philadelphia Daily News All-City First Team and All-Catholic Team honors...Team ended season on a 16-game win streak...Played on USA Junior All-Star squad that toured Europe with former teammate DeJuan Blair...Roomed with Blair during the five-game swing which included a championship game win over Russia...Averaged 16 points per game, six rebounds per game and dished out four assists in guiding Roman Catholic to a 26-6 record as a junior...Second Team All-Catholic League South Division selection as a junior...Helped lead the Eagles to the Philadelphia Catholic League finals where they lost to St. John Neumann on a basket in the closing seconds...Ranked the No. 88 player nationally by Rivals.com...Rated the No. 90 player nationally by HoopScoop...Ranked the No. 91 player nationally by Scout.com...Ranked the No. 112 player nationally by USA Today...Competed at the Las Vegas Big Time Tournament...Rated 11th out of 160 prospects at the ABCD Camp at Fairleigh Dickinson after he shot 61 percent during the event...Rated the No. 56 player in the country at the ABCD Camp...Played AAU basketball for Positive Image and coaches Larry Waiters and his mentor Rasal Hajj.

PERSONAL

Born Bradley D. Wanamaker on July 25, 1989...Son of Bradley Wanamaker, Sr. and Deborah Samuel...Immediate family includes two sisters Latisha and Crystal Samuel, two brothers- James Samuel and Brian Wanamaker and nephew James Samuel...His twin brother Brian, who played on his high school team and played at Central Connecticut State as a freshman and is now at Texas Wesleyan...2007-08 Pitt senior Mike Cook and fellow Philadelphia native also played in his AAU program Positive Image...Style of play has been compared to Cook...Made his verbal commitment to Pitt on August 24, 2006...Had 13 scholarship offers including Villanova, Xavier, Virginia, Penn State, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Dayton, George Washington and Temple...Majors in communications.

CAREER HIGHS

Points: 24, two times- Rhode Island, 11/8/10; West Virginia, 2/12/10.
FG made: 8, at Villanova, 2/12/11.
FG attempts: 16, vs. Texas, 11/24/09.
3FG Made: 3, two times- Kent State, 12/12/09; at DePaul, 2/7/09.
3FG attempts: 5, at Rutgers, 12/31/08.
FT made: 11, Louisville, 1/16/10.
FT attempts: 14, at Syracuse, 1/2/10.
Rebounds: 13, Georgetown, 1/20/10.
Off. Rebs.: 5, three times- vs. Xavier, 3/21/10, Robert Morris, 2/8/10; Georgetown, 1/20/10.
Def. Rebs.: 10, vs. Duquesne, 12/2/09.
Assists: 13, Providence, 3/4/10.
Steals: 5, vs. Tennessee, 12/11/10.
Blocks: 2, four times, last at Lousiville, 2/27/11.
Minutes: 47, West Virginia, 2/12/10.

2010-11 SEASON HIGHS

Points: 24, Rhode Island, 11/8.
Rebounds: 12, at Louisville, 2/27.
Assists: 11, Rider, 12/4.
Steals: 5, vs. Tennessee, 12/11.
Blocks: 2, four times- last at Louisville, 2/27.
Minutes: 41, at Louisville, 2/27.

BRAD WANAMAKER FEATURE STORIES

Feature on Wanamaker, March 2, 2011, KDKA-TV, Jory Rand
Roman Catholic teammates Wayns and Wanamaker to reunite on opposite sides of the floor, Feb. 11, 2011, Ashley Fox, Philadelphia Inquirer
Wanamaker set to take on Villanova, Feb. 11, 2011, Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News
Pitt's Wanamaker nears career milestone, Jan. 28, 2011, Paul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wanamaker among nation's best, Jan. 22, 2011, Donald Hunt, Philadelphia Tribune
Seniors make their mark (Wanamaker twins), Nov. 23, 2010, Luke Winn, Sports Illustrated
Philly bull Brad Wanamaker has made good at Pitt, Nov. 8, 2010, Ray Mernagh, NBE Basketball
Wanamaker in midseason form, Nov. 5, 2010, John Grupp, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Ashton Gibbs and Brad Wanamaker on KDKA live, Feb. 15, 2010
Invisible Men Show Off Their Stuff, February 7, 2010, Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wanamaker thriving in adjusted role, Jan. 23, 2010, Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Wanamaker Hero by No Accident, January 17, 2010, Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pitt Taking on Philly Feel, July, 2009, Anthony Jaskulski, Pittsburgh Sports Report
Wanamaker Finds Consistency, Feb. 10, 2009, Randy Lieberman, Pitt News
More time at guard steadies Wanamaker, Dec. 12, 2008, Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Freshman Guard Fills in With New Role, Nov. 23, 2007, Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pitt guard Wanamaker gets to the point, Nov. 21, 2007, John Grupp, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Wanamaker Took His Lessons to Court, April 1, 2007, Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer