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  Talib Zanna
Talib Zanna

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Kaduna, Nigeria

High School:
Bishop McNamara (Md.)

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 230

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
10/01/1990

Experience:
3L

03/13/2014

Men's Basketball Wins ACC Tournament Debut, 84-55 Over Wake Forest

Pitt ties its school record for largest league tournament win (29 points); Lamar Patterson leads Pitt with 24 points.

03/03/2014

Panthers Defeated by NC State, 74-67

Lamar Patterson scores 17 points and grabs six rebounds in loss.

03/01/2014

Pittsburgh Outlasts Notre Dame In OT, 85-81

Panthers defeat Irish in overtime

12/14/2013

Men's Basketball Runs Past Youngstown State, 91-73

Lamar Patterson leads Pitt (10-0) with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and added a game-high four assists.

12/09/2013

This Week in Panthers Athletics

Kaleigh Ritter Named Pitt Athlete of the Week

03/22/2014

#9 Pittsburgh vs. #1 Florida - 3/22/14

Men's basketball, USATSI gallery

03/20/2014

NCAA Second Round: Pittsburgh vs. Colorado

USATSI Gallery

03/15/2014

Pitt vs. Virginia

Pitt takes on Virginia in the Semifinal of the ACC Tournament

03/13/2014

Pittsburgh vs. Wake Forest - ACC Tournament

Pittsburgh vs. Wake Forest - ACC Tournament

02/23/2014

Pittsburgh vs. Florida State (USATSI)

Pittsburgh vs. Florida State (USATSI)

Talib Zanna Bio (pdf) | Talib Zanna Photo Gallery | Career Statistics | 2011-12 Game-by-Game | 2010-11 Game-by-Game |

THE STORYLINE

Talib Zanna (pronounced Ta-leeb Zah-nah) enters his fifth and final season at Pitt after seeing action in 100 career games. With an outstanding work ethic and continued improvement, Zanna has emerged as Pitt's frontcourt leader. Last year, he averaged 9.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as Pitt's starting power forward. Zanna is a strong, physical athlete who combines skill and athleticism to create matchup problems with the opposition. An aggressive, physical rebounder, he possesses a solid mid-range jumper, unique and rare post-up skills and is capable of playing with his back to the basket as well as blocking shots on the defensive end. Pitt fans first saw Zanna's potential in a game against Maryland when he recorded his first double-double in an inspiring 14-point, 12-rebound performance at Madison Square Garden. Over the course of his career, he has done a terrific job of maturing his game from primarily being a defensive player and rebounder to developing a flowing offensive game where he can handle the ball on the break and convert pull-up jumpers. Zanna, who earned a medical redshirt during his first season on campus, will have the opportunity to become a leader for Pitt in 2013-14.

CAREER

Played in 100 career games with 59 starts...Ranked among school career leaders in field goal percentage (.534)...Has scored 663 points, grabbed 508 rebounds and blocked 43 shots in his three-year career.

2012-13

Started all 33 games at power forward...Two double-doubles on year (vs. Delaware, Villanova)...Totaled three 20-point games, 14 double figure scoring games and four double figure rebounding games on the year...Ranked third on team in scoring (9.8 ppg.) and field goal percentage (.502) and second in rebounding (6.0 rpg.)...Earned Coaches' Award at team banquet...Finished with 10 points in Big East Tournament game vs. Syracuse, 3/14...Notched second double-double of year with 14 points, including nine in overtime and a career-high 19 rebounds (seven offensive) in a career-high 37 minutes vs. Villanova, 3/3...Scored 11 points (4-6 FG) with a game-high nine rebounds at Cincinnati, 2/9...Led Pitt with 15 points (7-9 FG) at Georgetown, 1/8...Led Pitt with 16 points (6-9 FG) along with five rebounds in 32 minutes vs. Cincinnati, 12/31...Led Pitt with 12 points and nine rebounds (six offensive) vs. Kennesaw State, 12/23...Set or tied career-highs for points (20), field goal attempts (9-13) and minutes played (32) vs. Delaware State, 12/19...Scored 15 points (7-9 FT) vs. North Florida, 12/8...Totaled then career-highs for minutes played (30), free throws made and attempts (10-11) and blocks (2) and led Pitt with 16 points vs. Detroit, 12/1...Scored 12 points with eight rebounds vs. Howard, 11/27...Named to NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament team after averaging 12.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in Pitt's two contests...Finished with a double-double, including a team-high 18 points (6-9 FG), hit 6-6 free throws, grabbed 10 rebounds and totaled a career-high tying three assists vs. Delaware, 11/23...Totaled 20 points, including 11 in the first half, on 8-9 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in 18 minutes vs. Lehigh, 11/13...Led team with a career-high 20 points after converting 10-12 field goals in season opener vs. Mount St. Mary's, 11/9.

2011-12

Saw action in all 39 games with 14 starts. The 39 games tied a school record for most games played in a season...Registered three double-doubles on year, nine double figure scoring games and four double figure rebounding contests...Shot 57.1 percent (97-170) from the floor...Earned Best Defensive Player Award at team banquet...In six CBI games, averaged 11.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game and converted 73.7 percent (28-38) of his field goal attempts...Scored 12 points (5-6 FG) with five rebounds in CBI Final vs. Washington State, 3/30...Finished with a team-high 14 points (4-4 FG), hit a career-high 6-8 free throws and grabbed eight rebounds vs. Washington State, 3/28...Totaled a team-high 15 points (6-9 FG) with eight rebounds (six offensive) at Butler, 3/21...Finished with 11 points and six rebounds vs. Princeton, 3/19...Scored 12 points (6-8 FG) with seven rebounds in 21 minutes vs. Wofford, 3/14...Grabbed 10 rebounds with eight points vs. Georgetown, 1/28...Notched career-highs for minutes (29) and steals (three) at Marquette, 1/14...Scored a career-high 16 points (8-8 FG) with seven rebounds in his first start of the year at DePaul, 1/5...Led Pitt with 13 points and 12 rebounds in registering his third double-double of the year and also surpassed career-highs for field goal attempts (10), offensive rebounds (eight) and minutes played (28) at Notre Dame, 12/27...Finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds (five offensive) vs. South Carolina State, 12/17...Registered his second career double-double with 10 points (5-8 FG) and a career-high 15 rebounds (seven offensive) in a career-high 24 minutes vs. Robert Morris, 11/27.

2010-11

Started the season's first 13 games and appeared in 27 games at power forward...Missed the last seven games of the season due to a broken right thumb...One double-double on the year...Registered double figure scoring in four games and double figure rebounding twice...Earned co-Most Improved Player Award at team banquet...Scored 11 points (5-6 FG), a career-high in conference play, in 15 minutes, with all 11 points coming in the first half vs. USF, 2/16...Registered first career double-double with career-highs of 14 points (5-7 FG) and 12 rebounds in the 2K Sports Classic semifinal game vs. Maryland, 11/18...Scored career-high 13 points (5-8 FG) and added nine rebounds (five offensive) vs. North Florida, 11/13...Finished with nine points and a career-high 11 rebounds in season opener vs. Rhode Island, 11/8.

2009-10

Earned medical hardship waiver for the 2009-10 season following a right shoulder injury...Played in one game.

HIGH SCHOOL

A 2009 graduate of Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Md., where he played three seasons for head coach Marty Keithline...Helped lead Bishop McNamara to a 21-12 record and No. 3 state ranking...Named First Team All-MET by the Washington Post and earned Independent private school all-league honors...Averaged 14.6 points and 11.8 rebounds as a senior...Reached double figure scoring in 22 of 27 games, scored over 20 points five times and finished with 10 double-doubles on the year...Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Bojangles Shootout...Scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. St. Mary's Ryken...Scored 21 points, including four thunderous dunks along with 15 rebounds vs. fellow Pitt signee Lamar Patterson's St. Benedict's Prep team...Finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds vs. White Station...Scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds vs. Carroll...Grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds two times on the year...Earned Most Valuable Player honors in the Capital Area Classic Regional All-Star Game after totaling 21 points and 14 rebounds...Named First Team All-Prince George's County by the Montgomery Gazette and Second Team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference...Averaged 15.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.4 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game as a junior...Led the WCAC in blocked shots at 3.4 per game...Selected Most Valuable Player of the High School Hoops Showcase...Named to the Benedictine Classic All-Tournament Team...Guided McNamara to a 17-12 record as a junior...Recorded triple double with 15 points, 16 rebounds and 12 blocks vs. Coolidge at the Gonzaga D.C. Classic...Season-highs included 26 points vs. Georgetown Prep and 22 rebounds vs. Miami Killian...Scored 14 points, pulled down 20 rebounds and blocked four shots in a 61-56 win over Good Counsel...Played for the District All-Star team in the I-95 Elite Challenge following his junior season...Averaged 10.0 points and 11.0 rebounds as a sophomore...His team finished 18-10 during his sophomore year...Named an honorable mention All-WCAC selection and Prince George's County team member as a sophomore...Recorded season-highs of 17 points and 18 rebounds vs. Paul VI...Ranked the nation's No. 53 recruit by Bob Gibbons...Rated the No. 63 player nationally by Scout.com...Ranked by ESPN-U as the nation's 10th best center prospect...Played AAU basketball with the D.C. Blue Devils and Triple Threat AAU teams...Competed with the Blue Devils for coach Keith Stevens...Competed at the Super Showcase...Competed in the Top-100 Africans With Borders NBA Camp in South Africa and was named the Most Valuable Player in the All-Star Game.

PERSONAL

Born Talib Zanna on October 1, 1990...Son of Zanna Awami and Maimuna Zanna...Has three brothers (Nura, Awalu, Ibrahim) and two sisters (Habiba, Maryam)...His father, a successful businessman, passed away not long after he committed to Pitt...Has a picture of his father in his locker and touches it before every game while saying a prayer for him...Also keeps a necklace in his locker that reminds him of his father...Nigerian native who moved to the United States in 2006...Fluent in four different languages and could speak English before arriving in the United States...Began playing basketball in Nigeria when he was 10 years old...Early on, he had a goal of traveling to the United States to play basketball...His workout regimen in Nigeria included running mountains to increase his speed, vertical leap and fitness...Discovered by American high school coaches at a big man camp in Lagos, which was run by his mentor and former Georgetown player Godwin Owinje...Devout Muslim...Early in his childhood he played soccer, but following a growth spurt and the urging of his brother, he switched to basketball...Visited Pitt on the weekend of Sept. 19 with fellow signees Lamar Patterson and Dante Taylor...Added 30 pounds in his three years in the United States...Chose Pitt for its coaching staff, playing time and educational opportunities...Selected Pitt over Villanova, Virginia, Oklahoma, Georgetown, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Colorado, Providence, West Virginia, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Boston College...Social Sciences major.

CAREER HIGHS

Points: 20, three times- Delaware State, 12/19/12; Lehigh, 11/13/12; Mount St. Mary's, 11/9/12.
FG made: 10, Mount St. Mary's, 11/9/12.
FG attempts: 13, Delaware State, 12/19/12.
3FG Made: None.
3FG attempts: 1, North Florida, 11/13/10.
FT made: 10, Detroit, 12/1/12.
FT attempts: 11, Detroit, 12/1/12.
Rebounds: 19, Villanova, 3/3/13.
Offensive Rebounds.: 8, at Notre Dame, 12/27/11.
Defensive Rebounds: 12, Villanova, 3/3/13.
Assists: 3, two times- vs. Delaware, 11/23/12; Fordham, 11/12/12.
Steals: 3, three times- DePaul, 1/26/13; at USF, 2/8/12; at Marquette, 1/14/12.
Blocks: 2, seven times- at DePaul, 3/9/13; Villanova, 3/3/13; DePaul, 1/26/13; Detroit, 12/1/12; Wofford, 3/14/12; Villanova, 2/5/12; Rhode Island, 11/8/10.
Minutes: 37, Villanova, 3/3/13.

2012-13 SEASON HIGHS

Points: 20, three times- Delaware State, 12/19/12; Lehigh, 11/13; Mount St. Mary's 11/9.
Rebounds: 19, Villanova, 3/3.
Assists: 3, three times.
Steals: 3, DePaul, 1/26.
Blocks: 2, four times- at DePaul, 3/9; Villanova, 3/3; DePaul, 1/26; Detroit, 12/1.
Minutes: 37, Villanova, 3/3.

TALIB ZANNA FEATURE STORIES

Talib Zanna picks right time to awaken from slump, March 5, 2013, Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Zanna lifts Pitt toward double by in Big East Tournament, March 4, 2013, Jerry DiPaola, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Above the Rim, Feb. 2013, Sean Collier, Pittsburgh Magazine
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/pitt-big-east/zanna-makes-early-breakthrough-for-pitt-663805/"> Zanna makes early breakthrough for Pitt, Nov. 27, 2012, Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Zanna showing improvement, Dec. 20, 2011, Jerry DiPaola, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Pitt's Zanna has thirst to improve, Dec. 10, 2010, John Grupp, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
On Zanna's back, Pitt tops Terps, Nov. 18, 2010, Adam Zagoria, SportsnetNY
Zanna's coming out party, Nov. 19, 2010, Matt Norlander Foxsports.com
Zanna steals show in Blue-Gold Game, Oct. 23, 2010, Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Getting to Know Talib Zanna, Oct. 12, 2009, Mike Gladysz, Panther Eyes
Exchange student says family helped him achieve "American Dream," My Catholic Standard, May 26, 2009
Pittsburgh Recruit Looks Forward to Reunion, Feb. 16, 2009, Rich Stevens, MaxPreps.com