Feb. 17, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--University of Pittsburgh sophomore guard James Robinson (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha Catholic H.S.) was one of 23 players nationwide selected as a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award. Sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Bob Cousy Award is presented annually to college basketball's top point guard. The original 80-player watch list was narrowed down to 23 national finalists.
This season, Robinson's 3.78 assist:turnover ratio leads the Atlantic Coast Conference and ranks No. 2 nationally. Robinson, who has started all 26 games for the Panthers, averages 8.3 points, 3.9 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.0 minutes played per game. He is also converting a team-high 82.7 percent (67-81) of his free throw attempts, reached double figure scoring eight times and registered nine five-plus assist games. His season highs include two 16-point games (Virginia Tech, at Georgia Tech) and one 11-assist performance (Lehigh). He has played only two games with more turnovers than assists. Robinson was also nominated for the 2013-14 NABC Good Works Team.
In just two seasons at Pitt, Robinson has started 58 of his 59 career games played, scored 418 points (7.1 ppg), converted 81 percent (128-158) of his free throws and dished out 218 assists while committing only 68 turnovers. His career assist:turnover ratio of 3.21 would establish a new Pitt school record in that category.
Last summer, Robinson became the first player in Pitt basketball history to earn two international gold medals when he helped guide the USA Under-18 team to a gold medal at the FIBA World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. He also won a gold medal with USA at the FIBA Americas Championships in June, 2012.
Since the Bob Cousy Award's creation in 2003-04, Pitt has had several finalists for the honor including two-time nominee Carl Krauser (2003-04, 2005-06), three-time finalist Levance Fields (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09), Brad Wanamaker (2010-11), Ashton Gibbs (2011-12) and Tray Woodall (2012-13).
Pitt (20-6, 8-5 ACC) is back in action when it hosts Florida State on Sunday, Feb. 23. Tipoff is a 6 p.m. for an ESPNU broadcast.
Bob Cousy Award Finalists: http://www.cousyaward.com/finalists.php