Pro-Am League : Closer Look At Pitt Players

A look at what all current players did Wednesday night, with a cumulative look at what they have done through two games.

Did not play...bothered by a groin injury, but is expected to return for Monday night's game.

5-of-10 from the field
2-of-2 three-point range
1-of-2 free throws
13 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds

7-of-14 from the field
0-of-1 from three-point range
5-of-5 free throws
19 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists

13-of-38 from the field
2-of-10 from three-point range
7-of-11 free throws
17.5 ppg, 3 rpg, 2.5 apg

Brown made a big improvement from Game 1 to Game 2, which is nothing new. He's proven there's nothing he can't do...he's one of the most well-rounded players on this Pitt roster. The question is, can he put two good games together, then three, then four, and so on. We'll find out as soon as Monday to see if Brown can add some consistency to his game.

9-of-12 from the field
3-of-5 free throws
21 points, 7 rebounds

17-of-23 from the field
6-of-10 free throws
20 ppg, 9 rpg

Taylor single-handedly beat the opposition on Monday. Whenever he caught a pass inside, the defense hardly had time to draw a double before he either dunked through, or put up a quick layup. The most impressive thing about his layups were that they were quick, yet not forced. There was a lot of athleticism to his move. He was quick with his hands when going to the hole, but more than anything, he was too strong to contain. Despite the impressive numbers, he took a significant part of the second half off, because he helped his team to a big lead.

6-of-13 from the field
1-of-3 three-point range
6-of-7 free throws

12-of-26 from the field
4-of-9 three-point range
8-of-11 free throws
19 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.5 apg

Gibbs was more assertive as a feeder on Wednesday night. It paid off even more for teammate J.J. Richardson, who often, was the result of Gibbs' feeds. His shooting through two games has been good, as he's hovering around 40 percent from both the field and three-point range. Gibbs has a chance to become one of the most versatile guards that Jamie Dixon has had. He is good at shooting from the field, from three-point range, and is looking to become a better passer. The question is, is he going to lean more to one side (shooting vs. passing), or just a little of everything. If he becomes a little of everything, it probably opens a role for another player to come off the bench and be a setup man or a spot shooter.

1-of-4 from the field
1-of-2 from three-point range
3 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists

5-of-10 from the field
3-of-6 from three-point range
6.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.5 apg

Rivers is an impressive three-point shooter. Lets see if during the summer league, what his three-point shooting percentage ends up being...could be one of the best in the league if he gets more looks.

4-of-6 from the field
1-of-4 from three-point range 4-of-4 free throws
15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists

9-of-15 from the field
2-of-7 from three-point range
8-of-12 free throws
15 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg

Patterson continues to shoot the ball well, and more impressively, is taking the right shots. If he misses, it's not because he's randomly launching threes. Patterson needs to continue to shoot the ball well, because he makes a nice compliment for that role player we just mentioned with Gibbs. He has a chance to be that deadly shooter to come of the bench, then improve his minutes from there.

6-of-15 from the field
1-of-4 from three-point range 7-of-10 free throws
20 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists

11-of-25 from the field
3-of-7 from three-point range
11-of-17 free throws
18 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.5 apg

Wanamaker is at his best when he's driving to the hoop. There's not a player on the Pitt roster than can go to the hole the way he does, the way he attacks, the way he handles the ball, his strength, and the way he finishes. What he's done so far through two games, is that he's proved that he doesn't have to be one-dimensional. Continuing in this role can be good for him, because even if he gets trapped, he can draw a double and dish it off to one of the big men like a Gary McGhee or Dante Taylor, making them more productive. Then, there's also the chance that like Ashton Gibbs, Wanamaker becomes another versatile-type guard the way Ashton Gibbs is.

6-of-12 from the field
0-of-5 free throws
12 points, 5 rebounds

11-of-25 from the field
0-of-1 from three-point range
1-of-8 free throws
11.5 ppg, 6 rpg, 1.5 apg

Robinson got off to a great start on Wednesday night, then he cooled off. He connected on his first four shots, then connected on just 2-of-8 shots the rest of the night The reason? He started taking the wrong shots. Robinson is at his best when he is underneath the basket. His size dictates he'd make an excellent small forward--that may still hold true, because he still has two years to play at Pitt. His abilities, and the physical style he plays, dictates that he is best suited for a four. He's somewhere between a Jaron Brown and a Sam Young right now. He takes out the trash almost every time he's out there--he grabs all the tough rebounds that no one else seems to be able to get to. His shots are good from the inside, and he doesn't seem to have problems reaching over players taller than him. His problem is shooting anything mid to long range. In the long run he's going to be better suited for one or the other. This summer could tell us a lot about where Robinson is going to line up in the future.

7-of-9 from the field
5-of-8 free throws
19 points, 10 rebounds

12-of-20 from the field
6-of-11 free throws
15 ppg points, 8.5 rpg

One of the most pleasant things to watch through this first week of the summer league, has been the progression of Zanna. We talked about Robinson having the size of a three, yet playing like a four. Zanna is the opposite. He has the size of a power forward or a center, yet can drive to the hole or shoot from a wing like a small forward. Zanna has a great sense of where he is. He grabs rebounds, and makes the extra pass without even thinking about it. Everything seems to be coming natural to him right now.

8-of-12 from the field
5-of-9 free throws
21 points, 5 rebounds

13-of-21 from the field
6-of-14 free throws
16 ppg, 8 rpg

The most obvious thing about how Gary McGhee looked on Wednesday night, is how comfortable he looked with Levance Fields feeding him the ball. Fields, a true point guard, and one of the best to play at Pitt, knew exactly where to find McGhee. Anytime he did, McGhee finished with ease. With all the guards Pitt has on its roster, surely there has to be at least one passer who can make a good pass to the inside to McGhee. Sure, not everyone is going to be Fields, but after seeing what McGhee did with Fields feeding him--five Fields assists which led to five easy layups for McGhee--it has to be worth a try.

5-of-8 from the field
6-of-8 free throws
16 points, 9 rebounds

12-of-18 from the field
0-of-1 from three-point range
7-of-10 free throws
15.5 ppg, 7 rpg

Richardson continues to impress. He took a step away from the outside shots in his second summer league game, instead focusing on his inside shots, and rebounding. Much like Zanna, he's playing at a high comfort level right now. The game comes to him. As the summer goes on, both players are almost becoming the same player--two big forwards who can rebound with guard-like abilities. If they both continue to improve, they could create some interesting matchup problems for opponents in the future.

3-of-5 from the field
0-of-1 from three-point range
1-of-2 free throws
7 points, 4 rebounds

12-of-16 from the field
1-of-3 from three-point range
2-of-4 free throws
13.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1 apg

Cameron Wright cooled off a little bit to start Wednesday night's game, but as the game wore on, he quickly warmed up. He finished off a drive to the hole, thanks to a pass from B.J. Montiero, with an impressive finish. He looks comfortable playing the point, but so far, the thing he looks most comfortable with is driving to the basket.

3-of-11 from the field
0-of-2 from three-point range
1-of-2 free throws
7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist

7-of-18 from the field
2-of-4 from three-point range
4-of-5 free throws
10 ppg, 3 rpg, 1 apg

Moore also cooled off from Monday night's debut, but not for a lack of trying. He didn't make as good of shooting decisions as he made Monday. We'll see how he rebounds in the next game. He appears to be a pretty accurate free throw shooter so far, which should help

0-of-4 from the field

0-of-6 from the field

Nwanko joins the team this year as a walk-on. One thing he did differently on Wednesday, from his performance Monday night, is he put himself in position for better shots in Wednesday night's game.

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