Pro Am League - The Pitt players

What two Pitt players are tied for the lead in rebounds through three games? One of them might surprise you.

6-of-10 from the field
0-of-1 three-point range
8-of-8 free throws
11-of-20 from the field
2-of-3 three-point range
9-of-10 free throws
16.5 ppg, 4 apg, 2.5 rpg

Woodall made a return after a one-game absence due to a groin injury, and went toe-to-toe with teammate Asthon Gibbs. The two have played together since their AAU days, but on Monday night, both showed that when one steps up, the other is there to push the other. If we learned anything from Monday night's matchup, it's that whatever position either Gibbs or Woodall end up playing this year for Pitt, or in the future, their caliber of play will be dependent on the other. Woodall was perfect from the free throw line, something Pitt needs.

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

22-of-53 from the field
5-of-16 from three-point range
9-of-13 free throws
19.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.6 apg

Brown had the best shooting night of any Pitt player on Monday night, and more importantly put a second consecutive good game shooting. Monday's performance wasn't about being a textbook player…Brown did some things with finesse. On a couple of his three-pointers, he made a move to juke out the defender, then take the shot. On a couple of his dunks he was in the right spot for the feed, which made the passer look even smarter. This is Brown's strength. He can make more athletic plays than anyone else on the team when he is on. The question is, can he do it consistently. The last two games, he has proved so.

5-of-8 from the field
1-of-1 free throws
11 points, 6 rebounds

22-of-31 from the field
7-of-11 free throws
17 ppg, 8 rpg

Taylor had a big game when the ball was in his hands. Sure, it was only 11 points, but with Woodall (who was on his team) having a duel with Gibbs, the big man were left off in the dust. He only had eight shots, and they all came from underneath. When it came time to make plays, Taylor was in the mix.

8-of-19 from the field
4-of-11 three-point range
3-of-4 free throws
23 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound

20-of-45 from the field
8-of-20 three-point range
11-of-15 free throws
20.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4 apg

Gibbs got off to a horrible start in the first half of his game, going 1-for-11, including 0-for-6 in the first half. He evened it out with a strong second-half performance that included 11 consecutive points, including a string of three consecutive three-pointers. Is he going to be a streaky player like Gilbert Brown, or is he going to settle down into some more consistency. One thing we are finding out, is that he and Woodall are different types of guards than what we've seen. We're also seeing the more he and Woodall push each other, the better they both are going to become. Pitt is lacking that passer, like Levance Fields was. Gibbs is different because he can run the floor, but to a point where he can find a good shot that he likes. Woodall can pass, but he likes to drive, is good at drawing the foul, and can convert at the line as evidenced by his 8-for-8 performance on Monday. Do we want Gibbs to become that passer that Fields was, or should we like how he moves the ball, how he distributes, and how he takes the shot.

0-of-1 from the field
0-of-1 from three-point range

5-of-11 from the field
3-of-7 from three-point range
4.3 ppg, 1 rpg, 1 apg

6-of-12 from the field
2-of-4 from three-point range 0-of-0 free throws
14 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assists

15-of-27 from the field
4-of-11 from three-point range
8-of-12 free throws
14.7 ppg, 3 rpg, 2 apg

Patterson didn't have too many looks at the basket on Monday night, but the shots he did take were good ones. The four three-pointers he took were not forced, and were all spot shots. He does a good job of getting open, and always seems to find the right spot. He just needs more reps, more time at maybe running the point which will give him an even better chance to see what's going on. His basketball IQ combined with his improving abilities, might make him a special player for the program.

6-of-16 from the field
2-of-5 from three-point range 2-of-4 free throws
16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists

17-of-41 from the field
5-of-12 from three-point range
13-of-21 free throws
17.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.7 apg

Wanamaker, even though it was just a 6-for-16 shooting performance, still looks like the biggest threat from Pitt's guard position. The reason for that is that he looks like he can play any of the three guard positions well. He runs the floor, he's taking more three-pointers, and he drives to the basket constantly. This summer is more of a refining thing for Brad. He is quietly shooting at around 41 percent from three-point range this summer. Keep an eye on him taking more three-pointers. He's only averaged four three-point attempts through three games. It wouldn't be a bad thing to see him work on that part of his game, and possibly become more of a three-point threat.

7-of-11 from the field
1-of-1 from three-point range
4-of-4 free throws
16 points, 4 rebounds

18-of-36 from the field
1-of-2 from three-point range
5-of-12 free throws
14 ppg, 4.8 rpg

Robinson is almost a lock anytime he touches the ball inside. He improved his free throw shooting from Game 2 to Game 3--that's the only part of his game that needs to be more consistent. A rebound average of just under five a game in this league might not be a ringing endorsement of someone who should be playing at the four in the Big East, but his physical play, and the way he seems to occupy his territory under the rim proves otherwise. He's not going to a be a three-point shooter, and although he can drive, he's not as strong or consistent as Wanamaker. He makes his home in the post, despite his height.

4-of-8 from the field
1-of-1 from three-point range
5-of-6 free throws
14 points, 11 rebounds

16-of-28 from the field
11-of-17 free throws
14.7 ppg points, 9.3 rpg

With an 11-rebound performance on Monday night, Zanna is tied for the league-lead with Gary McGhee for the leading rebounder. Sure, it's not the Big East yet, but Zanna looks like he's ready to go. The difference between him right now and Robinson and J.J. Richardson--at least if you're looking at other players who might be in consideration to play minutes at the four position, is that Zanna does the best job controlling the board of the longer rebounds. Dante Taylor, McGhee and Robinson do the best job inside, but Zanna, at 6-9, creates something interesting for those long rebounds. His shot selection away from the paint continues to be impressive.

10-of-15 from the field
2-of-6 free throws
22 points, 12 rebounds

23-of-36 from the field
8-of-20 free throws
18 ppg, 9.3 rpg

Brown may have had the best game of all the Pitt guards, but it was McGhee who had the best game of all the big men. Outside of his free throw shooting, McGhee has not only been the most consistent of the big men from a scoring and rebounding standpoint, he is looking a little more fluid in his moves. He made a big step in his junior season, just being able to compete in Big East games. McGhee is now showing he's not just a big guy taking up space inside. When fed the ball, he has developed a nice turn-around jumper, and even kicked back a pair of assists. It might not be Big East season yet, but McGhee has improved two skills that he didn't have during his first two years at Pitt.

2-of-5 from the field
2-of-2 free throws
6 points, 5 rebounds

14-of-23 from the field
9-of-12 free throws
12 ppg, 6.3 rpg

Richardson, like Taylor, had a quieter game. Taylor was on Woodall's team, while Richardson was on Gibbs' team. Nothing will take the big men out of a game like that then a true duel between two guards. Richardson only had the opportunity to take five shots, and he forced the ones he missed. He still grabbed five rebounds despite being limited on touches.

3-of-9 from the field
0-of-2 from three-point range
0-of-0 free throws
6 points, 1 rebounds, 1 assist

12-of-16 from the field
1-of-3 from three-point range
2-of-4 free throws
11 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1 apg

The real amazing thing about Cameron Wright's performance on Monday is that he did all his scoring in the first half. His 3-of-9 shooting might not look like much, but he was aggressive with his chances. One miss was a drive to the hole where he got in the air and tried to dunk, but the ball bounced off the rim. The fact that he even is able to take a chance like that at this point of his career is amazing. He'll get accustomed to making those shots. It's just nice to see a young player be aggressive and take chances like that.

3-of-11 from the field
1-of-3 from three-point range
9-of-11 free throws
16 points, 5 rebounds

10-of-29 from the field
3-of-7 from three-point range
13-of-16 free throws
12 ppg, 3.7 rpg

Moore played his best game of the three. He looked like more of a three, grabbing rebounds and driving to the hole a little bit more. His rebounding is the most noticeable improvement through three games. Perhaps that's just getting more comfortable here. He has quietly been Pitt's best free throw shooter overall, through three games.

2-of-2 from the field
4 points, 1 rebound

2-of-8 from the field
4 points, 1 rebound

Nwanko showed some good defense on Monday. He scored his first points of the summer on Monday, but showed some good defensive positioning, and made use of his long arms. He may be a walk-on, but without measuring, he may have the longest wingspan of anyone on the team.

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