Pro Am League : Pitt Player Recap

Gilbert Brown, Gary McGhee, Nasir Robinson, Ashton Gibbs and J.J. Moore each had 20 points in their respective games on Wednesday night.

4-of-16 from the field
0-of-4 three-point range
5-of-7 free throws
13 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists
15-of-36 from the field
2-of-7 three-point range
14-of-17 free throws
11.5 ppg, 4 apg, 2.6 rpg

Woodall continues to show that he can run the floor, he sees things very well, and he can drive. Now, he needs to start making shots count. He almost came up with the game-winner on a nice drive to the hole, but couldn't get the right bounce. He makes the right decisions when he's out there. Now, he just has to convert more of them. If he does, he will be a real difference-maker.

16-of-22 from the field
0-of-3 from three-point range
5-of-8 free throws
37 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist

38-of-75 from the field
5-of-19 from three-point range
13-of-23 free throws
23.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 apg

Brown came out Wednesday, and could not miss. It's hard to remember him ever having a game in summer league or in Big East play. His athletic moves to the hole, combined with his shot selection make him unstoppable. The only thing he has yet to show is his consistency as a three-point shooter. With that said, it looks like he will be playing the three this year. He was put at the four a couple times in this most recent games. Though he has the right idea--on how to box out down low and battle for space, he's not the ideal inside look, not does he have a strong move. He can shoot the quick turnaround jumper, or maybe get some air off a quick give-and-go, but he's not that force that a four should be. He's showing right now, why he would make a good three.

4-of-8 from the field
4-of-7 free throws
12 points, 11 rebounds

26-of-39 from the field
11-of-18 free throws
15.7 ppg, 8.75 rpg

Taylor has quieted in the last couple of games. That can be attributed to the guards taking over and doing much of the scoring. He's been in position to grab the rebounds in the last two games. However, on Monday, he was in better position for his shots. Wednesday, his shot selection was not as good. Taylor needs a strong performance because it looks like he's slipping off that confidence wagon he came in on, to start the summer league.

8-of-15 from the field
2-of-5 three-point range
2-of-3 free throws
20 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists

28-of-60 from the field
10-of-25 three-point range
13-of-18 free throws
19.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.5 apg

Gibbs is shooting just under fifty percent from the field, which is pretty good from the guard spot. Much like Woodall, it's unclear how much of a distributor he is going to be. One thing he is showing--he's able to get to some of the long rebounds, he's able to move the ball well on his adjacents, and his three-point shooting is becoming more consistent each game. One thing we'd like to see Gibbs do, is put two halves together. The last two games, he's put himself and his team in a hole by getting off to a sluggish start. He's rebounded well in the second half of each of the last two games, but he's creating more work for himself, having to get caught up. Lets see if he can play more consistently for two halves.

2-of-7 from the field
1-of-3 from three-point range
7 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists

7-of-18 from the field
4-of-10 from three-point range
4.5 ppg, 1.25 rpg, 1.75 apg

7-of-14 from the field
2-of-5 from three-point range 3-of-6 free throws
19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists

22-of-41 from the field
6-of-16 from three-point range
11-of-18 free throws
15.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2 apg

Patterson has shot fifty percent from the field for two consecutive games. He continues to make good decisions when shooting the three. Shockingly, his free-throw shooting has slipped in the last two games. After getting a technical latched on to a personal foul, Patterson made just one of the four free throw attempts he was awarded.

3-of-14 from the field
2-of-6 from three-point range 1-of-2 free throws
9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists

20-of-55 from the field
7-of-18 from three-point range
14-of-23 free throws
15.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.3 apg

Wanamaker had a forgettable shooting performance this past week, and was probably the lowest of Pitt's lows on Wednesday. He still found a way to be a factor, grabbing six rebounds. He was too impatient with his shot selection, which is something that can drag him down.

8-of-14 from the field
0-of-0 from three-point range
4-of-9 free throws
20 points, 9 rebounds

26-of-50 from the field
1-of-2 from three-point range
9-of-21 free throws
15.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg

Robinson is making a case to be one of Pitt's most improved players overall. If he's done anything in this league, he's one pace to be Pitt's most consistent player through the league. What he does consistently, is rebound. Sure, it's odd to have a 6-5 player down low in the paint, but he does it better than Brown, who is taller than him. Robinson has the physical edge, and he just finds a way to get both the offensive and defensive boards. He's toned down on shooting threes over the last two games, and fully put his attention to the four. It's hard to say he's a lock to start there this year, but at this point, he would certainly have the edge because of his physical brand and his consistency.

2-of-9 from the field
0-of-1 from three-point range
3-of-5 free throws
7 points, 12 rebounds

18-of-37 from the field
14-of-22 free throws
12.5 ppg points, 9.9 rpg

Zanna dropped off the scoring a little bit, but didn't really have too many chances. The chances he did have, he did not take good shots. He cleaned up very nicely on the defensive rebounds, which helped his team make a comeback in this last game. Zanna's floating around right now. There are times when he looks like he can be a scoring threat and a rebounder, then there's games like this past Wednesday where he looks like strictly a rebounder. He's rebounding well--leading the league, to be exact, but still has some work ahead to become that two-way threat that he is projected to be.

10-of-20 from the field
5-of-7 free throws
25 points, 10 rebounds

33-of-56 from the field
13-of-27 free throws
19.7 ppg, 9.5 rpg

It's a given every night that McGhee will garner a double-double. He slipped a little from Monday night, in that his spin move was a little more forced. A lot of times he was caught out of position, and just couldn't get the right placement on his spin moves, hence the 10 misses he had from the field. Though he didn't look as fluid as he did on Monday, McGhee is almost guaranteed for 20 points and 10 boards a game in this league.

5-of-8 from the field
3-of-3 free throws
13 points, 10 rebounds

19-of-41 from the field
12-of-15 free throws
12.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg

Richardson was quiet for the first half, and for some of the second half. He turned it on towards the end, grabbing several key defensive rebounds down the stretch, which helped his team make a comeback and get the win. It was good to see him convert his free throws--something that not too many Pitt players did on Wednesday night. He was 5-of-8...his team just didn't give him as many chances with the ball in his hands, as he's had in recent games.

4-of-10 from the field
0-of-0 from three-point range
1-of-3 free throws
9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist

16-of-26 from the field
1-of-3 from three-point range
3-of-7 free throws
9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1 apg

Wright has cooled off a little bit in the last two games, but he's still making good decisions with the ball in his hand. In fact, he's taking a very aggressive approach. When you have a freshman that can drive and score like Wright can, there's two concerns. One, getting the freshman to be aggressive. Some don't have the confidence to do it, others don't have the speed, quickness or agility for the college game quite yet. Then, there's others that do it too much, seemingly at will, and not sharing the ball. Wright has none of those tendencies. He just needs a few lucky bounces to go his way. He has a quick first step and a great leap. Now he just needs to time it up better--does he go for the easier layup, or just dunk it.

9-of-15 from the field
1-of-2 from three-point range
1-of-2 free throws
20 points, 8 rebounds

19-of-44 from the field
4-of-9 from three-point range
14-of-18 free throws
14 ppg, 4.8 rpg

What's bizarre about the play of the two freshmen through four games, is that they both started off strong. While Wright looked stronger and more able through the first two games, Moore has been the more consistent of the two in the last two games, as Wright has slipped. Moore has a lot of different facets to his game. He can shoot, he can drive--maybe not as well as Wright. Moore came up biggest in this last game with his defensive play. It looks like he already has the defense first mentality that Jamie Dixon instills in his players. He was dominant on the boards in this game too. Lets see if he keeps it consistent.

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

3-of-10 from the field
2 ppg, 1.3 rpg

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