* Good rebounder for his size
* Good passer/sees the floor well
* Great competitor
* Can he play the point in the NBA?
* Three-point percentage decreased each of his last two years in college
Wanamaker didn’t hurt his chances of getting drafted by playing well in the Portsmouth Invitational. If he makes an NBA roster, it won’t be because of his shooting. He shot 32 percent from the field at Portsmouth and was 2-for-17 from three-point range in his last 17 college games. If Wanamaker sticks in the league, it will be because of his ability to play the point.
Wanamaker earned second-team All-Big East honors and also won the Big East Sportsmanship Award. He led Pitt in assists, steals, free-throws made, free-throws attempted and minutes played and was second in rebounding and third in blocked shots.
11.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.6 tpg, 1.8 bpg, 33.9 mpg, .480 FG, .294 3PT, .697 FT
Wanamaker is only the second Pitt player to rack up more than 1,000 points (1,090), 500 rebounds (525) and 400 assists (454) in his career. Former point guard Carl Krauser (1,642 points, 526 rebounds, 568 assists) was the first.
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What Insiders Say:
Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon
"When he came to Pitt, I just knew he was going to be a great player. And I've said a couple times where I was so sure he was going to be a great player, I may have been a little bit harder on him as a freshman because I had such great expectations and hopes and beliefs in him. And I guess they did come true, because he could have been Big East player of the year; he had to be about as close as you can get to it without not getting it on the championship team."
What Outsiders Say:
Notre Dame coach Mike Brey
"I don't know if there's a more respected player in this league. I've been in this league a long time. What that guy does for his team and the level of consistency and to have them in position to win [is impressive]."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
|Three-point field goals: 2007-08, 3-for-18 (.167); 2008-09, 23-for-59 (.390); 2009-10, 25-for-70 (.357); 2010-11, 16-for-49 (.327). Totals: 67-for-196 (.342).|