Brad Wanamaker - Draft Prospect Profile
Height: 6-4 Weight: 210 lbs
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
CAREER: Registered eight career double-doubles and 48 double figure scoring games...Started 68 consecutive games...Became the 39th player in school history to score over 1,000 career points on Feb. 12, 2011...One of only two players in school history to register 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in a career (Carl Krauser is the other)...One of only eight players in school history to score over 1,000 points and dish out over 400 assists in a career...One of only three players in school history to average over 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in two seasons. The other two players are Carl Krauser and Jerry McCullough...One of five players in program history to score over 300 points and dish out over 150 assists in two seasons at Pitt...Concluded career ranked among school career leaders in scoring (No. 34 with 1090 points), assists (No. 8), assist:turnover ratio (No. 8), steals (No. 14) and games played (No. 6).
An all-around player, Brad Wanamaker returns to the squad after completing a breakout junior season. Last year, he emerged as Pitt's key perimeter playmaker as he ranked among the team's top two players in virtually every offensive statistic. His production is characterized by the fact that he became one of only six players in school history to average over 10.0 points, 4.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in a season. As leader and winner, Wanamaker makes his teammates better with strong, consistent play. In 2009-10, he finished second in the Big East (league games) in assists per game. Over the last three seasons, he has improved his game in all facets: shooting, ball-handling and defending. Wanamaker is a versatile, underrated and athletic competitor with the ability to take it to the basket. Known as a relentless worker and winner who will do whatever it takes for his team to be successful, Wanamaker has also proved to be a tough, strong and physical guard with a reputation of being a superb team player. His style of play has drawn comparisons to Mitch Richmond and Dwyane Wade. Look for Wanamaker to make a major impact in his final season at Pitt.
2010-11: One of 30 finalists for the Naismith and Wooden Awards/All-America teams...Played in the NABC College All-Star Game in Houston...AP All-America honorable mention selection...USBWA All-District 2 Second Team selection...NABC All-District 5 Second Team selection...Earned the Big East Sportsmanship Award, the third player in school history to earn the honor (Jaron Brown, 2004; Ronald Ramon, 2008)...All-Big East Second Team honoree...Earned the team's co-Most Valuable Player and Captain's Award at team banquet...Ranked 44th among NCAA Division I leaders in assist:turnover ratio (2.26) and 47th in assists per game (5.1)...Started all 34 games at guard...Three 20-point scoring games...20 double figure scoring games and 11 games with 15 or more points...Led team in trips to the free throw line (154)...Scored 17 points with four assists in 35 minutes in Big East Championship vs. Connecticut, 3/10...Recorded eighth career double-double by scoring 13 points (6-12 FG) and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds in 41 minutes at Louisville, 2/27...Finished with 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds vs. West Virginia, 2/24...Reached the career 1,000 point mark by scoring a game-high 21 points (career high 8-15 FG, 5-6 FT) at Villanova, 2/12...Recorded 15 points (5-10 FG), a game-high six assists and five rebounds vs. Syracuse, 1/17...Scored 15 points (4-6 FG) and dished out a game-high six assists vs. Marquette, 1/10...Registered a team-high 19 points (6-9 FG) and six rebounds vs. American, 12/22...Led team with 21 points (6-10 FG), nine assists and a career-high five steals vs. Tennessee, 12/11...Recorded a double-double with 16 points (6-12 FG), a season-best 11 assists and no turnovers vs. Rider, 12/4, becoming the first player at Pitt to register at least 10 or more assists and no turnovers since Levance Fields on Feb. 14, 2009...Finished with a career-high tying 24 points (7-13 FG, 10-13 FT) and dished out eight assists in season opener vs. Rhode Island, 11/8.
PERSONAL: Born Bradley D. Wanamaker on July 25, 1989...Son of Bradley Wanamaker, Sr. and Deborah Samuel...Immediate family includes two sisters Latisha and Crystal Samuel, two brothers- James Samuel and Brian Wanamaker and nephew James Samuel...His twin brother Brian, who played on his high school team and played at Central Connecticut State as a freshman and is now at Texas Wesleyan...2007-08 Pitt senior Mike Cook and fellow Philadelphia native also played in his AAU program Positive Image...Style of play has been compared to Cook...Made his verbal commitment to Pitt on August 24, 2006...Had 13 scholarship offers including Villanova, Xavier, Virginia, Penn State, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Dayton, George Washington and Temple...Majors in communications.