Pitt point guard James Robinson is having an excellent season on the court and is being recognized not only for his performance on the hardwood, but his performance off it as well.
Tuesday, Robinson was named one of 30 candidate for the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate basketball.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
On the court, the senior Robinson is averaging 9.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game, while ranking fourth in the NCAA with a 5.00:1 assist-to-turnover ratio to help lead the Panthers to a 15-2 start to the season.
Off the court Robinson has excelled as well.
Among the 30 candidates, all are in excellent academic standing with 10 having grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher. Each of the candidates also volunteers his or her time with charitable organizations and causes while upholding a reputation for positive character on campus and in the community.
The winner of the award will be announced during the 2016 Final Four.
The 30 candidates are:
|John Brown||High Point|
|Obi Emegano||Oral Roberts|
|Phil Forte||Oklahoma State|
|Chris Fowler||Central Michigan|
|Georges Niang||Iowa State|
|Marcus Paige||North Carolina|
|Denzel Valentine||Michigan State|
|Fred VanVleet||Wichita State|
|Thoams Walkup||Stephen F. Austin|
|Jameel Warney||Stony Brook|
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