November 22, 2007

Wanamaker making a point

For freshman Brad Wanamaker (6' 4"), the transition from high school to college has been a smooth one so far. He is already a regular through four games, and is only second on the team to Levance Fields in assists.

Wanamaker came to Pitt as a shooting guard, where he averaged 17.8 points a game in high school. He has been asked to play the point guard position in his freshman year, and much like his transition from high school to college, he has moved from the two position to the one with little difficulty.

"It feels like it's going great so far," Wanamaker said. "Just sitting and watching Levance (Fields) and Ron (Ramon), I just come in and play the same position as them, and try to do what they do."

In his first collegiate game, Wanamaker had eight assists. It was the most assists in a game by a Pitt freshman making their debut, since Sean Miller had 10 assists in his debut in 1987. Playing off the bench can be a tough thing. Wanamaker has made the most of his time. In 12 minutes against North Carolina A&T, he had four points and three assists. He had his best game, from a scoring standpoint, against Mississippi Valley State, where he chipped in seven points in 17 minutes. The more Wanamaker adapts, and the more he aids Fields at the one, the better the depth looks on this team. For the season, Wanamaker has 15 assists to six turnovers. Not bad numbers for a player whose previous role was as a scorer in high school.

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