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PLAYER PROFILES

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TALIB ZANNA 6-9 „ 230 „ Sophomore* „ Forward Kaduna, Nigeria „ Bishop McNamara H.S. (Md.)

THE STORYLINE

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Talib Zanna (pronounced Ta-leeb Zah-nah) begins his third season at Pitt after seeing action in 27 games with 13 starts before a broken right thumb injury sidelined him for the season’s final seven contests. Most fans remember the Maryland game when he recorded his first double-double in an inspiring 14-point, 12-rebound performance. A power forward, Zanna is a strong, physical athlete who combines skill and athleticism to create matchup problems with the opposition. He possesses a solid midrange jumper, unique and rare post-up skills and is capable of playing with his back to the basket as well as blocking shots on the defensive end. Zanna loves to attack off the dribble from the outside and is an aggressive and physical rebounder. Over the course of his career, he has done a terrific job of maturing his game from primarily being a defensive player and rebounder to developing a flowing offensive game where he can handle the ball on the break and pull-up to shoot jumpers. Zanna, who earned a medical redshirt during his first season on campus, will have the opportunity to become a major contributor for Pitt in 2011-12.

2010-11 Started the season’s first 13 games and has appeared in 27 games at power forward...Missed the last seven games of the season due to a broken right thumb...One double-double on year...Registered double figure scoring in four games and double figure rebounding twice...Earned co-Most Improved Player Award at team banquet...Scored 11 points (5-6 FG), a career-high in conference play, in 15 minutes, with all 11 points coming in the first half vs. USF, 2/16...Registered first career double-double with careerhighs of 14 points (5-7 FG) and 12

rebounds in the 2K Sports Classic semifinal game vs. Maryland, 11/18... Scored career-high 13 points (5-8 FG) and added nine rebounds (five offensive) vs. North Florida, 11/13... Finished with nine points and a careerhigh 11 rebounds in season opener vs. Rhode Island, 11/8.

2009-10 Earned medical hardship waiver for the 2009-10 season following a right shoulder injury...Played in one game.

HIGH SCHOOL A 2009 graduate of Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Md. where he played three seasons for head coach Marty Keithline…Helped lead Bishop McNamara to a 21-12 record and No. 3 state ranking… Named First Team All-MET by the Washington Postt and earned Independent private school all-league honors…Averaged 14.6 points and 11.8 rebounds as a senior...Reached double figure scoring in 22 of 27 games, scored over 20 points five times and finished with 10 doubledoubles on the year…Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Bojangles Shootout…Scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. St. Mary’s Ryken…Scored 21 points, including four thunderous dunks along with 15 rebounds vs. fellow Pitt signee Lamar Patterson’s St. Benedict’s Prep team…Finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds vs. White Station…Scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds vs. Carroll…Grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds two times on the year… Earned Most Valuable Player honors in the Capital Area Classic Regional AllStar Game after totaling 21 points and 14 rebounds…Named First Team AllPrince George’s County by the Montgomery Gazette and Second Team All-Washington Catholic Athletic

ZANNA’S CAREER STATISTICS Year Y 2009-10 2010-11 Total

GP 1 27 28

GS 0 13 13

Min 3 319 322

Avg g 3.0 11.8 11.5

FG 0 40 40

Total FGA 0 71 71

Pct .000 .563 .563

Three-Point 3FG 3FGA Pct 0 0 .000 0 1 .000 0 1 .000

Year Y 2010-11 Total

GP 14 14

GS 0 0

Min 100 100

Avg g 7.1 7.1

FG 11 11

FGA 23 23

Pct .478 .478

3FG 3FGA 0 0 0 0

OVERALL FT 0 20 20

FTA 0 42 42

Pct .000 .476 .476

Rebounds Off Def TTot 0 0 0 43 50 93 43 50 93

BIG EAST REGULAR SEASON Pct FT FTA Pct Off .000 6 13 .462 12 .000 6 13 .462 12

Def 13 13

TTot 25 25

Avg g 0.0 3.4 3.4

PF 1 43 44

FO 0 0 0

Ast 0 5 5

TO 0 17 17

Blk 0 9 9

Stl 0 7 7

Pts 0 100 100

Avgg 0.0 3.7 3.6

Avg g 1.8 1.8

PF 14 14

FO 0 0

Ast 2 2

TO 9 9

Blk 2 2

Stl 4 4

Pts 28 28

Avgg 2.0 2.0

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