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Pitt basketball: James Robinson wins Big East Rookie of the Week

James Robinson averaged 11 points and seven assists in Pitt's two games this week, earning him Big East freshman honors despite not being Pitt's highest-touted incoming recruit this offseason.

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James Robinson was named Big East Rookie of the Week for his performance in Pittsburgh's two wins after putting up 11 points against both Howard and Detroit, adding eight and six assists in the two games.

The freshman has been a major part of Pitt's 7-1 start thus far: Robinson actually leads Pitt in minutes played with 30.3 per game, chipping in 7.3 points and 3.9 assists. The point guard was rated the 43rd best prospect in the 2012 class by ESPN and has lived up to his rating as a pivotal part of Pitt's rotation.

Robinson wasn't the highest touted recruit in the Jamie Dixon's impressive incoming class - that was Steven Adams, another five-star recruit considered the No. 6 player in the nation by ESPN - but he's had a bigger impact than Adams, the center who is averaging 6.0 points and 4.4 rebounds. The 6-foot-3 Robinson is only third on the team in assists despite his large amount of playing time, but that will change if the freshman continues playing like he did this past week.

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