The surgery was done at UPMC South Side Hospital. It was performed by team physician, Dr. Robin West. In addition to West, team physician Dr. Freddie Fu and Pitt Athletic Trainer Tony Salesi anticipate that Nasir Robinson will make a full recovery and return to the court sometime between three-to-six weeks.
“We expect Nasir to make a full recovery,” Pitt Head Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon said, through a press release. “The surgery was a success and we know that Nasir will work hard during the rehabilitation process.”
In the meantime, Pitt still has depth in red shirt freshman Talib Zanna, sophomore J.J. Richardson and sophomore Dante Taylor, who will fill in for Robinson at the four, while he recovers. This injury probably has the biggest impact on Zanna, who now is almost certain to get minutes in the early part of the season, in Robinson’s absence.
Robinson started all 34 games at power forward for Pitt in 2009-10. He averaged 6.6 points, 5.6 rebounds per game and shot 49.5 percent from the floor in 848 minutes played as a sophomore. His biggest game of the season came in a 26-point, 11-rebound performance against Louisville on January 16, 2010. In his two-year career, he has not sat out a game due to injury.
Pitt opens its competition schedule on Sunday, Oct. 31 with an exhibition game against Northwood University (Fla.) at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 2 p.m