By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Pitt power forward Nasir Robinson is expected to return to practice sometime next week, according to ESPN’s Andy Katz.

Robinson, a senior, had surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee and has been out of action for a few weeks. It’s the second straight season he’s had knee surgery leading up to the regular season.

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Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon noted at a season ticket holder dinner and again at Pitt’s Blue-Gold scrimmage on Saturday that Robinson is well ahead of where he was in rehab and recovery compared to last year.

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Robinson, along with guard Ashton Gibbs, is one of two seniors on the team. He is the most experienced player in Pitt’s front court and his presence will be a big help to a very young group of forwards.

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Outside of Robinson and junior Dante Taylor, Pitt has a largely inexperienced front court with sophomores Talib Zanna and Aron Nwankwo and freshmen Khem Birch, Durand Johnson and Malcolm Gilbert.