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Sophomore guard James Robinson looking to lead Panthers as season begins

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    In this Oct. 25, 2013 photo, Pittsburgh's James Robinson shoots in the first half of the exhibition NCAA college basketball game against UC San Diego in Pittsburgh. Robinson plans to be a bigger part of the offense this season after the graduation of Tray Woodall. Robinson spent most of the summer working on his jump shot and coach Jamie Dixon believes Robinson can be one of the better all-around point guards in the ACC.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)The Associated Press

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    In this Oct. 25, 2013 photo, Pittsburgh's James Robinson, right, defends against UC San Diego's Aleks Lipovic in the first half of the exhibition NCAA college basketball game in Pittsburgh. Robinson plans to be a bigger part of the offense this season after the graduation of Tray Woodall. Robinson spent most of the summer working on his jump shot and coach Jamie Dixon believes Robinson can be one of the better all-around point guards in the ACC.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)The Associated Press

Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon says he's ready for sophomore point guard James Robinson to take the next step.

Robinson started 32 of 33 games last season, a rarity for a freshman with the Panthers. While Robinson did an excellent job running the offense, Dixon says he would like to see Robinson look to score more this winter.

Robinson averaged 6.1 points a year ago and shot just 38 percent from the field. He spent most of the offseason working on his jumper in hopes of becoming a bigger threat offensively.

Robinson and the Panthers open the season on Friday night against Savannah State.