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Ishaq Pitt

School

University of Maryland - Eastern Shore

Position
Guard
Major
Accounting

Classroom

Pitt has earned many academic honors over his collegiate career. An accounting major, Pitt has maintained a 3.951 GPA into his senior year with an expected graduation this May. After his sophomore year, Pitt was a recipient of the NABC Honors Court for academics. Each of the last two years, Pitt has been named to the MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team. The guard has qualified for the Dean’s List in every single semester of his academic career at UMES. For his hard work and achievements in the classroom, Pitt has been named the University of Maryland – Eastern Shore Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year each of the last two years. The NABC again honored Pitt as a nominee for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team. In 2014, Pitt was named the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar of the Year. This past summer, Pitt served an internship at Deloitte, one of the “Big Four” accounting firms and the largest professional services firm in the world. At Deloitte, Pitt took on many responsibilities relating to audit services, including review and analysis of financial documents and preparing reports for the firm’s recommendations to clients for enhanced business efficiency. Pitt’s main goal after graduation is to pursue an MBA by attending graduate school at an Ivy League institution.

Character

Leadership and high character would be the primary traits of Ishaq Pitt both on and off the basketball court. In his individual academic endeavors, Pitt has pushed himself to excellence with grades and professional experience with an internship at an internationally renowned firm in the field of his choice. When it comes to giving back to his community, Pitt has led by example in volunteering his own time to local initiatives. On campus, Pitt maintains a visible presence beyond the basketball court. Pitt currently serves on the Student Government Association’s executive board as well as being the men’s basketball representative on the Student Athletics Advisory Committee (SAAC). The last two years, Pitt has expanded his leadership in the field of accounting in pursuit of his future career. Pitt has served as the president of University of Maryland – Eastern Shore’s chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants, as well as a Becker Professional Education Campus Ambassador.

Community

Pitt has been very active and involved in the local community on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, particularly in Princess Anne. The senior has given of his own time to volunteer for community service projects such as the men’s basketball food drive initiative at the Seton Center in Princess Anne. Pitt also has been heavily involved with the Angel Tree program in Somerset County to benefit local families and children during the holiday season. Pitt has participated in the UMES Cares Day at the local Garland Hayward Youth Center. Pitt was among several students who participated in the UMES Street Sweep to partner the university with the local town for a community clean-up. Each of the last four years, Pitt has taken part in the athletic department’s showing at Relay for Life in nearby Wicomico County to benefit the American Cancer Society. Pitt’s commitment to community service, along with strong academics, has led to several nominations and awards, such as the winning the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar of the Year and being an Allstate NABC Good Works Team nominee last year.

Competition

On the basketball court, Pitt is a versatile player, filling any role that the team needs from him. As a freshman, Pitt averaged 7.0 point per game en route to being named to the MEAC All-Freshman Team for the 2011-12 season. Due to a short bench because of injuries last season, Pitt played all five positions while appearing in all 30 games and starting 13 contests for UMES. Pitt is listed at 6-3, yet he was third on the team in rebounds as a junior with 4.3 boards per game. In his career, Pitt has averaged 5.9 points per game as a role player, primarily coming off the bench. Last season, Pitt raised his game by posting his most efficient offensive season with a 46.4 field-goal percentage, and also contributing 25 steals, second on the team.