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Gibbs set on staying in the draft

Posted on: April 19, 2011 10:37 pm

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Despite all the stars forgoing the NBA draft and returning to college, one player seems set on keeping his name in the pool.

Pittsburgh guard Ashton Gibbs, who decided to test the waters three weeks ago, told on Tuesday night that he is 100 percent staying in the draft.

“When I entered the draft, I entered to get drafted,” Gibbs said.

When he announced on March 28 that he was entering the draft, he said that he was leaning towards leaving school.

That sentiment apparently hasn’t changed.

“I feel like I can play on that level and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Gibbs said.

Gibbs, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, averaged 16.8 points and 2.8 assists this past season, shooting 49 percent from 3-point range. He helped lead Pittsburgh to a Big East regular-season championship and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

When we spoke to him after his initial declaration, he said it would take a lot for him to return to the Panthers.

“Bad news from the NBA,” Gibbs said in late March. “As far as not going first or second round.”

Most mock drafts don’t project Gibbs to be chosen, but he would not comment on the feedback he has received from the NBA so far.

Said Gibbs: “Right now I’m just focused on training and getting better.”

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Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:25 pm

DUMB: Gibbs set on staying in the draft

Levance Fields had more-legit NBA dreams than Gibbs. Fields was NBA-tough as a college player, and could (in college) at least create shots — especially driving to the basket. Fields also was good at protecting the ball and seeing the floor. I was really surprised he wasn't given a chance at the NBA, but that's because his shooting — even spotting up — was too inconsistent.
Gibbs has only that last point going for him. And while Kyle Korver has made a good living shooting spot-up threes (like Steve Kerr, the Barry brothers and John Paxon in years past), they had to bring something more to the table to get a shot. Perhaps it's because their shot was much more reliable. And they were quicker on D.
Maybe it's the grades. Maybe it's out-sized ego. But if Gibbs wants to play meaningful basketball next year, he should stay at Pitt.

Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 7:40 am

Gibbs set on staying in the draft

I definitely think there is more to this story than what is meeting the eye test.  To me it seems like things within the PITT family have fallen apart with Ashton, his teammates and or head coach.  Stevie Wonder can see that this kid lacks or better yet has NO NBA skills to further his basketball career in the Association.  Shooters are a dime a dozen at the next level.  People like to reference how a player skill level is in relationship to "tools" with a 5 tool player being all that and a box of chocolates.  In breaking down Gibbs, I see him as a 1/2 tool player.  He is simply a set up shooter who needs time and space to get his shot.  No quickness, No passing, unable to create his own shot, can not drive to the hoop and plays no defense.  He will be back in NYC selling knock off Rolex's on street corners next fall.

Since: Apr 20, 2011
Posted on: April 20, 2011 6:14 pm

Gibbs set on staying in the draft

As an avid, and I mean AVID Pitt Basketball fan, I was really disappointed to see that Ashton has abandoned Pitt and chosen to get in over his head with the NBA. With the team concept that Coach Dixon has created at Pitt, I think that sometimes players who do well WITHIN that system think that they are much better than their skill set indicates. The NBA is a one-on-one league for the most part and if Ashton would be honest to himself, I think that he would realize that his skills are no match for NBA caliber play. I appreciate the 3-pt percentage and all the thrills that Gibbs has given us Pitt fans. But this really leaves a bad taste because he has chosen to gamble in a no-win situation. Some look forward to the integrity of the TEAM CONCEPT that Coach Dixon has developed. Most see that his players skills and maturity level grow greatly from year to year in that system. All PITT players stay 4 years. Except Blair who was a special case. And Taft was a egotist who took very bad advice. I agree with some of the other posts, there must be more to this story. But it really makes Ashton look like an ungrateful fool.

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2011 4:02 pm

Gibbs set on staying in the draft

It's a bad move and I think a big loss to the Pitt program next year.  I hope it's not true for both.  He could greatly increase his stock in the draft if he stays at Pit and develops a full game, passing, driving, defense.  You can't stand and shoot in the NBA AG! 

Since: Mar 21, 2011
Posted on: April 20, 2011 11:53 am

Gibbs set on staying in the draft

He has not committed to going to the NBA.  He is not going to participate in the NBA workouts on May 7th and 8th.  He has said that he will make his decision next week.  Personally, I think making a decision without working out for any teams isn't a smart move either.  Take advantage of the rules and go workout so you can make a well informed decision. 

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2011 11:43 am

Gibbs set on staying in the draft

Honestly, I wish he woudn't leave, but I don't see this as a big loss for Pitt.

Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 11:08 am

Gibbs set on staying in the draft

Ronald Ramon is probably chillin with Vonteego Cummings

Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: April 20, 2011 10:36 am

Gibbs set on being a moron

How's Ronald Ramon doing these days?

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2011 10:09 am

Gibbs set on staying in the draft

Gibb's dad is vehemently denying this report, and is saying that it is rumor taken off of the blogs.


Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:53 am

Gibbs set on staying in the draft

He's a spot-up 3-point shooter that is all. Did he ever watch an NBA game? You don't get those kinda shots. He's not quick and he is not explosive to the net on drives. He's not projected to get picked in either of the first two rounds, so what the piss is he thinking? He'd be better off coming back and improving his game.

He's an idiot.

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