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 CBSSports.com 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.”