As one of the nation's top players, Ashton Gibbs returns for his final year at Pitt with the opportunity to etch his name among the school's all-time best players. A tremendous representative of the university, Gibbs is a two-time All-Big East selection, two-time All-Region selection, three-time Big East Academic pick and is a candidate for Academic All-America honors. He also earned the 2009-10 Big East Most Improved Player award following a breakout sophomore season. Gibbs returns as Pitt's starting point guard, top shooter and go-to scorer. As one of the nation's most underrated offensive players, he has led Pitt in scoring in each of the last two seasons, scored over 20 points 23 times in his career and reached double figures in 54 of his last 65 games played. In addition, he converted several memorable clutch shots including a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to defeat Providence and a game-tying 3-pointer during a dramatic comeback against West Virginia. Already, Gibbs has proved to be one of the best shooters in school history as he will enter his senior year primed to set numerous records for both free throws and 3-pointers. A heady combination guard, proven winner and competitor, Gibbs has showed versatility in contributing at both the point and off guard positions. Cool under pressure and a steady all-around player, he has the ability to change the game with his shooting skills.
Became the 38th player in school history to score over 1,000 career points...Converted at least three or more 3-pointers in 43 career games...Hit at least one 3-pointer in 80 of 100 career games and in each of his last 32 consecutive games played...Enters his senior season ranked among Pitt career leaders in scoring (23rd, 1207 points), 3-point field goals made (4th, 216), 3-point field goal percentage (2nd, .441) and free throw percentage (2nd, .879).
Wooden Award nominee...AP All-America honorable mention selection...USBWA All-District 2 First Team selection...NABC All-District 5 First Team selection...ECAC Second Team All-Star...All-Big East First Team honoree...Preseason All-Big East First Team selection...Earned co-Most Valuable Player and Free Throw awards at team banquet...Scored 20 or more points in 12 contests and reached double figures in 26 of 31 games...Ranked third among NCAA Division I leaders in 3-point FG pct. (49.0%), fifth in 3-point FG per game (3.3) and 18th in free throw pct. (88.9%)...Led the Big East in 3-point field goals made, 3-point pct. and ranked second in free throw pct...His 102 3-pointers rank as the highest season total in school history...Averaged 18.5 points (7-10 3FG), hit 14-23 field goals (61%) in Pitt's two NCAA Tournament games...Registered a game-high 26 points (9-16 FG, 6-9 3FG) vs. UNC Asheville, 3/17...His 26 points ranked tied for the 10th highest point total in Pitt's NCAA Tournament history and his six 3-pointers set a school NCAA Tournament game record...Surpassed or set career-highs for points (27), field goals made (10-13) and 3-point field goals made (6-7) in Big East Championship vs. Connecticut, 3/10...Registered a team-high 18 points (5-10 FG, 6-6 FT) vs. Villanova, 3/5...Finished with 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-6 3FG) in 37 minutes at USF, 3/2...Recorded a then career and game-high 26 points (6-9 3FG, 4-4 FT) and hit a career-high tying six 3-pointers at St. John's, 2/19...Missed three games with an MCL injury in his left knee. It marked the first time in his three-year career that he missed a game due to injury. Previously, Gibbs had played in 85 consecutive games and started 57 straight contests...Scored a career-high tying 25 points (5-5 3FG, 6-6 FT) vs. Cincinnati, 2/5...Registered a game-high 24 points (7-14 FG, 4-9 3FG) at Rutgers, 1/29...Surpassed 1,000 career points on a second half 3-pointer and finished with a 13-point performance at DePaul, 1/22...Posted a game-high 22 points (5-10 3FG, 5-6 FT) at Georgetown, 1/12...Recorded a team-high 19 points (6-11 FG, 5-8 3FG) vs. Marquette, 1/4...Scored a team-high 21 points (3-6 3FG) with seven assists vs. Connecticut, 12/27...Scored a game-high 22 points (4-8 3FG) vs. Duquesne, 12/1...Named the 2K Sports/Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Tournament Most Valuable Player after averaging 18.5 points over two games (vs. Texas, Maryland)...Named the Big East Player of the Week on Nov. 22 after averaging 19.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game through Pitt's first five contests...Scored team-high 24 points (8-14 FG), including 19 in the second half, hit three 3-pointers vs. Texas in 2K Sports Classic title game, 11/19...Finished with 24 points (5-10 3FG) and a career-high seven assists vs. Illinois-Chicago, 11/13...Scored 22 points (8-15 FG) in season opener vs. Rhode Island, 11/8.
Big East Most Improved Player award winner, becoming Pitt's sixth MIP in the last 11 years...Bob Cousy Award candidate...All-Big East Second Team honoree...Selected to the USBWA All-District 2 Team...Led team in scoring (15.7 ppg.), minutes played (1177), field goals made (159), 3-point field goals (78) and free throw percentage (88.4)...One of four players who started all 34 games...Scored over 20 points in 11 games and reached double figure scoring in 28 of 34 games...Ranked No. 15 nationally in free throw percentage (88.4) and No. 105 in 3-point field goals made per game (2.3)...Set a school record with 46 consecutive free throws made from the first half against Texas to the final three seconds at Cincinnati, a streak that spanned 11 games. The former record was 34 held by three players...Also hit 31 consecutive free throws from the second half of the Connecticut game to the second half of the game at West Virginia...Hit at least one 3-pointer in 47 of 69 career games...Set school records for most 3-pointers made and 3-point field goal attempts for a sophomore...Earned co-Most Valuable Player and Free Throw leader awards at team banquet...Named Big East Player of the Week on Jan. 4 after averaging 23.5 points and shooting 63.6 percent (14-22) from the floor and 69.2 percent (9-13) from 3-point range in Pitt's two games vs. DePaul and Syracuse...Scored 19 points (6-16 FG) including 18 in the first half of the NCAA Tournament Second Round game vs. Xavier, 3/21...Swished game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, tied a career-high with a game-high 25 points and tied career-highs for field goals made (9) and 6-9 3-pointers vs. Providence, 3/4...Scored 21 points (9-12 FT) vs. Villanova, 2/21...Finished with 24 points (7-17 FG), hit a career-high tying 6-13 3-pointers in a school-record tying and career-high 50 minutes vs. West Virginia, 2/12...Scored 20 points, hit four 3-pointers vs. Robert Morris, 2/8...Scored a game-high 23 points including a career-high 14-14 free throws which tied the school record for best FT game percentage at Seton Hall, 1/24...Scored 15 points (3-4 3FG) including a key 3-pointer in overtime vs. Louisville, 1/16...Finished with 19 points (3-5 3FG) and hit a crucial 3-pointer late in the game at Connecticut, 1/13...Scored 19 points (14 in the first half) and hit a career-high 10-11 free throws at Cincinnati, 1/4...Finished with 24 points (7-11 FG), hit a career-high 6-9 3-pointers (four in the first half), grabbed a career-high eight rebounds and set the school's consecutive free throws made streak at Syracuse, 1/2...Scored 23 points (7-11 FG), hit 3-4 3-pointers, 6-6 free throws and grabbed a then career-high seven rebounds vs. DePaul, 12/28...Finished with a career-high 25 points (8-25 FG) including 14 in the first half, hit 5-15 3-point field goals vs. Indiana, 12/8...Scored 23 points, hit 9-16 field goals in 35 minutes vs. New Hampshire, 12/4...Scored eight of Pitt's 11 points in the second overtime period vs. Duquesne, 12/2...Scored 20 points (8-14 FG) vs. Eastern Kentucky, 11/19...Finished with 22 points, hit a career-high 6-10 3-point field goals, hit 3-pointers on three straight possessions vs. Binghamton, 11/17...Made first career start vs. Wofford, 11/13.
2009 SUMMER/USA BASKETBALL
Helped guide the Under-19 USA Basketball Team to the Gold Medal and undefeated 9-0 record at the FIBA World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, July, 2009...Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon served as head coach for the team...Over Team USA's nine-game summer, averaged 9.8 points, dished out 20 assists and led the squad in minutes played (202) and minutes per game (22.4)...Also made six starts, hit 12 3-pointers, hit 82.4 percent (14-17) of his free throw attempts and finished the tourney with a 3.00 assist-turnover ratio...Scored 13 points in USA's 88-80 Gold Medal victory over Greece...Scored 11 points vs. Croatia...Scored an international-high 18 points (8-11 FG) with six assists and hit 2-4 3-pointers in a win over Egypt...Finished with 10 points in his international debut vs. Iran.
Played in 35 games off the bench...Led the Big East in 3-point field goal percentage (.439). Hit 36 of his 82 3-point attempts on the season...Named a Big East Academic All-Star...Six double figure scoring games on year...Hit at least one 3-pointer in 19 of his 35 games played...Earned team's Free Throw Shooting Award at team banquet for best free throw percentage on the year (80.0 percent)...Averaged 4.8 points (5-14 FG), hit 5-11 3-pointers (45.5 percent) in Pitt's four NCAA Tournament games...Scored nine points off the bench, hit 3-4 3-pointers in 16 minutes of NCAA Tournament Second Round game vs. Oklahoma State, 3/22...Finished with 10 points, hit 2-2 3-pointers and 4-4 free throws in NCAA Tournament First Round vs. East Tennessee State, 3/20...Scored a career-high 15 points including a career-high four 3-pointers (4-6 from behind the arc) in 14 minutes at Providence, 2/24...Hit three 3-pointers, scored nine points vs. Robert Morris, 2/2...Recorded 13 points, hit a career-high two 3-pointers in a career-high seven attempts in 17 minutes vs. Notre Dame, 1/31...Scored six points (2-2 3FG) in seven minutes vs. St. John's, 1/11...Set or tied career-highs for points (13), field goals made (5) and 3-point field goals made vs. UMBC, 12/13...Finished with a career-high 11 points (4-9 FG) and hit a career-high 3-5 3-pointers in 15 minutes vs. Vermont, 12/6...Scored a career-high 10 points, hit 5-5 free throws with four assists vs. Indiana, Pa., 11/22...Scored eight points in career debut vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, 11/14.
A 2008 graduate of Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, N.J. where he played four seasons for Head Coach Bob Farrell...Guided Seton Hall Prep to a 23-6 record as a senior...Concluded his career as Seton Hall Prep's all-time leading scorer with 1,882 career points surpassing the previous total held by 1974 graduate Keven McDonald...First Team Associated Press All-State selection after averaging 23.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.0 steals while converting 113 3-pointers (48.1 percent) as a senior...Earned Newark Star-Ledger Area Player of the Year honors...Scored 30 of team's 45 points, hit seven 3-pointers in a 53-45 loss to Immaculata in the NJSIAA North Jersey Non-Public A Tournament...Scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds in SHP's 60-38 defeat of DePaul in North Public A competition...Selected MVP at the NJSCA All-Star Classic after scoring 15 points to lead the North squad to a 137-120 victory over the South...Led the Pirates to a 31-1 record and third consecutive Non-Public Class A state title as a junior...Named an underclass All-America top-20 selection by Student Sports Magazine...Second Team All-State selection as a junior...Two-time Newark Star-Ledger All-Area team selection and three-time All-Essex County Team selection...Scored 19 points in leading the Pirates to a 56-45 win over Christian Brothers Academy in the state final...Also guided team to the NJSIAA North Jersey title...Team won 30 consecutive games before falling to St. Benedict's Prep in the Tournament of Champions...Averaged 16.9 points, 3.0 assists and shot 85 percent from the free throw line as a junior...Averaged 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game in helping guide the Pirates to a 28-3 record as a sophomore...Selected as a "Fabulous Freshman" and competed in the MetroHoops All-Star game...Helped guide team to the Tournament of Champions title as a freshman...Hit nine 3-pointers and scored 41 points for New Heights in the IS8 Tournament following his senior season...Invited to compete at the prestigious ABCD Camp in Hackensack, N.J. as a sophomore...Played AAU basketball with Team New York, MetroHawks and Playaz Basketball Club.
Born Ashton Gibbs on January 19, 1990...Son of Temple and Jacqueline Gibbs...Has two younger brothers: Sterling and T.J....Father Temple Gibbs played football at Temple and roomed with future NFL All Pro cornerback Kevin Ross...Visited Pitt on an unofficial visit prior to his junior year and committed to the Panthers on June 15, 2007...Earned the nickname "Microwave" after he continually came off the bench to hit 3-pointers...Has known fellow Pitt player Travon Woodall since the seventh grade...Played on an AAU team with Woodall...Chose Pitt because of the "Big East's tradition, location, family atmosphere and familiarity"...Played at same high school as current Pitt assistant coach and former Panthers point guard Brandin Knight...Outstanding student...Communications major.
Points: 27, vs. Connecticut, 3/10/11. FG made: 10, vs. Connecticut, 3/10/11. FG attempts: 25, Indiana, 12/8/09. 3FG Made: 6, eight times- last vs. UNC Asheville, 3/17/11. 3FG Attempts: 15, vs. Indiana, 12/8/09. FT made: 14, at Seton Hall, 1/24/10. FT attempts: 14, at Seton Hall, 1/24/10. Rebounds: 8, at Syracuse, 1/2/10. Off. Rebs.: 3, Rutgers, 3/6/10. Def. Rebs.: 7, two times- at Syracuse, 1/2/10; DePaul, 12/28/09. Assists: 7, three times- last Connecticut, 12/27/10; Maryland Eastern Shore, 12/18/10; Illinois-Chicago, 11/10/10. Steals: 3, Mount St. Mary's, 12/19/09. Blocks: 1, four times. Minutes: 50, West Virginia, 2/12/10.
2010-11 SEASON HIGHS
Points: 27, vs. Connectiuct, 3/10. Rebounds: 7, vs. Maryland, 11/18. Assists: 7, three times- Connecticut, 12/27; Maryland Eastern Shore, 12/18; Illinois-Chicago, 11/10. Steals: 2, three times. Blocks: None. Minutes: 40, at Louisville, 2/27.