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Ashton Gibbs Named Finalist for Bob Cousy Award




Jan. 5, 2012

PITTSBURGH—University of Pittsburgh senior guard Ashton Gibbs was named one of 20 nationwide finalists for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. Named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, the award honors the top point guard in college basketball. The 20 finalists were selected from an original group of 60 student-athletes.

The group of 20 finalists will be narrowed down to 10 players in early February and down to five players by early March. The winner of the award will be determined by Bob Cousy himself, as well as a selection committee made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors, and Hall of Famers. The winner will be presented the award at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Monday April 2nd in New Orleans as part of NCAA Final Four weekend. 

Pitt’s Levance Fields (2007, 2008, and 2009) and Carl Krauser (2005 and 2006) were also named finalists during their respective Pitt careers.

A Naismith, Wooden All-America nominee, Lowe’s Senior CLASS award candidate and Big East Preseason Player of the Year, Gibbs currently leads the Panthers in points (16.9 ppg), minutes played(34.9 mpg), and free-throw percentage (86.0 percent). He is also averaging 3.3 assists per game and shooting 35.8 percent from 3-point range. 


 

 

As a junior, Gibbs earned All-Big East First Team honors and was named an AP All-America honorable mention selection. In 2010-11, Gibbs led Pitt in scoring (16.8 ppg), ranked third nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (49.0), led the Big East in 3-point field goals made (102) and ranked second in the league in free-throw percentage (88.9). Last season, Gibbs became the 39th player in school history to score 1,000 points in career. Over his first three seasons, Gibbs has totaled 1,207 career points, averaged 12.1 points per game, converted 216 of 490 3-point field goals (44.1 pct.) and hit 233 of 265 free-throws (87.9 pct).

This past summer, Gibbs led the USA Men’s Basketball team in minutes played (21.8 mpg) and averaged 11.6 ppg, while helping guide the team to a 7-1 record at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China. In 2009, he led the Under-19 USA Basketball Team to a Gold Medal and undefeated 9-0 record at the FIBA World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand

2012 BOB COUSY AWARD FINALISTS (20)

Player

School

Conference

Dee Bost

Mississippi State

SEC

Trey Burke

Michigan

Big Ten

D.J. Cooper

Ohio

MAC

Aaron Craft

Ohio State

Big Ten

Seth Curry

Duke

ACC

Ashton Gibbs

Pittsburgh

Big East

Tu Holloway

Xavier

Atlantic 10

Pierre Jackson

Baylor

Big 12

Scoop Jardine

Syracuse

Big East

Damion Lillard

Weber State

Big Sky

Scott Machado

Iona

MAAC

Kendall Marshall

North Carolina

ACC

Ray McCallum

Detroit

Horizon

Shabazz Napier

UConn

Big East

Phil Pressey

Missouri

Big 12

Zack Rosen

Pennsylvania

Ivy League

Peyton Siva

Louisville

Big East

Jordan Taylor

Wisconsin

Big 10

Erving Walker

Florida

SEC

Casper Ware

Long Beach State

Big West