March 6, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Two Pitt basketball players—junior guard Ashton Gibbs (Scotch Plains, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and senior guard Brad Wanamaker (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic H.S.) both earned All-Big East honors on Sunday following a vote of the league’s 16 head coaches. Gibbs was one of six players named to the First Team, while Wanamaker earned Second Team honors. With the duo’s selection, Pitt has now had at least one All-Big East First or Second Team honoree in each of the last 11 seasons.
Gibbs becomes just the ninth player in school history to earn All-Big East First Team honors. A Wooden Award All-America Team finalist, Gibbs is one of the best shooters in the nation. He leads the Panthers in scoring (16.4 ppg.), 3-point field goals made (89), 3-point field goal percentage (46.6) and free throw percentage (89.5). In addition, he tops the Big East Conference in three statistical categories: free throw percentage, 3-point field goals made and 3-field goal percentage and also ranks among league leaders in scoring (6th). On the year, Gibbs has scored over 20 points 10 times, reached double figure scoring in 23 of his 28 games played and hit at least three 3-pointers 19 times. A Second Team All-Big East selection last year, Gibbs was named Big East Player of the Week on Nov. 22.
A Wooden Award and Naismith Award finalist, Wanamaker has proved to be one of the nation’s top all-around players. He leads the Panthers in minutes played (934), free throws made (105), assists (160), assist:turnover ratio (2.29) and steals (48) and ranks second in scoring (11.9 ppg.), rebounding (5.3 rpg.) and field goals made (124). Wanamaker also ranks among league leaders in scoring (28th), assists (4th), steals (11th) and assist:turnover ratio (3rd). His career milestones accomplished this season are proof of his all-around excellence as he became one of only two players in school history to register over 1,000 points, grab 500 rebounds and dish out 400 assists in a career and one of only three players in school history to average over 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in two different seasons. On the year, Wanamaker has registered two double-doubles, scored over 20 points three times and reached double figure scoring in 19 of 31 games.
Big East regular season champion and No. 1 seeded Pitt (27-4, 15-3) opens Big East Championship competition on Thursday at Noon against either DePaul, Connecticut or Georgetown. The contest will be nationally televised on ESPN.
2010-11 All-BIG EAST MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAMS
ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM
Kemba Walker, Connecticut, G, Jr., 6-1, 172, Bronx, N.Y.
Austin Freeman, Georgetown, G, Sr., 6-3.5, 227, Mitchellville, Md.
*Ben Hansbrough, Notre Dame, G, Sr., 6-3, 206, Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh, G, Jr., 6-2, 190, Scotch Plains, N.J.
Marshon Brooks, Providence, G-F, Sr., 6-5, 200, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Dwight Hardy, St. John’s, G, Sr., 6-2, 195, Bronx, N.Y.
ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM
Preston Knowles, Louisville, G, 6-1, 190, Winchester, Ky.
Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette, G, Jr., 6-2, 215, Raleigh, N.C.
Brad Wanamaker, Pittsburgh, G, Sr., 6-4, 210, Philadelphia, Pa.
Rick Jackson, Syracuse, F, Sr., 6-9, 240, Philadelphia, Pa.
Corey Fisher, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-1, 200, Bronx, N.Y.
ALL-BIG EAST THIRD TEAM
Chris Wright, Georgetown, G, Sr., 6-1, 208, Washington, D.C.
Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-8, 235, Unionville, Ct.
Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall, G, Sr., 6-5, 188, Bronx, N.Y.
Kris Joseph, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-7, 207, Montreal, Quebec
Corey Stokes, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-5, 220, Bayonne, N.J.
BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION
Peyton Siva, Louisville, G, So., 5-11, 180, Seattle, Wash.
Jimmy Butler, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-7, 220, Tomball, Texas
Scoop Jardine, Syracuse, G, So., 6-2, 190, Philadelphia, Pa.
Kevin Jones, West Virginia, F, Jr., 6-8, 255, Mount Vernon, N.Y.
BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, G, Fr., 6-4, 215, White Plains, N.Y.
Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut, G-F, 6-5, 185, Norcross, Ga.
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, G, Fr., 6-0, 170, Randolph, Mass.
*Cleveland Melvin, DePaul, F, Fr., 6-8, 210, Baltimore, Md.
Brandon Young, DePaul, G, Fr., 6-3, 175, Washington, D.C.
Gilvydas Biruta, Rutgers, F, Fr., 6-8, 230, Jonava, Lithuania
*denotes unanimous selection