March 7, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I.— University of Pittsburgh sophomore guard Ashton Gibbs (Scotch Plains, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) was named to the All-Big East Second Team on Sunday following a vote of the league’s 16 head coaches. Gibbs is one of only two sophomores who earned either All-Big East First or Second Team accolades (Georgetown’s Greg Monroe is the other). With Gibbs’ selection, Pitt has now had at least one All-Big East First or Second Team honoree in each of the last 10 seasons.
Gibbs is a candidate for the Big East Most Improved Player Award as his 11.9 points per game increase over his freshman season (16.2 ppg. in 2009-10 from 4.3 ppg. in 2008-09) ranks among national leaders and rates as the second highest yearly scoring jump in school history. Pitt’s Larry Harris increased his scoring 15.0 points per game from 1974-75 season to 1975-76.
Gibbs is known for his clutch shooting. He dribbled down court and swished a 30-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer to defeat Providence on March 4 and his 3-pointer with 26 seconds to go against West Virginia forced overtime. Pitt ended up winning the game, 98-95, in three overtimes.
A Bob Cousy Award candidate, Gibbs leads the Panthers in scoring (16.2 ppg.), minutes played (1086), 3-point field goals (74), 3-point field goal percentage (40.4) and free throw percentage (89.0). He leads the Big East in free throw percentage and also ranks among Big East statistical leaders in scoring (12th), 3-point field goals made (4th) and 3-point field goal percentage (10th). Gibbs has scored over 20 points 11 times, reached double figure scoring in 27 of 31 games and hit at least six 3-pointers four times on the year (Providence, West Virginia, Syracuse and Binghamton).
Gibbs also set or tied two school records for free throw shooting. His 46 consecutive free throws made earlier in the year established a new school record and his perfect 14-14 performance tied a school record for best percentage in a game.
He was named Big East Player of the Week on Jan. 4 after averaging 23.5 points in Pitt’s two wins over DePaul and Syracuse.
No. 2 seeded Pitt (24-7, 13-5) opens Big East Championship competition on Thursday at 7 p.m., when it will play one of three different opponents in quarterfinal action: Notre Dame, Providence or Seton Hall. The contest will be nationally televised on ESPN.
2009-10 All-BIG EAST MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAMS
ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM
Greg Monroe, Georgetown, C, So., 6-11, 247, New Orleans, La.
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-8, 255, Schererville, Ind.
Dominique Jones, USF, G, Jr., 6-4, 205, Lake Wales, Fla.
Wes Johnson, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-7, 205, Corsicana, Texas
Scottie Reynolds, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-2, 190, Herndon, Va. *
Da’Sean Butler, West Virginia, F, Sr., 6-7, 225, Newark, N.J.
ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM
Austin Freeman, Georgetown, G, Jr., 6-4, 237, Mitchelville, Md.
Lazar Hayward, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-6, 225, Buffalo, N.Y.
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh, G, So., 6-2, 190, Scotch Plains, N.J.
Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall, G, Jr., 6-5, 185, Bronx, N.Y.
Andy Rautins, Syracuse, G, Sr., 6-5, 195, Jamesville, N.Y.
ALL-BIG EAST THIRD TEAM
Jerome Dyson, Connecticut, G, Sr., 6-3, 190, Potomac, Md.
Kemba Walker, Connecticut, G, So., 6-1, 172, Bronx, N.Y.
Samardo Samuels, Louisville, F, So., 6-9, 260, Trelawny, Jamaica
Corey Fisher, Villanova, G, Jr., 6-1, 200, Bronx, N.Y.
Devin Ebanks, West Virginia, F, So., 6-9, 210, Long Island City, N.Y.
BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION
Jimmy Butler, Marquette, F, Jr., 6-6, 215, Tomball, Texas
Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame, F, Jr., 6-8, 232, Unionville, Conn.
Jamine Peterson, Providence, F, So., 6-6, 230, Brooklyn, N.Y.
BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati, G, Fr., 6-5, 210, Brooklyn, N.Y. *
Alex Oriakhi, Connecticut, F/C, Fr., 6-9, 240, Lowell, Mass.
Vincent Council, Providence, G, Fr., 6-2, 180, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Dane Miller, Rutgers, F, Fr., 6-7, 210, Henrietta, N.Y. *
Brandon Triche, Syracuse, G, Fr., 6-4, 198, Jamesville, N.Y.
Maalik Wayns, Villanova, G, Fr., 6-1, 185, Philadelphia, Pa.
* unanimous selection