June 8, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Two University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball players—junior Ashton Gibbs and redshirt freshman Cameron Wright—have been named to various USA Basketball Team trials rosters, the organization announced on Wednesday.
Gibbs will attend the World University Games Team training camp, held July 29-August 7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The 12-member team will represent the USA at the 2011 World University Games August 13-23 in Shenzhen, China. The team will be coached by Purdue’s Matt Painter.
Wright, who redshirted the 2010-11 season at Pitt, will audition for the Under-19 USA team that will play in the 2011 FIBA World Championship. Training camp for the selected finalists will take place June 17-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The official 12-member USA roster will be announced June 24 with the 2011 FIBA Under-19 World Championships running from June 30-July 10 in Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga Latvia. The team will be coached by George Mason’s Paul Hewitt. More information is available at www.usabasketball.com.
This could be Gibbs’ second stint with the USA Basketball program. In 2009, Gibbs helped lead the USA Under-19 team to a Gold Medal and an undefeated 9-0 record at the FIBA World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. Gibbs averaged 9.8 points, dished out 20 assists and led the team in both minutes played (202) and minutes per game (22.4). He started six games and finished with 13 points in the USA’s 88-80 Gold Medal victory over Greece. Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon guided the Americans to the championship, capturing its first Under-19 title in 18 years.
As one of the nation’s top shooters and scorers in 2010-11, Gibbs earned AP All-America honorable mention, USBWA and NABC All-District honors while becoming just the ninth player in school history to be selected to the All-Big East First Team. He ranked third among NCAA Division I leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (49.0 percent), fifth in 3-point field goals made per game (3.3) and 18th in free throw percentage (88.9 percent). He also led the Panthers in scoring for the second straight season (16.8 ppg.) and also set a Pitt season record for 3-point field goals made (102). As a sophomore in 2009-10, Gibbs was named the Big East Most Improved Player, earned Second Team All-Big East honors and was a Bob Cousy Award finalist.
A two-time Big East Academic All-Star, Gibbs will enter his senior season ranked among Pitt’s career leaders in scoring (1,207 points, 23rd), 3-point field goals made (216, 4th), 3-point field goal percentage (44.1 percent, 2nd) and free throw percentage (87.9 percent, 2nd). In 100 career games played and 64 starts, he has averaged 12.1 points, scored 20 or more points 23 times and converted at least three 3-pointers in 43 games.
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