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Ashton Gibbs Named to USA Basketball World University Games Team




Aug. 4, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—University of Pittsburgh senior guard Ashton Gibbs has been named to the USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team, the organization announced late Wednesday evening. Gibbs is one of 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2011 World University Games, which will be held August 13-23 in Shenzhen, China. He is one of four players on the roster with previous USA Basketball international experience.

For more information, see: www.usabasketball.com.

Coached by Purdue’s Matt Painter and assistants Cuonzo Martin (Tennessee) and Brad Stevens (Butler), the squad will remain at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for two-day practices until it departs for China on August 8. The USA will play an exhibition contest against New Century, a Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) professional team, in Huizhou, China, on Aug. 11, before USA opens World University Games play on Aug. 13.

In all, 24 countries will compete in the international competition. The USA has been slotted into Pool D, along with Finland, Hungary, Israel, Mexico and South Korea. The red, white and blue will open play against Mexico at 6 p.m. on Aug. 13 (all times listed are China Standard Time, which is +12 hours from Eastern Time) and will then play Hungary at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 14; South Korea at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 15; Finland at 6 p.m. on Aug. 17; and Israel at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 18.

Following the preliminary round, the top two placed teams from each pool will advance to the medal quarterfinals, which will be contested on Aug. 20. The semifinals are scheduled for Aug. 21, and the finals will be played on Aug. 22 (see schedule below).


 

 

Listed on the roster are: Tim Abromaitis (Notre Dame/Unionville, Conn.); Marcus Denmon (Missouri/Kansas City, Mo.); Gibbs (Pittsburgh/Scotch Plains, N.J.); Draymond Green (Michigan State/Saginaw, Mich.); JaMychal Green (Alabama/Montgomery, Ala.); Scoop Jardine (Syracuse/ Philadelphia, Pa.); John Jenkins (Vanderbilt/ Hendersonville, Tenn.); Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara/Seaside, Calif.); Greg Mangano (Yale/Orange, Conn.); Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota/ St. Paul, Minn.); Ray McCallum (Detroit Mercy/Beverly Hills, Mich.); and Darius Miller (Kentucky/Maysville, Ky.).

The tour to China marks 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 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.

USA BASKETBALL WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES SCHEDULE

August 13-23, Shenzhen, China

See entire training schedule: http://www.usabasketball.com/mens/worlduniversity/schedule.html

Date

Opponent

Location

*Time

August 11

vs. New Century (Exh.)

Huizhou, China

*7:30 p.m. China Time

August 13

vs. Mexico

Shenzhen, China

*6 p.m. China Time

August 14

vs. Hungary

Shenzhen, China

*3:30 p.m. China Time

August 15

vs. South Korea

Shenzhen, China

*3:30 p.m. China Time

August 17

vs. Finland

Shenzhen, China

*6 p.m. China Time

August 18

vs. Israel

Shenzhen, China

*3:30 p.m. China Time

August 20

Quarterfinals

Shenzhen, China/TBA

*TBA

August 21

Semifinals

Shenzhen, China/TBA

*TBA

August 22

Finals

Shenzhen, China/TBA

*TBA

*all times listed are China Standard Time, which is +12 hours from Eastern Time)

 

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