Oct. 3, 2011
PITTSBURGH – University of Pittsburgh senior guard Ashton Gibbs was selected as one of 50 preseason men’s basketball All-America candidates Thursday by the John R. Wooden Award committee.
The top-50 candidates were selected by a preseason poll based on last year’s individual performance and team records. The Wooden Award committee will release its Midseason Top-30 on CBS Sports in mid-January. The list will be narrowed to a 10-player Wooden All-America Team announced in March of 2012. One member of the All-America Team will be selected in April as the Wooden Award Trophy recipient given to the nation’s “Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year.”
Gibbs, who is a second year Wooden nominee, also enters his senior season as a Naismith Award nominee. He has garnered several preseason honors and nominations including Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, Lindy’s Big East Player of the Year, Athlon Big East Player of the Year, Sporting News All-America Third Team and a Dick Vitale First-Team All-America (Solid Gold).
As a junior, Gibbs earned All-Big East First Team honors and was named as 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.
For more information on the Wooden Award, visit its website, www.WoodenAward.com.