Pitt Basketball: Coaches Discuss Ashton Gibbs, Wooden Nominees

Will Gibbs be driving to the basket more in 2011-12? (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Last week, Jonathan mentioned briefly that Ashton Gibbs was named as a candidate for the 2011-12 Wooden Award given to the top player in college basketball. ESPN's Andy Katz has an article up quoting coaches (anonymously) on each of the 50 players nominated.

Here's what one of the coaches said about Gibbs ...

About the Pitt guard:

"He's a great shooter. With Brad Wanamaker gone, he'll have the ball in his hands even more. He won't be just a receiver. He'll be much more of a playmaker. One of the most underrated players in the country."

Interesting to see how much of a playmaker he becomes. Gibbs will have a much better shot at getting a look in the NBA if he can prove he can play the point. I'd never say that Gibbs couldn't do anything, but on paper, he lacks the ideal size to adequately defend taller guards in the pros. So if he can become a scoring point guard in the pros (and he's been able to do that in college, obviously, he should be an attractive option for a second-round (or maybe even late first-round) draft pick.

I've said for a long time that I want Jamie Dixon to play Gibbs at the two, which is really his best position offensively. But he's done a good job at point guard and if he wants to get some more work in there to help prepare him for the NBA, I think Pitt owes him that. i wouldn't keep him there to the detriment of the team, but I've got no problem with him playing there partially this season.

Even if he plays shooting guard this season, Gibbs can still improve his stock by taking defenders off the dribble rather than 'settling' for jumpers (and, trust me, it's hard to say he settles for shooting jump shots when he's hitting 47% of his field goal attempts). Should be interesting to see how much, if any, Gibbs' game changes this season.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cardiac Hill

You must be a member of Cardiac Hill to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cardiac Hill. You should read them.

Join Cardiac Hill

You must be a member of Cardiac Hill to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cardiac Hill. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker