Road To The 2012 NBA Draft For Ashton Gibbs And Nasir Robinson

Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson could both be playing in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Pitt's hopes of getting a player drafted in the NBA this year are admittedly not very strong. Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson had good careers at Pitt, but both have their issues.

Gibbs had an outstanding junior season - so much so that he was voted as the preseason Big East Player of the Year. But he struggled miserably this year and his stock has fallen a bunch since a year ago. Robinson is a gritty college player who could outwork taller power forwards, but at 6'5", won't be able to do that in the NBA. He doesn't shoot well enough to play small forward and is the typical Pitt player without a true position int he pros.

That doesn't mean that both won't try and their road might begin with the famous/infamous Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

The PIT is a collaboration of, let's be honest, midcarders. But it's a good way to get noticed if you're not invited to one of the main camps. Last year, Pitt sent three players to the event and this year, both Gibbs and Nas could get invited.

A project, though, has only Gibbs in the field for now. Gibbs may get more notoriety as Pitt's leading scorer and through his play last season, but really didn't have a great year. I said it earlier, but Robinson was my team MVP this season. But Gibbs is more believable as a true NBA prospect and for that reason, he'll probably get more consideration for the PIT, which tips off in a few weeks.

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