Even two years later, the man can still shoot the lights out.
Right after I got to chat with Ashton Gibbs and told him to keep me updated on his season, the former Honorable Mention All-American point guard texted me the following:
"Had 30 and 7 assists the other day btw"
Despite being on the other side of the globe, Gibbs has grown to love the atmosphere and culture everywhere he's played since that 71-65 victory against Washington State, which brought the 2012 College Basketball Invitational title to a fan base full of mixed emotions. Ashton's numbers from that game?
0 points. 0 assists. 0 rebounds.
An ankle injury had sidelined the Panthers' star only two games earlier. The leading scorer in that game was then Sophomore forward Lamar Patterson with 16, who also recorded 5 assists and 8 boards.
But that didn't represent the numbers he provided in his time at Pitt, and wouldn't slow him down in the slightest. Gibbs shot almost 50% from the field (while hitting 102 of 208 from 3pt) his Junior year, and was averaging 14.6 buckets per contest in his final year playing for Jamie Dixon.
Now, the three-point specialist says he's enjoying hummus and passing more in other continents.
Take a listen to our conversation, and get a sense of why playing outside of the United States is more desirable than one might think.