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Prospect Profile

Ashton Gibbs

  • Full Name: Ashton Gibbs
  • Position: Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-1 / 190
  • Birthdate: January 19, 1990
  • College: Pittsburgh

Strengths:
*Very good shooter
*Attacking mentality
*Understands the game
*Good passer
*Good work ethic
*Good free-throw shooter
 
Weaknesses:
*Size
*Not an elite-level athlete
*Point guard is not his forte
 
NBA projection:
Gibbs played in the Portsmouth Invitational and made the all-tournament team after leading all players in scoring (19.7 ppg in three games). He was able to once again show NBA scouts how good a shooter he can be, finishing third in the tournament in field-goal percentage (.607) and 3-point percentage (.500). He was also seventh in assists (4.6 apg). He hasn’t been projected as a draft pick, so he’ll have to continue to impress NBA teams in individual workouts.
 
2011-12 Season:
Gibbs was the Big East’s preseason player of the year, but his season didn’t turn out like anyone planned because Pitt’s season didn’t turn out like anyone planned. An injury to point guard Travon Woodall forced Gibbs to move back to the point. Without Woodall, Pitt struggled, and Gibbs’ offensive game was affected. He shot a career low .382 from the field and .345 from 3-point range because a lot of defensive attention was focused on him.
 
Key statistics:
14.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.6 tpg, 0.5 spg, 34.3 mpg, .382 FG, .345 3PT, .855 FT
 
Cool statistic:
Gibbs is Pittsburgh’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made (297) and attempted (725). He shot 41 percent from behind the arc for his career.
 
Reminds me of:
Derek Fisher
 
What Insiders Say:
Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon
"Shooters are made," Dixon told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "If you look at what Ashton does, it's consistent. Same release, same form, whether he's shooting by himself on that court, whether he's in drills with us, whether he's in a game. And it comes through hours and years of repetition and work. It's muscle memory. It's focus."
 
What outsiders Say:
Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin
“I had an opportunity to coach Ashton in the world University Games. He does a really good job of coming off screens, catching and shooting, putting the ball on the floor and attacking. He’s a tough matchup because he’s constantly moving and they’re constantly setting screens to get him open.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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