Pitt basketball's Ashton Gibbs to return for senior year

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Pitt junior guard Ashton Gibbs has decided to return to Pitt for his senior season. Gibbs, one of the top 3-point shooters in NCAA Division I, had entered his name in the NBA draft without hiring an agent.

Sunday is the deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the draft. Gibbs worked out for NBA teams at a workout in New Jersey today and made his decision earlier this afternoon.

Gibbs has been a starter the past two seasons and enters his senior season with 1,207 career points. He scored 522 points last season, and with 500 more next season, he'll rank among the school's top 10 scorers of all-time.

Gibbs averaged 16.8 points per game last season while shooting 49 percent from 3-point range, the second-best 3-point percentage in school history. Gibbs was a reserve as a freshman on the team that advanced to the Elite Eight. He became a starter as a sophomore and led the team in scoring, averaging 15.8 points a game. For his efforts, he received the Big East's most improved player award.

This past season, Gibbs was named first-team all-Big East after leading the league in 3-point shooting percentage, 3-point field goals per game and ranking second in free-throw shooting.

Ray Fittipaldo: rfittipaldo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1230.


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