Pitt senior guard Ashton Gibbs will try out for the USA Basketball team that will participate in the World University Games this summer.
Gibbs, Pitt's leading scorer the past two seasons, will attend the World University Games team training camp, held July 29-August 7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The 12-member team will represent the USA at the 2011 World University Games August 13-23 in Shenzhen, China. The team will be coached by Purdue's Matt Painter.
This is Gibbs' second experience with USA Basketball. In 2009, Gibbs was on the USA Under-19 team that won a gold medal with an undefeated 9-0 record at the FIBA World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand.
Gibbs averaged 9.8 points per game and had 20 assists in that tournament. He started six games and finished with 13 points in the USA's 88-80 gold medal victory over Greece. Pitt's Jamie Dixon coached that team.
Gibbs decided to return for his senior season after testing the NBA waters earlier this spring. He withdrew his name from the draft last month and next season will attempt to set school record for 3-point and free-throw shooting accuracy.
Ray Fittipaldo: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1230. First Published June 6, 2011 7:30 PM