Pitt's Gibbs to test NBA draft waters
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Pitt junior Ashton Gibbs is declaring for the NBA draft, but he is not hiring an agent, his father said this morning.
Gibbs, Pitt's leading scorer the past two seasons, would like to see where he stands with NBA teams before making a final decision about leaving Pitt early.
"He's going to test the waters," said Temple Gibbs, Ashton's father. "I think he is doing it to get feedback, where he might fall in the draft, if not for this year then for next year. A lot of kids have this option and go through the process. If he doesn't get the feedback he wants, then he'll definitely be back. He can pull his name back."
Gibbs must file his paperwork with the NBA by April 24. Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said this morning that Gibbs has not yet filed his paperwork with the league.
Dixon said he and Gibbs have discussed the process since Pitt's season ended with a loss to Butler in the NCAA tournament.
"Nothing has been decided for sure," Dixon said.
Dixon did say there is more incentive for players to test the waters this year. NBA teams are allowed to pay for players' travel expenses, a change from previous years. However, the number of teams working out underclassmen is likely to drop because players cannot miss classes to attend workouts. Most workouts for underclassmen likely will take place on weekends, meaning players cannot go from city to city during the week and work out for as many teams.
First Published March 29, 2011 12:03 pm