Ashton Gibbs didn't get as much love as he hoped when he put his name into the NBA Draft after the 2010-11 season. He ended up taking his name out of the draft. Pittsburgh Panthers fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief.
Without Gibbs, Jamie Dixon and the Panthers would struggle to score points consistently. He is their primary offensive weapon.
Now that he is back, Pittsburgh has a legitimate shot at competing for the Big East crown, just like every season. Gibbs, named the 2011-12 Big East Preseason Player of the Year, averaged 17 points, three assists and two rebounds per game in 2010-11.
It should be interesting to see if he has improved on some of his skills in the offseason. He has improved on his mid range game since coming in as a freshman, but still struggles to get to the rim.
If he wants to be a contributor in the NBA, Gibbs will need to showcase an ability to get to the basket.