Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Gibbs Visits Pitt

Pittsburgh’s Ashton Gibbs was one of the more impressive players at this summer’s U-19 Championships in New Zealand, and could be a starter in the Panther backcourt this coming season.

But could there be another – potentially better – Gibbs running the show for a Big East program in a couple of years? Ashton’s brother, Sterling Gibbs, is a prime target for Big East schools, as well as some national powers.

The 6-foot class of 2011 prospect took an unofficial visit to big brother’s school this past weekend, and liked what he saw.

“I’ve been there a couple times for games and classes,” the younger Gibbs said. “The visit went real well; me and my family got a chance to sit down with all the coaches and talk. I got to experience the college life and hang out with the guys.”

However, Gibbs did say that Ashton being at Pittsburgh isn’t at the forefront of his mind when it comes to making a decision, as they would only have one year together.

“I don’t think it will be a big factor because me and Ashton have different games,” Gibbs said. “But him being there will also help me get through some freshman difficulties because he’s been through it already.”

Gibbs has a litany of schools under consideration for his services.

“The schools that have offered are St. John’sSeton HallRutgersPittDePaul, Maryland and Indiana,” he said. “Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Duke and Providence are also in the mix.”

Gibbs attended the Duke Elite Camp recently, and also visited Seton Hall earlier this month.

“I plan on visiting St. John’s this week, Maryland on September 11th and we’re working on other visits now,” he said.

Despite indications in the past that Gibbs’ leader was Villanova, he insists that there is no one at the front of the pack currently.

Villanova is in the mix,” he said. “I am looking to see what they end up doing as far as the 2010 class.

“Right now I don’t have any favorites,” he added. “All of the schools are equal right now.

A report earlier in July said that there was a chance Gibbs would be making his decision before the end of the summer. However, he seems to indicate that a choice won’t be coming in the near future.

“I’m not even sure,” Gibbs said when asked about a timetable for a decision. “I plan on taking my time through the process and if the right decision comes up then I will make my decision.”

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