Gibbs An All-Conference Pick

Pitt sophomore guard Ashton Gibbs (Scotch Plains, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) was named to the All-Big East Second Team Sunday following a vote by the Conference's 16 head coaches.

Pittsburgh has now had at least one All-Big East First- or Second-Team honoree for 10 straight seasons. Ashton Gibbs Georgetown's Greg Monroe are the only second-year players on the first and second teams.

Gibbs also is a candidate for the Big East's Most-Improved Player Award, as his 11.9 points per game increase from his freshman season (16.2 points per game as opposed to 4.3 as a freshman last season) ranks among national leaders and rates as the second-highest yearly scoring jump in school history.

Other Panthers up for Conference awards are Jamie Dixon for Coach of the Year and redshirt junior forward Gilbert Brown as the top sixth man.

Pitt's Larry Harris increased his scoring 15.0 points per game from 1974-75 season to 1975-76. Gibbs clearly is the Panthers' best shooter, and 30-foot 3-point bomb to beat Providence Thursday night was as clutch as it gets. Gibbs also drilled a 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining to force overtime against West Virginia a couple weeks ago. Pitt won that game in three overtimes.

A Bob Cousy Award candidate, Gibbs leads the Panthers in scoring (16.2 points per game), minutes played (1,086), 3-point field goals (74), 3-point field-goal percentage (40.4) and free-throw percentage (89.0). He leads the Big East in free-throw percentage and also ranks among Big East statistical leaders in scoring (12th), 3-point field goals made (fourth) and 3-point field goal percentage (10th).

Gibbs has scored better than 20 points 11 times, reached double-figure scoring in 27 of 31 games and hit at least six 3-pointers four times this season. He accomplished that feat against Providence, West Virginia, Syracuse and Binghamton.

Gibbs also set or tied two school records for free-throw shooting. His 46 consecutive free throws made earlier in the year established a school record, and his perfect 14-for-14 performance tied a school record for best percentage in a game. He was named Big East Player of the Week on Jan. 4 after averaging 23.5 points in Pitt's two wins over DePaul and Syracuse.

No. 2-seeded Pitt (24-7, 13-5) opens Big East Tournament competition Thursday at 7 p.m. The Panthers get either Notre Dame, Providence or Seton Hall. The Irish face the winner between the other two teams Wednesday night. Both games are nationally televised by ESPN.

2009-10 All-BIG EAST MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAMS

ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM

Greg Monroe, Georgetown, C, So., 6-11, 247, New Orleans, La.

Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-8, 255, Schererville, Ind.

Dominique Jones, USF, G, Jr., 6-4, 205, Lake Wales, Fla.

Wes Johnson, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-7, 205, Corsicana, Texas

Scottie Reynolds, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-2, 190, Herndon, Va. *

Da'Sean Butler, West Virginia, F, Sr., 6-7, 225, Newark, N.J.

ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM

Austin Freeman, Georgetown, G, Jr., 6-4, 237, Mitchelville, Md.

Lazar Hayward, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-6, 225, Buffalo, N.Y.

Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh, G, So., 6-2, 190, Scotch Plains, N.J.

Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall, G, Jr., 6-5, 185, Bronx, N.Y.

Andy Rautins, Syracuse, G, Sr., 6-5, 195, Jamesville, N.Y.

ALL-BIG EAST THIRD TEAM

Jerome Dyson, Connecticut, G, Sr., 6-3, 190, Potomac, Md.

Kemba Walker, Connecticut, G, So., 6-1, 172, Bronx, N.Y.

Samardo Samuels, Louisville, F, So., 6-9, 260, Trelawny, Jamaica

Corey Fisher, Villanova, G, Jr., 6-1, 200, Bronx, N.Y.

Devin Ebanks, West Virginia, F, So., 6-9, 210, Long Island City, N.Y.

BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION

Jimmy Butler, Marquette, F, Jr., 6-6, 215, Tomball, Texas

Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame, F, Jr., 6-8, 232, Unionville, Conn.

Jamine Peterson, Providence, F, So., 6-6, 230, Brooklyn, N.Y.

BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati, G, Fr., 6-5, 210, Brooklyn, N.Y. *

Alex Oriakhi, Connecticut, F/C, Fr., 6-9, 240, Lowell, Mass.

Vincent Council, Providence, G, Fr., 6-2, 180, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Dane Miller, Rutgers, F, Fr., 6-7, 210, Henrietta, N.Y. *

Brandon Triche, Syracuse, G, Fr., 6-4, 198, Jamesville, N.Y.

Maalik Wayns, Villanova, G, Fr., 6-1, 185, Philadelphia, Pa.

* unanimous selection

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