This past winter season, the 6-1 and 175-pounder led the Seton Hall Prep Pirates to another winning season. The Pirates lost in the quarterfinals of the Tournament of Champions to Linden High School, but took home the NJSIAA Non-Public 'A' crown by defeating Christian Brothers Academy 58-42. In the title game, Ashton impressed by scoring 23 points and earning MVP honors. The Class of 2008 recruit started all of his team's 31 games and reports that he averaged 18 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds a contest.
Gibbs' great performances are not going unnoticed by college recruiters. Only a sophomore, Ashton is already hearing from several major programs. He is currently being recruited by Rutgers, Seton Hall, Georgetown as well as Iowa, a team that "just got in the mix". Although he says that has no favorite at this early stage of his recruitment, Gibbs is definitely interested in his state school, Rutgers. He says he has been in contact with Fred Hill Jr. for a while and has nothing but good things to say about the new Scarlet Knights head coach.
"[Fred Hill Jr.] is a great coach and a really cool guy," Gibbs noted. "He was really down to earth when I met him. I had a workout with him and I really learned a lot."
Last year's Star-Ledger New Jersey Freshman of the Year, Gibbs excels on the court by keeping defenders on their heels with his outstanding playmaking ability and solid ball handling. He makes an effort to get his teammates involved in the offense as well. "I want to get my team better and make my teammates better," Gibbs explained. Recently, he has also been working with respected Seton Hall Prep head coach Bob Farrell to improve his game on the defensive side of the ball.
In the summer, Ashton plans on traveling with his AAU team to play in various tournaments across the nation. This weekend, he is scheduled to compete in the prestigious Rumble in the Bronx tournament at Fordham University (Rutgers commit Corey Chandler will be there as well). In addition, Ashton will make a trip out to Las Vegas later in the summer with his team and is also prepared to participate in either the Nike ABCD or Adidas camps.
Gibbs is looking forward to his junior season and expects to have the same success he has experienced his first two years. He wants to continue to improve and work hard on and off the court. As for a goal for the 2006-07 season, he plainly states that: "I just want to win a state championship" and bring home the Tournament of Champions crown.
Just as Ashton has his eye on the TOC title, college coaches and Rutgers fans (and SOR.com) will surely have their eyes on him as he continues to mature as a player and as his recruitment heats up.