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Ashton Gibbs Leaving Pitt?

By: Mike Vukovcan
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It looks as though Pitt coach Jamie Dixon is going to have to replace more than Gilbert Brown, Brad Wanamaker and Gary McGhee.

When Pitt guard Ashton Gibbs entered his name into the NBA Draft in late March, most people figured he’d change his mind before the May 8th deadline.

It looks as though those people were wrong.

Gibbs spoke with CBSSports.com and tells them that he is 100 percent staying in the draft.

Gibbs told Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports that, “When I entered the draft, I entered to get drafted. I feel like I can play on that level and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Gibbs averaged 16.8 points and 2.8 assists last season for Pitt. The strength of his game is outside game, shooting 49 percent from 3-point range.

No mock draft has Gibbs getting drafted in the 1st or 2nd rounds.

I think Gibbs is aware of his draft status. I’ve heard that his immediate plan would be to play in Europe or the NBA Development league, where he’d get paid.

The deadline for pulling your name from the draft is May 8th.

Once again, CBSSports.com is reporting that Gibbs is leaving Pitt.

If he ends up leaving, who will be the 5 starters for Pitt next season?

Here would be my starting five w/out Gibbs:

PG: Travon Woodall
SG: Lamar Patterson
C: Khem Birch
PF: Dante Taylor
SF: J.J. Moore

Bench: Nasir Robinson, Talib Zanna, Cam Wright, Isaiah Epps, Durand Johnson, Malcolm Gilbert

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