A West Orange, N.J. native, Gibbs led the Big East Conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.439) and averaged 4.3 points in 35 games played as a freshman in 2008-09. The sophomore guard reached double figure scoring in six games, hit at least one 3-pointer in 19 contests and converted three or more 3-pointers in six games on the year.
Taylor will enter his freshman year at Pitt in September. In February, he became the fifth signee in school history to earn McDonald’s High School All-America accolades after averaging 23.8 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots per game as a senior at National Christian Academy (Md.). Originally from Greenburgh, N.Y., Taylor also shot 65 percent from the floor, registered 23 double-doubles and scored 30-plus points in eight different contests last year.
In addition to Gibbs and Taylor, the 2009 USA Men’s Under-19 World Championship Team Trials roster includes: Kenny Boynton (Florida / Pompano Beach, Fla.), Darryl Bryant (West Virginia / Brooklyn, N.Y.), DeAngelo Casto (Washington State / Spokane, Wash.), Seth Curry (Duke / Charlotte, N.C.), Drew Gordon (UCLA / San Jose, Calif.), Gordon Hayward (Butler / Brownsburg, Ind.), Shelvin Mack (Butler / Lexington, Ky.), Darius Miller (Kentucky / Maysville, Ky.), Arnett Moultrie (UTEP / Memphis, Tenn.), Ralph Sampson III (Minnesota / Duluth, Ga.), John Shurna (Northwestern / Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas / Jersey City, N.J.), Howard Thompkins (Georgia / Lithonia, Ga.), Klay Thompson (Washington State / Ladera Ranch, Calif.) and Terrico White (Mississippi / Memphis, Tenn.).
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