Pitt’s Gibbs Talks About Big East Preseason Player of the Year Honors; UConn, Syracuse Tie for 1st Place in Poll
NEW YORK — Pittsburgh guard Ashton Gibbs was named the 2011-12 Big East Preseason Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s head men’s basketball coaches. It is the fifth time in league history that a Pittsburgh player has captured Big East Preseason Player of the Year honors.
Connecticut freshman center Andre Drummond was chosen Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.
Gibbs is a 6-2 senior who was an All-Big East First Team selection last year. He led the Panthers in scoring with a 16.8 average. He was first in the league in 3-point shooting, making 49 percent, and second in free throw shooting, hitting at an 88.9-percent clip. A native of Scotch Plains, N.J., Gibbs enters the season third on the Big East career list in 3-point shooting percentage at 45.4 percent.