PITTSBURGH PA - DECEMBER 27: Ashton Gibbs #12 of the Pittsburgh Panthers looks to make a pass against the Connecticut Huskies at Petersen Events Center on December 27 2010 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh defeated Connecticut 78-64. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

NBA Draft 2012: Kevin Jones, Ashton Gibbs Shut Out

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2012 NBA Draft: Ashton Gibbs Could Land In Brooklyn

Thursday night's 2012 NBA Draft saw no players from the Pitt Panthers program selected. Point guard Ashton Gibbs was the most likely candidate, but unfortunately, he didn't have an opportunity to hear his name called in either the first or second rounds.

Going undrafted makes him a free agent, but Gibbs reportedly has an offer to play for the newly-minted Brooklyn Nets according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Former Pitt guard Ashton Gibbs, who wasn't selected in Thursday's NBA Draft, said he received an offer to play for the Brooklyn Nets' summer league team but is mulling other opportunities.

A senior, Gibbs is the all-time leader in three-point shooting at Pitt. He averaged 12.8 points and 1.9 assists per game in his college basketball career.

For more on the draft and where the two might end up, stay tuned to this Storystream. You can also follow Pitt basketball at SB Nation Pitt blog Cardiac Hill.


2012 NBA Draft: Local Players Kevin Jones And Ashton Gibbs Shut Out

When the NBA Draft concluded, all of the local players from area colleges were left on the outside looking in.

For a player like Pitt's Ashton Gibbs, it wasn't a huge surprise that he wasn't selected. Gibbs had failed to show up in nearly every mock draft. He was a fringe draft player last season after an outstanding year, so when he struggled through a mediocre one as a senior, it really comes as little surprise that his stock fell.

But for West Virginia's Kevin Jones, the night was surely a disappointment. Jones was projected as at least a second round pick by most mock drafts and to not be taken at all had to be a bit of a surprise.

Still, both players will have a chance now as undrafted free agents and can catch on with a team's summer league roster.

For more on the draft and where the two might end up, stay tuned to this Storystream. You can also follow Pitt basketball at SB Nation Pitt blog Cardiac Hill and West Virginia hoops at The Smoking Musket.


2012 NBA Draft Update: Kevin Jones' First-Round Guarantee Falls By Wayside

Kevin Jones' agent said he had a guarantee from a team that promised to select his client if he slid to them in the first round of the NBA Draft. That vow apparently wasn't all that serious as Jones was not picked and remains on the board in the second round.

That shouldn't be a huge surprise as those types of guarantees have come and gone before. Still, for Jones, the situation has to be at least somewhat disappointing as he surely was hoping he could move into the first round where the money is better.

Jones remains the local player with the best chance of being selected. He was the best player in the Big East last season and is a versatile forward that should draw the interest of somebody.

For more on the NBA Draft, Jones, and the other local players hoping to be selected, check back with this Storystream through the second round.


2012 NBA Draft: Kentucky Teammates Anthony Davis And Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Go One, Two To New Orleans Hornets And Charlotte Bobcats

The NBA Draft has kicked off and, as expected, Anthony Davis of the Kentucky Wildcats went No. 1 overall to the New Orleans Hornets.

Davis almost immediately will become the new face of the franchise. Since Chris Paul was traded last year, the Hornets have struggled. Further forcing Davis to the forefront is the fact that the team recently unloaded center Emeka Okafor.

Ever since Davis announced his intentions to leave school early and enter the draft, it was assumed he would be the top pick. Now that that's happened, he can begin the long road to becoming an impact player.

Davis' Kentucky teammate, Michael Kidd-Gilcrhist, went No. 2 to the Charlotte Bobcats. There was talk of the team trading the pick, but that did not happen and they used it to select the freshman.

For more on the draft, stay tuned to this Storystream as we'll be following the event throughout the night.


2012 NBA Draft: Does Kevin Jones Have First-Round Guarantee?

Kevin Jones is the most likely of the area's players to be taken in the NBA Draft on Thursday, and now there's word that he may be a guaranteed first-round selection.

His agent says that a team has guaranteed they will take Jones if he falls to them, but he's also not believing it until he sees it:

"A team in the first round has committed to him," agent Bill Neff told SNY.tv. "The question is, what does that mean? I never trust anything other than what happens on draft night.

"He’ll get drafted," Neff added. "It’s either them in the first or early second."

Jones' agent, of course, is right. Teams have reportedly guaranteed they'd draft players before only to find reasons to pass on them. Jones' monster season may have put him in good position for a first-round pick, but plenty of mock drafts are still projecting him in the second.

Regardless of what happens, though, Jones should definitely be taken at some point Thursday night.

For more on West Virginia basketball, check out The Smoking Musket.


2012 NBA Draft: Pitt's Ashton Gibbs Second-Round Pick, According To Mock Draft

Ashton Gibbs appears to be a long shot to be selected in Thursday night's NBA Draft and he hasn't shown up in many mock drafts.

But one site, HoopsWorld.com, predicts Gibbs will be taken. HoopsWorld has Gibbs being selected 57th overall by the Brooklyn Nets. That's cutting it close, obviously, since there are only a total of 60 picks.

Mock drafts are always a crap shoot, but if Gibbs did end up being taken by the Nets, it wouldn't be a huge surprise. He previously attended their pre-draft camp and displayed his skills.

The fact that Gibbs isn't showing up in most mock drafts, though, might be a good indicator that he won't be picked. But either way, Gibbs will have a good chance of ending up in some team's summer camp where he'll get the chance to fight it out for a roster spot as an undrafted free agent.

For more on Gibbs and Pitt basketball, check out SB Nation's Pitt blog, Cardiac Hill.

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