Pitt sophomore guard Ashton Gibbs, one of the most improved players in the Big East this season, has earned second-team all-conference honors today.
The 6-foot-2 Gibbs is averaging a team-best 16.2 points per game and also leads the Panthers in minutes played (1086), 3-point field goals (74), 3-point field goal percentage (40.4) and free throw percentage (89.0).
Gibbs was the only Panther among 19 conference players to gain all-Big East honors. This is the first time since 2003-04 that Pitt wasn’t represented with a first-team all-Big East honor.
Da’Sean Butler (17.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg) of West Virginia earned first-team recognition and teammate Devin Ebanks is on the third team. Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds was the only player to earn unanimous first-team honors and Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody was named first-team all-Big East for the third year in a row.
The conference will announce Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Scholar-Athlete on Tuesday. The other individual awards – Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved, Sixth man and Sportsmanship — will be announced Monday.
No. 17 Pitt (24-7, 13-5), coming off an 83-54 victory over Rutgers, will enter the Big East Tournament as the No. 2 seed. Depending on the result of Wednesday’s second-round game, the Panthers will play either No. 7 seed Notre Dame, No. 10 seed Seton Hall or No. 15 seed Providence, at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden.
Here are the complete teams.
All-Big East first team
Greg Monroe, Georgetown, C, So., 6-11, 247, New Orleans, La.
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-8, 255, Schererville, Ind.
Dominique Jones, USF, G, Jr., 6-4, 205, Lake Wales, Fla.
Wes Johnson, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-7, 205, Corsicana, Texas
*Scottie Reynolds, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-2, 190, Herndon, Va.
Da’Sean Butler, West Virginia, F, Sr., 6-7, 225, Newark, N.J.
All-Big East second team
Austin Freeman, Georgetown, G, Jr., 6-4, 237, Mitchelville, Md.
Lazar Hayward, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-6, 225, Buffalo, N.Y.
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh, G, So., 6-2, 190, Scotch Plains, N.J.
Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall, G, Jr., 6-5, 185, Bronx, N.Y.
Andy Rautins, Syracuse, G, Sr., 6-5, 195, Jamesville, N.Y.
ALL-BIG EAST THIRD TEAM
Jerome Dyson, Connecticut, G, Sr., 6-3, 190, Potomac, Md.
Kemba Walker, Connecticut, G, So., 6-1, 172, Bronx, N.Y.
Samardo Samuels, Louisville, F, So., 6-9, 260, Trelawny, Jamaica
Corey Fisher, Villanova, G, Jr., 6-1, 200, Bronx, N.Y.
Devin Ebanks, West Virginia, F, So., 6-9, 210, Long Island City, N.Y.
BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION
Jimmy Butler, Marquette, F, Jr., 6-6, 215, Tomball, Texas
Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame, F, Jr., 6-8, 232, Unionville, Conn.
Jamine Peterson, Providence, F, So., 6-6, 230, Brooklyn, N.Y.
BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
*Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati, G, Fr., 6-5, 210, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Alex Oriakhi, Connecticut, F/C, Fr., 6-9, 240, Lowell, Mass.
Vincent Council, Providence, G, Fr., 6-2, 180, Brooklyn, N.Y.
*Dane Miller, Rutgers, F, Fr., 6-7, 210, Henrietta, N.Y.
Brandon Triche, Syracuse, G, Fr., 6-4, 198, Jamesville, N.Y.
Maalik Wayns, Villanova, G, Fr., 6-1, 185, Philadelphia, Pa.
* — Denotes unanimous selection