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Gibbs to test NBA draft waters

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Junior guard Ashton Gibbs will declare for the 2011 NBA draft, but is expected to leave the door open to return to school.

“We’re not sure,” Temple Gibbs said today from New Jersey regarding his son’s draft plans. “From what I know, he was thinking about it. But he wouldn’t hire an agent, without a doubt.”

Gibbs, a first-team all-Big East selection who led the Panthers in scoring each of the past two seasons, has until April 24 to officially declare for early entry into the draft.

Provided he doesn’t hire an agent, Gibbs would have until May 8 to withdraw his name without losing NCAA eligibility.

“It would be to see what it was like,” Temple Gibbs said.

Gibbs has not filed any paperwork with the NBA, according to Pitt basketball media relations director Greg Hotchkiss. Neither the 6-foot-2 Gibbs nor Pitt coach Jamie Dixon, who was traveling, could not be reached for comment.

By submitting his name for early entry, Gibbs would have a two-week window to test the waters for the draft. He could attend NBA workouts – with the teams picking up the traveling expenses — and gauge interest. 

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