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Gibbs named Big East preseason POY; Pitt picked 4th


NEW YORK – Pitt senior guard Ashton Gibbs has been named the 2011-12  Big East Preseason Player of the Year and Pitt was picked fourth in the preseason poll in voting by the league’s head coaches.

Pitt received one first-place vote and 188 points, as part of Big East media day today in Manhattan. West Virginia was picked seventh.

Defending national champion Connecticut (seven first-place votes) and Syracuse (five first-place votes) tied for first place in the preseason coaches vote with 209 points. Louisville, picked third, garnered 201 points and the remaining three first-place votes.

Gibbs and West Virginia forward Kevin Jones were named to the all-Big East first-team pre-season team.

Gibbs is the fifth Pitt player to be named Big East preseason Player of the Year, joining Charles Smith (1986-87), Jerome Lane (1987-88), Brandin Knight (2002-03) and Aaron Gray (2006-07).

Connecticut freshman center Andre Drummond was picked as the Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year.


Big East 2011-12 Preseason Coaches’ poll

Team   Pts.

1. Connecticut (7)       209

Syracuse (5)    209

3. Louisville (3)           201

4. Pitt (1)         188

5. Cincinnati    169

6. Marquette    155

7. West Virginia          132

8. Villanova     127

9. Notre Dame            114

10. Georgetown          104

11. Rutgers      75

12. St. John’s  71

13. Seton Hall 56

14. USF           43

15. Providence                        40

16. DePaul      27

First-place votes in parantheses


2011-12 Pre-season all-Big East

First team

Ashton Gibbs, 6-2, Sr., G, Pittsburgh

Jeremy Lamb, 6-5, So., G/F, Connecticut

Darius Johnson-Odom, 6-2, Sr., G, Marquette

Tim Abromaitis, 6-8, Sr., F, Notre Dame

Kris Joseph, 6-7, Sr., F, Syracuse

Kevin Jones, 6-8, Sr., F, West Virginia


Second team

Yancy Gates, 6-9, Sr., F, Cincinnati

Alex Oriahki, 6-9, Jr., C/F, Connecticut

Peyton Siva, 5-11, Jr., G, Louisville

Scoop Jardine, 6-2, Sr., G, Syracuse

Maalik Wayns, 6-2, Jr., G, Villanova


Third team

Andre Drummond, 6-11, Fr., C, Connecticut

Shabazz Napier, 6-0, So., G, Connecticut

Cleveland Melvin, 6-8, So., F, DePaul

Jae Crowder, 6-6, Sr., F, Marquette

Augustus Gilchrist, 6-10, Sr., F/C, USF


Preseason Player of the Year – Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh

Preseason Rookie of the Year – Andre Drummond, Connecticut



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