I’ve been running around all day. The wife is now sick. The kids are on spring break. Somewhere in there I still have to work and do everything else. Sorry not to be on this sooner. Judging by some of the e-mails, there is a bit of concern over Gibbs’ decision.
I have no problem with it.
“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.
I hardly see this as a panic moment. If you are a junior at a high major program, with aspirations of a pro career there should be a no-brainer. Go through the process. Get the feedback. Find out what your chances are at present. Assuming you come back, you have a better understanding of what you need to improve.
Admittedly, I’m relatively certain that Gibbs is not even a second round draft pick right now.
He shot 49 percent from three this season and he has NBA three shooting range and then some. And that’s about it. He would go undrafted, he needs better ball handling and some penetration to impress scouts. Expect him to return to Jamie Dixon.
I love Gibbs, and there is no doubt if he turned pro early, next year’s club would have bigger holes and forced to rely on and hope freshmen develop a lot faster than desired. It would also free-up one other scholarship, but that’s a dim silver lining when talking about the expectations for the 2011-12 team.
That said, there is nothing in that assessment to disagree. He is an okay ball-handler, but about average. When he tries to penetrate or go to the basket he is not particularly effective. His height makes him questionable as a regular shooting guard in the league, and his defense is about average. He is best as a spot-up shooter on the perimeter. There is a place for those role players in the NBA, but I can’t think of the last one that was drafted as a junior.
When you factor in the rules this year, it really does make sense for Gibbs.
“Nothing has been decided for sure,” Dixon said.
Dixon did say there is more incentive for players to test the waters this year. NBA teams are allowed to pay for players’ travel expenses, a change from previous years. However, the number of teams working out underclassmen is likely to drop because players cannot miss classes to attend workouts. Most workouts for underclassmen likely will take place on weekends, meaning players cannot go from city to city during the week and work out for as many teams.
The way Pitt’s academic calendar looks, Finals take place the first week that the NBA can start working out players. At best Gibbs will have a week to 10 days to travel for workouts and get feedback, before making his final decision. Hardly a situation that holds the program hostage.
Top students with in-demand skills spend summers interning before their final year. Getting wooed by prospective employers. Finding out where they want to go and do. (At least that’s what my sister has told me. I was neither a top student or in a in-demand field of study.)
Now on the speculation side, I’ve seen some tweets, comments and messages indicating that Gibbs might be determined to go pro. That between his desires and the way the season ended, he just wants to move on with his life. There’s still a long way to go before he will make the final call. He also has a strong family that supports and advises him, so if there is an emotional component to this, there is still plenty of time for him to make a reasoned decision.
But even if he does go. I would wish him nothing but the best, and thank him for what he’s done at Pitt.