Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Panthers offers Temple Gibbs

Jamie Dixon finally got around to offering Temple "T.J." Gibbs.  The 6'2" combo guard is the younger brother of former Pitt star Ashton Gibbs. Like his brother, Gibbs plays at Seton Hall Prep in Scotch Plains, NJ.

Gibbs is generally considered a top 50 prospect (Ashton was not in the top 100), and has offers from Georgetown, Virginia, St. John's, Boston College, Miami, Georgia Tech, Providence, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Oklahoma, USC, and Xavier, among others. His offer list should be even more impressive as he's still in the 2016 class.

20 comments:

  1. What took so long?
    Pitt is the 9th team to give him an offer?
    and he is the brother to former top player at Pitt.
    and part of NJPlayaz team which Pitt has gotten lots of players from NJPlayaz over the years including Pitt assistant coach Brandon Knight.
    So, what am I missing here. What took so long?

    Is it because Rowan committed early so there was not a "committable offer" to make for a SG?

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  2. With the way Gibbs ended his career at Pitt - is there any realistic chance pitt can land his younger brother?

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    1. Ashton follows me on Twitter and every time that I've talked about TJ and Pitt he comments excitedly so he clearly wants it to happen.

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    2. He has a decent list of offers. No truly big heavyweights yet, so Pitt can go up against this list.

      Doke - you cite what Ashton would like, but does anyone have any insight to what TJ is thinking????

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  3. Would be a nice get, although 6'2" isn;t the tallest for a combo guard. Any chatter about nabbing a true PG for that timeframe ? For the 2016-17 season, JR will be gone, leaving a group of combos with Senior Newkirk, potential Soph/RF Wilson and potential Frosh Heron.

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  4. Can he play solid defense? Is he more like a Ron Ramon? I don't think the end was bad for Ashton. I think his lack of defensive presence was the issue. He could fill it up if left open, but had problems with driving to the cage and playing tough.

    Just my opinion on that. Will need to shake the cobwebs a bit.

    Any update on Chiek Diallo. Would be great if I could spell. Would be greater if he would commit. With the new shot clock and the ACC pace, do you think Pitt will be less deliberate scoring the ball?

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  5. Diallo reportedly won't commit/sign with anyone until the spring. The pickup of Rozelle NIx suggests Pitt coaches don't think they have a very good shot at Diallo.

    Ashton's senior year was disappointing to fans for several reasons that weren't Ashton's fault. He actually was forced to play the point rather than the shooting guard. There was a lack of a solid post presence and it killed the inside-outside game Ashton thrived on in prior seasons. In addition, he played on injured ankles most of the season.

    The 30-second shot clock was just an ACC experiment for the exhibition games. It will not be used during the regular season this year--maybe in the future. Pitt will not play much differently than in the past. They will run when they can get an easy basket off a rebound or turnover. They will not attempt to run otherwise and would be foolish to do so especially against the run and gun top of the ACC teams that have more individual talent and athleticism. Dixon is no fool and won't get into a run and gun contest with the likes of Duke, UNC, etc.as that is a sure way to guarantee losing and likely even being blown out.

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    1. Nix has nothing to do with Diallo. Randall is gone, Uchebo is always suspect because of his knee, and Haughton's future is suspect. Pitt was looking for more than one center, especially since Nix is not a player that will probably play a lot of minutes.

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    2. Ashton was a fantastic shooter; a very good offensive player; suspect defensively; and clearly not a Point Guard. But honestly I think the biggest problem exposed during his Senior year was that he had no leadership qualities.
      Granted, that team wasn't very talented (relatively of course); but Pitt had success with teams that had similar talent deficiencies. The difference to me with those teams is that they had real leaders like Jaron Brown and Julius Page. Losing guys like Gary McGhee, Brad Wanamaker and Gilbert Brown hurt us a lot more than the stat sheet could show.
      Not trying to knock Ashton because he did some amazing things at Pitt and hit a bunch of big shots; but that team really needed him to step into that leadership void that was left and that just did not happen.

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  6. Doke - I am a huge Dixon fan, but his comments about Jones/Johnson scoring points but giving up 34 to the guy that they were watching is a huge indictment of why they cannot get over the top. He was upset that they needed a zone to shut the guy down, but who cares what defense they use as long as it stops the other team. If we ever want to start landing some elite scorers, then Dixon will need to be more flexible in his approach.

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    1. I disagree. If Pitt plays bad defense then they aren't going anywhere. Unless you are absolutely loaded with superstars, you will need to play at least good defense. And giving up 34 to a D-2 player isn't going to cut it.

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  7. This is the kind of player that Pitt can't land so I wouldn't get my hopes up.

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    1. Normally I would agree with you, but b/c of who he is, I think Pitt should pursue. Regarding hopes, it's difficult for Pitt fans to have high hopes on any front.

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  8. So Pitt gets 5 star players Dante Taylor, Khem Birch and Steven Adams but, he won't be able to land Temple Gibbs whose brother Ashton played at Pitt.

    Because, Gibbs "is the kind of player that Pitt can't land"

    Yeah, ok.

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    1. Talor was a major disappoint (if not bust), Birch was lost (the Rushel Shell of the bb program), Adams was a good land but time here short and nowhere near the high impact hoped for. Pitt is a solid but non-top 25 program that generally doesn't land top 50 players. I hope Gibbs turns out to be that special player that gets you ranked and past the sweet 16, and I hope he comes to Pitt. I'm simply saying that's not been Pitt's norm so I'm not getting hopes up. If it happens, that would be great.

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    2. I assume you're young or only started following Pitt basketball once they started winning, because people who've been around awhile knows that the program is easily a top 25 program in the country over the last 15 years or so.

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    3. Pitt was ranked as high as #1 in Blair's last season.

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    4. They certainly were in the past, even recent past, but they haven't been for several years and don't look to be this year. They're not a top 25 lock. I hope they finish the season top 25, and land a top 50 recruit all all those great things but it' not a lock to happen.

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  9. I don't understand the sentiment here. If Gibbs goes elsewhere, it won't be because he's a guy that Pitt can't land. I beliwvw the PG who is supposed to sign an LOI in the next day or so is every bit the prospect that Gibbs is.

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