Pitt stars Brad Wanamaker and Ashton Gibbs both earned All-Big East honors this morning as Gibbs was named to the All-Big East First Team and Wanamaker was named to the All-Big East Second Team. The complete First Team included Ben Hansbrough from Notre Dame, Marshon Brooks from Providence, Kemba Walker from Connecticut, Austin Freeman from Georgetown, Dwight Hardy from St. John’s and Gibbs while the Second Team contained Preston Knowles from Louisville, Rick Jackson from Syracuse, Corey Fisher from Villanova, Darius Johnson-Odom from Marquette and Wanamaker. Voting for the All-Big East teams is handled by the conference’s coaches with the stipulation that those coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players.
Gibbs, coming off of his 2nd team appearance last season, led the Panthers in scoring with 16.4 points per game and posted outstanding offensive numbers across the board, finishing 1st in the Big East in three point % and plus/minus, 2nd in offensive efficiency rating and 4th in true shooting percentage.
Wanamaker, who was probably robbed of a 1st team spot by a reluctance to put 2 Pitt players in that position but had an infinitely better season than Dwight Hardy or Austin Freeman, averaged 11.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game and finished in the top 50 in the Big East in 47 different statistical categories. Wanamaker was also the only player in the nation from a major conference to assist on at least 30% of his team’s field goals while grabbing at least 10% of his team’s rebounds.