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Gibbs will return to Pitt next season

Ashton Gibbs is returning to Pitt.

After evaluating his chances of being selected in next month's NBA Draft, Gibbs said Saturday he will come back to Pitt for his senior season.

Shortly after the end of the season, Gibbs, a junior guard, said he would consider making himself available for the draft. He did not hire an agent, thus retaining his eligibility under NCAA rules.

Gibbs, an honorable mention Associated Press All-American, pulled out with only hours to spare — the draft's early-entry withdrawal deadline is Sunday.

"The NBA can wait a year," Gibbs said in a statement. "I look forward to continuing the success that we've established here at Pitt and finish my collegiate career with all of my teammates and fellow senior Nasir Robinson. It will also be extra special to earn my degree."

Gibbs, only the ninth Pitt player to earn Big East first-team honors, will enter next season ranked among Pitt's career leaders in several categories, including free-throw percentage (87.9, second), 3-point percentage (44.1, second), 3-pointers (216, fourth) and points (1,207, 23rd). He has started 64 of his 100 games at Pitt, averaging 12.1 points.

"I am extremely excited that Ashton will return to the court for us next year," coach Jamie Dixon said. "Ashton is a tremendous representative for the University of Pittsburgh. He embodies everything you want in a student-athlete and has always made decisions for the right reasons. This is just another example."

Report: Dixon passes on Maryland

Dixon does not appear to be the leading candidate to succeed Gary Williams as coach at Maryland.

An online report yesterday said Maryland officials spoke with Dixon about the position, but he removed himself from consideration before he was offered the job. InsideMDSports.com , citing sources, also reported that Arizona coach Sean Miller, a Blackhawk High School and Pitt graduate, is expected to accept an offer.

Calls to Dixon and Maryland officials seeking comment were not returned.

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