Davidson’s Gibbs Named National Player of Week

Junior guard named Lute Olson National Player of the Week as well as conference honors for the 4th time this season.

COURTESY: Davidson Athletics

Davidson’s Jack Gibbs may not be unknown for much longer.

The 6-foot junior guard was named this week’s Lute Olson Award winner as the nation’s player of the week. The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team. Freshmen and first-year transfers can be named to the All-America team,
but are not eligible to receive the Player of the Year honors.

The award is named in honor of coaching great Lute Olson, who won 780 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona.

In addition, Gibbs was named Atlantic 10 Conference player of the week for the fourth time this season. Gibbs shares the award with Fordham’s Ryan Rhoomes.

For the week, Gibbs averaged 23.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game, while shooting 45.5 percent (5-11) from 3-point range and 80 percent (12-15) at the charity stripe.

A junior from Westerville, Ohio, Gibbs began the week with 21 points and 10 assists in Davidson’s win over Duquesne. In addition to his third career double-double, Gibbs added 5 rebounds and a personal-best 6 steals.

The 6-0 point guard capped his week with a game-high 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 dimes in the Wildcats’ 81-75 triumph over George Mason on Saturday.

Gibbs has earned conference player of the week honors seven times in his career, which is the second-most in school history behind Stephen Curry (16).

Davidson returns to the hardwood Tuesday evening with an 8 p.m. tip at Dayton.