|Davidson's Jack Gibbs auditions for Charlotte Hornets|
|Former Wildcat projects as point guard|
|Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017 1:46 pm|
Could the Hornets find a suitable backup for Kemba Walker in Jack Gibbs?
The former Davidson guard had his first NBA pre-draft workout Wednesday at Spectrum Center, few miles down I-77 from where he spent his collegiate career with the Wildcats.
“First workout,” Gibbs said. “I have the Nuggets coming up on Friday, and then next week I’ll be in Milwaukee with the Bucks. When you go from high school to college there’s a growing period, and now I got my first days in an NBA workout. I’ll learn from this and do what I need to do to make the other ones go more smoothly.”
During his senior season at Davidson, Gibbs averaged 22.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game over an average of 36.2 minutes.
“The Davidson fan base back in the Lake Norman area was unbelievable,” Gibbs said. “It was like a family atmosphere, just being close to there and just being able to see the fans and friends from Davidson would mean a lot to me. This is a great organization. It would be a dream.”
Gibbs turned to former Davidson teammates Tyler Kalinoski and De’Mon Brooks for advice on what to expect heading into pre-draft workouts.
“I talked with Tyler Kalinoski,” Gibbs said. “He worked out with [Charlotte] two years ago, and then a couple other guys, De’Mon. I can kind of get a feel for what to expect when I come to these workouts so that I’m not coming in blind. It was kind of like what Tyler and De’Mon told me it was going to be like. Some shooting drills in the beginning, then some one-on-one, two-on-two, three-on-three kind of stuff. Just situational.”
Gibbs left Davidson as the Wildcats’ third all-time leading scorer with 2,033 points. His ability on the perimeter—he shot 39.2 percent from beyond the arc as a senior and 42.7 percent from the field—makes him an ideal fit for the perimeter-oriented direction coach Steve Clifford wants to take the Hornets.
“I thought it was good,” Gibbs said. “We got a lot of shots up. The situational set that we did with the pick and roll and the down screen reminded me a little bit of Davidson basketball. It was nice to be able to get out there and play with a lot of other great guys. They’re talented. I’m just lucky to be out here. I thought I shot the ball off the dribble well. I just tried to lead, to talk as much as I can, and show people that I can be a leader on the point guard position.”
However, to truly fit Clifford’s defense-first style, Gibbs will have to improve.
“I want to work on my defending, and that comes with footspeed, quickness and just trying to be able to defend the quicker guards,” Gibbs said. “I think I’m strong enough to be able to hold my own against the bigger guys—just trying to be fast enough to guard the quicker guys, and I’m getting there.”
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