Davidson’s Jack Gibbs hopeful for Orlando event

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Davidson opened the 2016-17 season with a come from behind win over Appalachian State and former longtime assistant coach Jim Fox.

The Wildcats’ 86-74 win came without the services of Jack Gibbs, one of the top returning scorers in the nation. The 6-foot-1 senior lead guard was sidelined on October 22 with a shoulder sprain. He was reportedly a game-time decision for Saturday.

According Justin Parker of the Lake Norman Citizen, Davidson head coach Bob McKillop is hopeful to have Gibbs in the lineup next week when the team travels to Orlando for the 2016 Tire Pros Invitational.

“We’re very pleased with his progress,” McKillop said following the win.

While Davidson did have three players in double figures, led by Peyton Aldridge’s 31 points, having Gibbs on the floor in Orlando could help land the Wildcats an early-season marquee victory. The Wildcats begin next week’s tournament against Clemson, a team that could be willed into the NCAA Tournament by All-American candidate Jaron Blossomgame. The next round could also feature a date with No. 7 Xavier. Depending how things unfold, the Wildcats could find themselves in matchups with either Oklahoma or Northern Iowa.

Gibbs averaged 23.5 points and 4.9 assists per game, ending his junior season as the nation’s fifth leading scorer.