CAREER-HIGH figures have led to Tasmanian basketball star Adam Gibson being named the NBL player of the week.
In a stellar home performance against the New Zealand Breakers, the Cluan guard hit 34 points, dished out nine assists and grabbed six boards to take the Adelaide 36ers to a 93-86 victory on Sunday.
It was enough to give the London Olympian 38 per cent of the NBL fan votes to win the player of the week award just three days after his 28th birthday.
"Things went well," Gibson said.
"Obviously with Jamar [Wilson] being out I had a lot more shots and a lot more time with the ball in my hands, so I just made plays and was aggressive."
With fellow guard Wilson due to miss another week with a hamstring injury and Mitch Creek out for a month with an ankle, Gibson was happy to step up.
Creek's injury replacement, Richie Edwards, made his 36ers debut in the victory and Gibson was excited by the prospect of also teaming up with recent signing and Australian world championship teammate Brock Motum, fresh from an NBA pre-season stint with the Utah Jazz.
"This is huge. He's pretty much an NBA guy and at some point he will play in the NBA so to bring that to Adelaide, especially as he's another Australian, is massive for the club and for our team," Gibson said.
With three wins from five games, Adelaide sits second on the ladder behind the unbeaten Cairns Taipans and is due to play the Sydney Kings away on Sunday.
Gibson is at his fourth NBL club after stints with the Brisbane Bullets (2006-08), South Dragons (2008-09) and Gold Coast Blaze (2009-12), which yielded two championships.
The former Hagley Farm School pupil is in his third season with the Sixers, wears the club's No.1 shirt and features prominently across its merchandising.
His profile on the club website describes him as a "formidable Olympic guard" who "has an ice-cold demeanour, razor sharp shooting and an aggressive defensive style".
It adds: "A nightmare for opposing ball-handlers with his nagging confrontational defence, the Tasmanian is well on his way to being one of the top point guards of his generation."
A product of the Australian Institute of Sport, Gibson was named the NBL's best defensive player in the South Dragons' 2009 championship campaign and has played for the Boomers at two world championships and the London Olympics.