Sterling Gibbs was very familiar with Seton Hall and its coaching staff but the lure of a brand name program was too much to overcome.
Sterling Gibbs is a Longhorn.
The Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) product and Scotch Plains (N.J.) native chose Texas over Connecticut, Louisville, Seton Hall, UCLA and Maryland.
Seton Hall's chances looked decent after Gibbs asked for and received a release from Maryland just four days ago. However, after Gibbs decided to visit Texas and gave glowing feedback, reality began to set in. Seton Hall's chances of landing Sterling were hanging by a thread of locality and familiarity for the all-time leading scorer in Seton Hall Prep history. That thread was snipped by the chance of playing for Rick Barnes in a back-court loaded with talent in incoming freshmen Myck Kabongo, Sheldon McClellan, Julien Lewis and rising sophomore J'Covan Brown. With the chances of Kabongo going to the NBA after just one season, Gibbs could be the starting point guard as a sophomore.
Beyond Barnes and the outstanding talent that Texas will have next season, it looks like associate head coach Rob Lanier needs to be given a lot of credit: "I have a great relationship with coach Rob Lanier," said Gibbs. "I've known him since middle school. My family trusts him."
The four highly rated high school seniors and J'Covan Brown will look to replace NBA bound Jordan Hamilton and Corey Joseph next season for Texas.
What does this mean for Pirate fans?
-The chance that Sean Grennan and Freddie Wilson will get more playing time as freshmen will rise dramatically. Gibbs would have overloaded the back-court and surely have forced one of the two freshmen to look into transferring.
- The team will almost assuredly have at least three scholarship to give for the 2012 recruiting class. With eleven scholarships currently given out and the high possibility of an incoming transfer, at least one scholarship will be carried over to the 2012 class.
- Jamar Nutter is still the last player that Seton Hall has landed from Seton Hall Prep.