Welcome home, Sterling Gibbs.
This morning, SOJ reported that Sterling Gibbs was set to begin his official visit to Seton Hall on Thursday afternoon. The former Freshman Texas point guard wasted little time deciding where he would continue his collegiate career. One hour after his visit was slated to begin, his new teammate, Fuquan Edwin, was first to break the news:
Moments later, Aaron Geramipoor followed suit with, "S/O to my boy @SterlingGibbs13 for joining the family!"
Jordan Theodore, who has been in communication with Gibbs and has been credited for the assist in sealing the deal, added:
Gibbs and Seton Hall flirted during his senior year at Seton Hall Prep, but the Scotch Plains (NJ) native initially chose Maryland, but after Gary Williams' retirement, he wound up enrolling at Texas.
As a freshman, Gibbs averaged 2.6 points and less than 1 assist in just 7.5 minutes per game, but was buried behind Myck Kabongo on the depth chart. The Longhorns also have top-100 point guard Javan Felix coming in next season, but Gibbs stated the reason behind his transfer was family-related:
"I've had a great year at Texas," Gibbs said. "I've improved as a basketball player and as a person during my time here. If my decision had to do with basketball only, I would not be leaving Texas. But my decision is family-related and involves more than basketball."
Gibbs, an alumnus of Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, will attempt to attain a hardship waiver from the NCAA citing a family illness and a desire to play close to home. If granted, the exception would waive the typical year he would be required to sit out as a transfer athlete. First and foremost, our thoughts are with Sterling and his family as they will surely battle the illness together. If he is granted the waiver, he will suit up immediately and will likely step in as the starting point guard under Kevin Willard in the 2012-13 campaign. If the request is denied, he will look to join Aquille Carr in 2013-14, forming quite an exciting backcourt tandem where he will be able to run at either guard position.
Sterling Gibbs will become the first recruit from Seton Hall Prep to don the Pirates uniform since Marcus Toney-El and later, Jamar Nutter. Locking up Gibbs is undoubtedly a terrific get for Kevin Willard as he'll look to possibly reestablish the SHU/SHP pipeline and maybe the Gibbs family pipeline as well. Sterling's brother, Temple, although just an eighth-grader (2016), is expected to be one of the top rated guards of his class.
Whether we see Gibbs this coming year or the season thereafter, please join all of us from South Orange Juice in welcoming our newest Pirate home!