COLUMBIA, MO - JANUARY 14: Sterling Gibbs #13 of the Texas Longhorns controls the ball as Phil Pressey #1 of the Missouri Tigers defends during the game on January 14, 2012 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Sophomore Sterling Gibbs, who announced his transfer from Texas to Seton Hall in April, will not be eligible to suit up this season, the NCAA has ruled, according to a tweet by J.P. Pelzman of the Record. Adam Zagoria spoke to Kevin Willard later in the day in Philadelphia, where Willard stated that he has not heard such a ruling from the NCAA or his compliance director.
Gibbs averaged 2.6ppg in 7.5min as a freshman, but came off the bench in favor of freshman sensation Myck Kabongo. After Kabongo announced he would return to school and Javan Felix signed a letter of intent to become a Longhorn, Gibbs made the long rumored decision official - he was returning to New Jersey to suit up for the Pirates.
Gibbs waiver request was considered a 50/50 proposition, at best. Seton Hall hasn't had the best of luck recently with the NCAA, but many camps believed Gibbs' request was legitimate and that he'd receive approval to play his sophomore season immediately. Instead, Kevin Willard is left without an established starting point guard for the 2012-13 season. SOJ believes the position is Freddie Wilson's to lose despite the Pirates bringing in the CBA's Tommy Maayan, who we've been told is recovering well from ACL surgery. We learned last week that Maayan is expected to suit up for 5 exhibition games in Spain, next month.
Obviously, the NCAA's decision is a huge disappointment for Kevin Willard and staff, but the Pirates now have no choice but to move forward with Freddie Wilson or Tommy Maayan. If there's one position that Kevin Willard and Shaheen Holloway can teach, it's the Point. Unfortunately, they've got their work cut out for them with less than four months to name a starter. Or as Shaheen Holloway told us last month, will they dare run a point guard by committee? Tough decision coming for sure, good luck, gentlemen.