It's difficult to expect much in terms of stats for a Montverde (Fla.) Academy player. After all, when even the team's most touted players post relatively modest numbers, the guys not ranked in the top 10 figure to contribute unassuming statlines.
But Justin Bibbs is competing under wraps no longer. Beginning last summer, carrying into the fall and now extending through his senior season, Bibbs is gaining widespread consideration for the national top 100.
He understands how to put the ball through the net. A southpaw with good, lean strength, Bibbs has a slinky offensive style that he utilizes to score via pull-up jump shots, finishes above the rim along with some threes as well. He's a multi-dimensional scorer who doesn't necessarily specialize in any one area, but he excels taking advantage of what the defense makes available.
Mentally, Bibbs also seems ready for college basketball. His anticipation on both offense and defense exceeds that of most of his peers, and the result is that he seemingly makes a lot of little happenstance plays that actually owe to his fine instincts. He uses fakes well as a dribbler and passer to set up teammates, and he plays with the no-nonsense disposition that should curry favor with the Hokie coaching staff.
Defensively, though he's 6-4, I believe Bibbs will be able to guard most shooting guards and wing forwards. Intelligence counts for a lot, and few college teams boast jumbo wings who play on the perimeter exclusively.
Let's face it: The Hokies have a significant rebuilding job ahead of them. They've had several painful defections over the past few years, including junior guard Marquis Rankin leaving the team in the past week. Bibbs will provide both talent and stability, something the program desperately needs.