Gipson having big junior year
One of the West Coast's top defenders in the 2016 class is 6-foot-3, 170-pound Los Angeles Fairfax shooting guard Donald Gipson. After an impressive showing at the Nike Extravaganza, Gipson earned the following evaluation from Scout: A very tough and physical defender, Gipson is all business and has proven himself as one of the West Coast's top defensive players in 2016. He played relentless defense on Rex Pflueger, while also keeping Fairfax in the game with his jumper as well. Gipson started out his high school career as a non-shooter and ball handler but has made serious strides in both areas. He's a winning player. Taking pride on the defensive end is what separates Gipson from many of his peers. "It starts for me as a defender and rebounder," Gipson said. "That's what got me here. I want to keep doing that. I work out every day at 6:30am and it's helping me in my other areas like dribbling and shooting." Dribbling and shooting are two areas that Gipson keeps developing at, as he was once a non-shooter but now has become a real threat to score with his jumper. "Coach (Harvey) Kitani has told me to keep working hard and I would be able to do it and here I am," Gipson said. "It's tremendously different. At first I couldn't even bring the ball down the court. I feel the progress and it's made my game much better." Despite making a big jump forward as a player over the last year, Gipson isn't content with his game. "I want to work on my post moves and turnaround jumper," he said. "I also want to be a leader. I want to help every player on my team get better." One of the unique aspects of Gipson's game is the fact that he's a rare guard who isn't afraid of posting up smaller and weaker defenders. "I don't mind at all," Gipson said. "It's easy money down there. It's better than shooting a three." Gipson is still waiting on his first offer, although he has interest from Arizona State, USC, Cal Poly, Vanderbilt and Colorado State. He grew up a fan of a Pac-12 school. "I grew up rooting for Arizona," Gipson said. "I just like their style of play, how hard they play and that they win. Sean Miller is a good coach." When Gipson's recruitment picks up, he'll have a good idea of what he's looking for in a school. "Education of course but I want a school that will help me get to the next level," Gipson said. "Location really doesn't matter but I'd like to stay on the West Coast instead of the East Coast."