Zach Gibson to Big East

Zach Gibson's name really didn't make its way out of Michigan, but those in the state know all about the big man. Now those in the Big East will in time as well.

Rutgers may have missed out on Andrew Bynum, but the Scarlet Knights didn't waste long in finding another big man to take his spot.

Zach Gibson, a 6-9, 200-pound senior at Grand Blanc High (Mich.), committed to Rutgers on Tuesday night after taking a visit to the campus last weekend.

"I had a really good time this past weekend," Gibson said to the Rutgers team site on the network. "I spent time with the coaches, with specific people, like the strength and conditioning coach, the academic deans. First we went to dinner and then we went to the movies, on Friday. Then the next day we went to the ESPN Zone to eat."

Gibson, who just turned 17 last week, is a big man whose biggest asset is his athleticism. He had an up-and-down summer with the under-16 Michigan Mustangs team, but played well in the fall and had garnered interest from Pittsburgh, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Michigan State. He also had offers from South Florida, Toledo, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

Gibson still needs to get stronger, but he runs the floor extremely well.

Rutgers coach Gary Waters is a Michigan native and assistant coach Larry DeSimpelare also hails from Michigan.

"The coaching staff is great," Gibson added. "Coach Waters works pretty well with the type of player I am and he develops them very well. And that's why I am coming."

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