The Cyclones opened a third scholarship spot for the 2014-15 basketball season with the transfer of Percy Gibson, ISU coach Fred Hoiberg announced Monday.
A three-star power forward out of Detroit in 2011, Gibson averaged over 10 minutes and four points a game his freshman and sophomore seasons before seeing his playing time dip drastically as a junior (5.1 minutes, 21 DNP - Coach's Decision).
"I spoke with Percy after the season and he indicated a desire to transfer to another school," Hoiberg said in a statement. "We thank Percy for his efforts the last three years and will assist him in any way we can."
Said Gibson: ""I'd like to thank Coach Hoiberg and the rest of the coaches for the opportunity to play at Iowa State. I will take with me the memories and friendships created with my teammates. I also want to thank Iowa State's fans for their support the last three years."
The 6-foot-9 Gibson early in his career was a useful rotation piece, especially against bigger opponents. In the 2012 NCAA tournament, Gibson scored 10 points in a loss to the Anthony Davis-led Kentucky.
To begin his sophomore campaign, Gibson notched a double-double against Southern and against Iowa a month later scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots, the 10th of 11 games that saw Gibson notch 10 minutes or more to begin the season. By contrast, Gibson didn't play more than nine minutes in the Cyclones' last 13 games.
Gibson's micro role was established early this past season. Gibson did not play in November contests against Michigan and BYU, then sat out against Iowa and notched one minute in ISU's three-game tournament in Hawaii.
Clayton Custer is the lone signee in Iowa State's 2014 recruiting class. The Cyclones are expected to be major players on the transfer market and host former UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones this weekend.
Georges Niang, Daniel Edozie and Jameel McKay are currently ISU's only returning front court members. McKay as of now won't be eligible until the spring semester (2015) but the Cyclones are expected to file a waiver on the Marquette transfer's behalf in hopes of getting his services in the fall.