Iowa in Mix for Gibson

When Brian Gregory left Dayton for Georgia Tech, Percy Gibson reopened his recruitment. The talented big man from Detroit is considering an impressive group of schools and Iowa is in the mix.

When Percy Gibson reopened his recruitment recently, his AAU coach was concerned about how much interest there would be for the Detroit power forward.

He's not worrying any more.

"My gosh," Team Detroit's Paul Carmona said. "Wow."

Twelve schools have offered scholarships since the 6-foot-9, 244-pound Gibson decided to look around. He signed with Dayton in November but asked out of his letter of intent when Head Coach Brian Gregory took the job at Georgia Tech.

"Dayton has set the bar and they're still right in there, but I think he's a little overwhelmed right now," Carmona said. "He's a high school kid who was comfortable with his commitment and then things change. He's getting to know the new guys at Dayton just like everybody else who has come in.

"He's going to graduate in a few months and he wants to know where he's going to college. I think he wants to wrap this up soon."

Carmona expects Gibson to only use three of his four official visits that remain.

"His mom is a full-time college student and she's real busy," Carmona said. "She wants to be at every meeting with the coaches and on every visit so she can make sure everyone is shooting him straight. She just doesn't have the time for four officials."

Carmona said Dayton, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Indiana, Illinois, Georgia Tech, Iowa and Iowa State are the main schools in contention for official visits. Gibson holds offers from all of those programs and many of the Atlantic 10 schools.

"We're done talking to new schools," Carmona said. "His mom has had enough and there's a good group here. I'm really confident in Percy's ability to play basketball. Now we're looking for the place that cares the most about Percy as a person."

Iowa State visited Gibson on Monday, Carmona said. Iowa Assistant Andrew Francis last checked with him on Tuesday.

Francis was in Detroit on Wednesday night talking to Carmona about three younger members of the Team Detroit program - Monte Morris, Denzel Watts and Leo Edwards. The Class of 2013 trio expected to visit Iowa together in the near future and they're all close with Gibson. Francis dod not meet with Gibson on that trip.

"They're all waiting to see what Percy does," Carmona said. "They know Iowa is looking at him and wants him. Coach Francis really does a great job here in Detroit. He's really clicking with the kids in Michigan."

Francis told Carmona that an offer for Morris will be coming as soon as Hawkeye Head Coach Fran McCaffery gets a chance to see him play.

Carmona was asked if Iowa sits well with gibson

"Definitely," the coach said. "He has 12 offers, but there are only about six or seven schools he's serious about. We've had a lot of others call and ask to see him work out, but we're not interested in schools that need him to prove something."

Iowa is in need of a big man after losing Jarryd Cole to graduation.

"Whoever gets (Gibson) will be getting a 6-9, 244-pound kid that's pure muscle," Carmona said. "He's one of those kids that knows how to hold his ground and doesn't get pushed around. He's an ox in the paint and is left-handed, which can create problems for defenders. He's a workhorse."

I spoke with Gibson on Sunday. At that time, he had not talked to Iowa yet.

"I'm really just taking this one day at a time," he said. "I want to see who is interested, check out what they're about and take some visits. I also want to see what they offer academically."

Gibson wants to study architecture in college.

Iowa State might have an in with Gibson. Coach Fred Hoiberg added former Dayton Assistant Cornell Mann to his staff this week. Mann helped lure Gibson to Dayton.


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