Sherman Dillard spotted the 2011 Texas power forward when his son's AAU team faced that of Gipson. When he took the job at Iowa, he returned to his home in the Dallas area and extended an opportunity to the rising prospect.
"He remembered me from seeing me play against his son," Gipson said. "When he came down to offer me the scholarship, he said he really liked how I played."
Dillard requested a visit to Iowa City from Gipson when he offered the scholarship. The 6-foot-7, 245-pound inside presence said he planned to visit the Iowa campus sometime in August.
Gipson really has watched his recruitment pick up since the Pangos All-American Camp earlier this month. West Virginia and Cal offered him a scholarship recently as well as several other PAC-10 schools.
"I think (the scouts) noticed my rebounding skills and my hard work," Gipson said of Pangos. "There was one game where I wasn't making my shots, but I still got 12 rebounds."
Gipson said that defense and rebounding rank ahead of offense in his game and on his mind.
"Offense really isn't my focus," said Gipson, who is being recruited as a four.
"Academic success and graduation rate are two things I'm closely looking at," Gipson said. "I also am interested in the people that came out of that college and did something. Reputation of the school also is important."
Gipson intends to study communications or sports management in college. He said that he doesn't have a favorite among his choices at this point but likes Kansas State, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Cal quite a bit.