Kyle Gibson: True Bulldog

Kyle Gibson showed signs early in his career that he could be great at Louisiana Tech.

Kyle Gibson came to Louisiana Tech in 2006-2007. He was a freshman on a team of seniors that had brought in the previous year to play around Paul Millsap. When Millsap left a year early for the NBA, the Bulldogs were left without their leader.

Kyle Gibson scored in double figures a few times early in his freshman year. He scored 11 against Saint Louis and he had thirteen against Southern Illinois. The Los Angeles native put in sixteen first half points against Texas Tech in Ruston. When conference play began, Gibson was left on the bench for pretty much the rest of the season. He ended up scoring 4.5 points per game in 21 total games.

When Kerry Rupp took over the following season, he knew he had to rebuild the roster. Olu Ashaolu, Magnum Rolle, Kenneth Cooper, and Jamel White were brought in to upgrade the talent level at Louisiana Tech. That season, the sophomore Gibson led a team of freshmen, walkons, and career bench players to a 6 win season. Gibson, a 6'4" shooting guard, had to play power forward the entire season. He embraced his role and ended up with 16.5 points per game. Gibson had fifteen points and fifteen rebounds against Mississippi State.

The next season, the transfers were eligible and the Bulldogs were poised to have a breakout year. The team's two point guards, Jamel White and Jonathan Clark were dismissed from the team. Gibson ended up taking on most of the ball handling duties for Coach Rupp. Gibson still managed to lead the team to 15 wins as he again averaged over 16 points per game.

Junior College All-American Point Guard DeAndre Brown joined Louisiana Tech this season and Gibson was able to team up with Jamel Guyton on the perimeter. Gibson is averaging 19.8 points per game while shooting over 40% from the field. The senior guard is only 6 assists behing team leader DeAndre Brown.

Louisiana Tech has again increased dramatically in wins under Coach Rupp. The Bulldogs are 21-7 with three games left in the season. A big part of the team's success has been Kyle Gibson's hard work and unselfishness over the years. With Magnum Rolle transferring in and buying in, the stage was set for Coach Rupp to have success. Gibson and Rolle have been an unstopable tandem this season.

Kyle Gibson left the game early on Thursday night against Boise State with an ankle injury. Gibson had just six points at the time of his injury, dropping his scoring average just under 20 points per game. Saturday night is senior night against Idaho. All Bulldog fans should come out to honor Kyle Gibson. Even if he is not able to play in his final game,Gibson should know that the Louisiana Tech family is proud of him.

It was by chance that Kyle Gibson made it to Lousisiana Tech. Formner USC coach Tim Floyd recommended his alma mater to Gibson and the rest is history, Gibson is eigth on Louisiana Tech's all time scoring list. Gibson is just behind Karl Malone and Paul Millsap on the list.

Saturday will also be a chance to honor Malone and his 1985 teammates from the Bulldogs sweet sixteen run in the NCAA tournament. It's hard to believe it has been 25 years since that accomplishment.

Louisiana Tech is back in the basketball business thanks to Coasch Rupp, Kyle Gibson, Karl Malone, Magnum Rolle, and so many others. Come out on Saturday to thank Kyle Gibson, Magnum Rolle, Jamel Guyton, and David Jackson on senior night. Guyton's tenacity and Jackson's versatility have really meshed well with Brown, Gibson, Ashaolu, and Rolle to form a really strong starting starting five and sixth man unit.

Tip-off for Saturday's game against Idaho is set for 7pm CST.

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