Louisville in mix with Gibbs?

Sterling Gibbs, a 2011 point guard from Scotch Plains (NJ) Seton Hall Prep, officially received a release from his national letter of intent with Maryland Thursday afternoon. Now, Gibbs is searching for a new school. Is Louisville an option?

Sterling Gibbs, a 2011 point guard from Scotch Plains (NJ) Seton Hall Prep, officially received a release from his national letter of intent with Maryland Thursday afternoon.

Gibbs was all set to play for the Terrapins, but Gary Williams' unexpected retirement, and the subsequent hiring of Mark Turgeon, former head coach at Texas A&M, has Gibbs in the process of finding a new school.

Since receiving his release, coaches from Notre Dame, Texas and Seton Hall have already called the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Gibbs to express interest. The three-star point guard is sure to hear from more schools, including Louisville, as word gets out about that he's received his release.

"They have been contacting my AAU coach, Gary Charles," Gibbs said of the Cardinals. "Since I just got the release this afternoon not many coaches knew that I officially have received the release. I expect to hear from them soon."

Gibbs, whose brother Ashton plays for Pittsburgh, said he's interested in Louisville, and Louisville assistant Richard Pitino called Gibbs AAU coach, Gary Charles, earlier this week to express interest. The Cardinals are searching for a point guard to round out their roster for next season.

"I like Louisville," Gibbs said. "I have watched them play a couple times and I actually have a pretty good relationship with Chris Smith, who is currently on the Louisville team, and also Derrick Caracter, who went there. I know a lot about Louisville."

Gibbs is not planning to drag out the process of selecting a new school.

"I've still got four official visits that I'm able to take," Gibbs said. "I know that the dead-period is next week so I plan on trying to act fast, try to schedule visits and see who is interested in having me come to their school and [figure out] what's the best situation."

Gibbs said he's not sure what schools he'll visit. "Me and my family will sit down tonight and figure it all out," Gibbs said. "I'm looking for an environment where it can be home away from home and a coach me and my family can trust, and a place where I can fit into their system. I'm looking for a good academics and good overall school."

Though Gibbs indicated that he is "still considering Maryland," Gary Charles says that Louisville, Texas, Seton Hall, Providence, Dayton and Notre Dame are the schools under consideration.

"No schools are standing out over the others," Gibbs said. "I like the Big East. My brother plays in the Big East, but I don't have any favorite conference right now. I'd say they [schools] are all at the same level right now."

A three-star prospect, Gibbs had offers from Florida, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Rutgers and Seton Hall before signing with Maryland.

"Sterling Gibbs is a high character young man," Charles said. "He'll go down as one of the best young men to ever wear the schools uniform. He'll look you in the eyes and say, ‘Yes, sir, No, sir.'

"He wants to get better. He'll be in the gym. He's a solid point guard who needs to keep working on the trajectory of his shot. But he can shoot the jumper and find open guys. He's a solid player."


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