6-9 Taj Gibson says U of L one of two favorites

Chapel Hill -- 6-9 Taj Gibson is one of the top shot blockers in the America. He helped lead the SoCal All-Stars to the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions over the weekend. Originally from Brooklyn, the athletic Gibson said he'd like to move back east for college. In fact, he named two Big East schools as his favorites, and said he'll attend one of those programs summer camps early next month.

6-foot-9 Taj Gibson from Stoneridge Prep in Tarzana, California enjoyed quite a nice weekend at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

Besides providing the inside presence the SoCal All-Stars needed to win the tournament's title Sunday afternoon - Gibson had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocked shots in the semi-finals, and 19 points in the championship - Gibson also showed he's one of the top shot blockers on the AAU circuit.

Orginally from Brooklyn, New York, Gibson has spent the past two years attending school on the west coast. But with family still living in New York, Gibson said he's looking to find somewhere closer to home for college.

And he'll plenty of options to do just that when the time comes.


Gibson earned All-Tournament
honors in North Carolina.

"Most of the Big East, a few ACC (schools), and most of the PAC-10 are recruiting me," Gibson said. "But I'd like to go back east for college."

Gibson's current list is dotted heavily with Big East conference schools, and the 205-pound athlete claims two favorites from the tough east coast league.

"My top two right now are Louisville and Cincinnati," Gibson said. "I also like Pittsburgh. UCONN, USC, Cincinnati and Louisville have already offered, but my favorites right now are Louisville and Cincinnati."

Scout.com analyst Dave Telep believes Gibson could have an impact at the Big East level.

"He can contribute in the Big East because he blocks shots, rebounds, and runs the court," said Telep. "He just needs to add strength to his body."

Gibson said Louisville's began expressing interest after the Kindwood Classic in Houston, TX in April. That's apparently when Louisville coach Rick Pitino called Gibson to express interest. Gibson said he's highly interested in Louisville, too. In fact, he'll visit Louisville in early June to attend Pitino's summer camp.

"Coach Pitino called me after Kingwood and told me he was really interested in me," Gibson said. "I'm going to attend Louisville's camp."

"I like that (Louisville) has a good coach that's going to make me a better player," Gibson said. "I can't wait to go see Louisville."

Gibson knows he needs to improve some things before college.

"I need to gain weight and build my body up," Gibson said. "And I need to work on my jump shot."


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