Gibson names favorite after attending U of L camp

6-foot-9 Taj Gibson, an athletic shotblocker from Brooklyn, NY, took home top honors from Rick Pitino's elite summer basketball camp this weekend. One of the fastest rising players in the nation, Gibson also was ready to name a favorite following his weekend in Louisville.

Taj Gibson, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Stoneridge (CA) Prep made quite an impression over the weekend at the University of Louisville's elite summer basketball camp.

One of the fastest rising prospects in the country , Gibson, who earned All-Tournament honors at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions last month after averaging nearly 20 points per game, took home the camps top honor for his efforts.

"It went real good, and I had a great time," said Gibson of U of L's camp. "The whole experience was really good and I had a lot of fun. I also won the Mr. Cardinal award for the best player in camp. So it was a great experience."

Gibson, an athletic shotblocker, said his current top three schools are Louisville, UCONN, and Pittsburgh, and claimed scholarship offers from Louisville, UCONN, Pittsburgh, USC, Arizona, Boston College, and St. John's. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, it's apparent from his list that playing in the Big East will factor heavily into his decision.

Gibson told Inside The Ville that
Louisville is his current leader.

"I'm open and I want to take my time and weigh my options," Gibson said. "Coach Pitino told me this weekend how much they want me to come there. For sure, Louisville is at the top of my list. Right now they're my favorite."

Gibson also said he also had a good relationship with his chief recruiter from Louisville - new assistant Marvin Menzies.

"He's real cool and very open and honest," Gibson said of Menzies. "He's a good guy."

One other factor that could play into Louisville's favor with Gibson is his former AAU teammate and Cardinal commit Edgar Sosa. Gibson and Sosa spent three years playing together for the New York Gauchos, and Gibson acknowledged his familiarity with the 6-foot-2 Bronx, NY native could factor into his decision.

"I know him (Sosa) real well because we used to play for the Gauchos for a few years," Gibson said of Sosa. "I want to talk with my mom and dad about my recruitment when I get back home next week."

Gibson also said he might take an un-official visit to one of the Cardinals Big East rivals next month.

"I might visit UCONN next month," he said. "Probably after ABCD."

Gibson will finish classes in California this week, then head back to New York for the summer. He'll play at the NBA Players Camp in Richmond, VA later this month, before participating in next month's Reebok ABCD Camp in Teaneck, NJ.

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