Gibbs Still Drawing Terp Interest

Looking at the list of players on whom the Terps coaching staff is focusing it's Class of 2008 recruiting efforts, it's quite clear they want to bring in a highly skilled combo guard to compliment their current backcourt corps. One of those players is Seton Hall Prep (NJ) guard Ashton Gibbs.

Ashton Gibbs is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound scorer whom the Terps first spotted last spring while he was playing in a tournament on campus. He, along with Delaware's Jarrett Mann, Brian Walsh of Pa. and Baltimore standout Sean Mosley form a group from which the Terps could very likely end up signing the aforementioned guard.

As a sophomore at Seton Hall, Gibbs averaged 15.3 points, including more than two 3-pointers per game and an 85-percent free-throw shooting mark. Like the other players on UMD's list, he can handle the ball and score in a vareity of ways, thus shedding any specific label as a point guard or shotting guard.

"He's a combination guard. I don't use him as much at point guard because I need his scoring," Seton Hall coach Bob Farrell said.

"He can score in a lot of different ways, but he's a very good three-point shooter and he's very strong," Farrell said of Gibbs, who is a former football player.

Gibbs has been hearing from a lot of Big East teams, including early offers from Georgetown and home-state Rutgers. But with the Hoyas recently taking a verbal from '08 combo Jason Clark, it seems a less likely destination for Gibbs. He did, however, visit Georgetown for Midnight Madness and he will trip to Pittsburgh on Nov. 4. He could come down to College Park for one of the remaining football games but he has no other visits set in stone for the near future.

Terps assistant Chuck Driesell has been to Seton Hall Prep on several occasions to watch Gibbs, including a practice visit about two weeks ago. It's clear that Driesell is making a priority of being seen in gyms up and down the East Coast in order to procure the best talent available.

Farrell does not have a personal relationship with Terps coach Gary Williams, although Williams did recruit a few players from the high school while at Boston College, and former Terps walk-on Darien Henry was a Seton Hall alum as well.

Gibbs was his team's sixth man as a freshman and will end up a three-year starter. Last year he teammed with current Maryland linebacker Alex Wujciak to lead the school to a state championship. He's wide open right now but is not likely to remain on the market for a long time.

"He'll probably commit early," Farrell said. "I don't expect him to go past this summer."

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