Gibbs, Maryland Impressed with Each Other

TSR's Matt Birchenough talks to hoops prospect Sterling Gibbs about his interest in Maryland.

Sterling Gibbs was familiar with Maryland basketball even before becoming a coveted point guard of the class of 2011.

“I watched Maryland games even back to when Juan Dixon was there,” said Gibbs, a junior at Seton Hall Preparatory in West Orange, New Jersey. As a recruit, Gibbs has undoubtedly become even more familiar with the program.

He has talked with members of the Maryland coaching staff, who have been impressed with his skills. “I have a good relationship with Coach (Chuck) Drissell and Coach (Keith) Booth,” Gibbs said. “I didn't meet Coach Williams until later. He came up to my school to watch me play.”

Why is Maryland showing so much interest in Gibbs? “They like that I can make plays,” he said. In addition to being a playmaker, Gibbs said his strengths include shooting as well as his ability to run the team and get his teammates involved in the offense.

Gibbs prefers an up-tempo style of play and likes that Maryland looks to push the ball.

The Terps' defensive style has made Gibbs determined to improve that part of his game. “I will have to play a lot of defense if I go to Maryland, because I know they like to apply full court pressure,” he said. Offensively, the point guard is looking to improve his pull-up jumper.

Gibbs took an unofficial visit to Maryland for the Terps' football game against James Madison. While he enjoyed the game, he was most impressed by the school's campus.

“I really liked the campus. It's huge,” he said. “My parents were really impressed by it.”

Gibbs said he likes that the school will provide him an opportunity to study sports medicine. He also finds the entire academic environment impressive. “They will make you stay on top of things there,” he said.

Academics will play a key role in Gibbs' choice, though other factors will come into play. “I want my parents to see me play, even if it's just on TV. If they could come to the games, that would be great,” he said. The point guard also said that he wants the basketball program he chooses to become a “second family” to him.

Gibbs has heard from several schools including Seton Hall; Indiana; Rutgers; Oklahoma; and DePaul, but he does not have any favorites yet. “They are all at an equal level at this point,” he said.

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