Gibbs adds seven offers

Junior point guard Sterling Gibbs is receiving interest from some of the top programs in the country.

Sterling Gibbs is getting better at running his team, he says. The point guard from Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, NJ) has backed up his claims, as his team has gone 20-1 behind his leadership.

24 points and 7 assists a game help too.

Gibbs, a junior, is not very big. He's 6 feet even and weighs 170 pounds. What he lacks in size he makes up for in production and skill, and many big programs are beginning to take notice.

Recently, according to Gibbs, he's received scholarship offers from Maryland, St. John's, Seton Hall, Rutgers, DePaul, Indiana and Pittsburgh. His wealth of offers from the Big East, arguably the NCAA's toughest conference, might have something to do with the talent hotbed where he plays now - Northern New Jersey.

“[Playing here] definitely prepares me because you're always playing a good player and a good team at all times,” Gibbs said. “Whenever you lace up your sneakers, you need to come to play or you'll get exposed. That's the same way in college, at any level. You get exposed.”

Gibbs has been exposed, but schools are starting to see his potential, and he says he's always trying to get better.

“I'm still working on improving more to get to the next level,” he said. “I think it's about making the right passes, setting up your teammates, putting all the players in the right situation, knowing when to score and when to run the team.”

Gibbs said that the schools recruiting him the hardest at this point are Maryland, St. John's, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh and Virginia. He also said West Virginia and Florida are also expressing some interest. He said he doesn't have a favorite and will likely make a decision at the end of this season.

Gibbs already took an unofficial visit to Maryland and plans to do so again after the season.

“I liked the big campus,” said Gibbs of College Park. “I thought that was really a plus. All the players seem really cool, Coach Williams and Coach Booth seemed really down to Earth, and they're a coaching staff I'd love to be around for four years. It was overall a great visit.”

If Gibbs were to choose Maryland, he'd have to share the backcourt with 2010 signee Terrell Stoglin, who, at 6 feet and 165 pounds, is very similar in stature to Gibbs.

“I think [Stoglin and I] would be able to play together,” Gibbs said. “It's not like I haven't played with another point guard, and I'm sure he has at some point too. I think we'd be able to complement each other and just make each other better.”

Gibbs said he compares his game to that of D.J. Augustin, the backup point guard for the Charlotte Bobcats and former star at the University of Texas, who is also a small player.

“I think [Augustin] knows when to score and when to run a team,” said Gibbs. “He's not a real quick guy but he knows how to use his speed and he can shoot a pull up or the three.”

Being a high-profile basketball recruit, Gibbs said he's read what the scouts say about him, but that they overlook his three-point shooting and slashing ability.

“I think I'm able to get in the lane and my jump shot's getting better,” he said, “those are two aspects of my game that are pretty good.”

TerrapinTimes Top Stories