The Maryland Terrapins picked up their first commitment for the 2011 class less than an hour ago, as New Jersey point guard Sterling Gibbs told the coaches he was going to be a Terp. He was also considering offers from DePaul, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Saint John's, and Seton Hall.
"I just felt it was the situation for me, and I'm really excited for it," Gibbs said in a phone interview.
Gibbs, a 6'0", 170 pound point guard from West Orange, NJ, attends Seton Hall Preparatory School. The junior, who is averaging over 20 points a game with his assist numbers nearing double digits, is a skilled player who handles the ball remarkably well. What he also brings to the game is his passion, something the Terps will be missing with the departure of Greivis Vasquez.
"I'm a fiery player," he said. "And I have a lot of emotion, and coach Gary Williams is the same way. It's a great situation."
Gibbs seems to like everything about Maryland as a school, and can't wait to step on to campus. With Eric Hayes and Vasquez graduating this year and Adrian Bowie leaving after next, Gibbs will be in a battle for the point guard spot with incoming freshmen Pe'Shon Howard and Terrell Stoglin.
"I like the campus," he said. "I like the academics, I definitely like that it's not too far from my house, it's three and a half, four hours away, so my parents will be able to come to every home game. I live out of state, so I get to meet a lot of new people, and at the same time it's not too far from home, I don't really want to be far from home, Maryland's just a great place and I'm excited about going there."
One of the biggest parts in Gibbs' commitment to the Terps is the presence of coach Gary Williams. Williams attitude and success have both had quite an impression on the young point guard.
"I love coach Gary Williams," he said. "I was able to watch a lot of their games, and I just love his fire, and he loves his players and he just wills his team to victory. I love his personality, off the court he's a loving guy, he's a guy who cracks jokes all the time. He's around the team all the time, it's definitely a friendly environment."
Gibbs had nothing but praise for the rest of the Terps in place, both present and future.
"I think the players definitely fit well," he said. "Pe'Shon Howard, he's a great guard, Stoglin, he's a real good guy, I actually had a chance to see them play at the Capital Classic, they're definitely really good players. Jordan Williams will still be there, he's been great this past year, Sean Mosley will still be there, and Ashton is great too. I think it'll definitely be a great team that competes for the ACC, without a doubt, and I love competition, I just love the whole situation."
Without a doubt, Terps fans love the whole situation as well.
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