Gibson: one of the best in 2004

<i>Inside Carolina</i>'s Jeff Goodman introduces Carolina fans to Daniel Gibson, a sophomore guard from Texas who has quickly become one of the hottest commodities on this year's AAU circuit.

No one has boosted their stock more than Daniel Gibson over the first two months of the AAU season.

The Jesse Jones High (Texas) do-it-all sophomore guard looked good at the Nike All-American Camp last July, but it was nothing compared to his showing at the Boo Williams Tournament and at the Kingwood Classic. His recent play has nearly elevated him to Sebastian Telfair-level status as the top guard in the Class of 2004.

The 6-2 1/2, 185-pound Gibson displayed the ability to knock down the 3-pointer, get to the basket and finish and also handle the ball well enough to play the point. He makes good decisions and is extremely poised, well beyond his years, for just a rising junior. If there is a flaw in his game, there's probably room for improvement on defense.

It seems as though each onlooker picks out a different part of his game that stands out, but Gibson has his personal preferences.

"I play extremely hard and I shoot the ball pretty good – from everywhere," he said.

And he isn't kidding.

Gibson averaged 26.8 points, five boards, four steals and three assists last season as a sophomore and also knocked down 85 trifectas for Jesse Shelton's team.

"His goal is to be a point guard, but he's played mainly off-guard for us," Shelton said. "But in the next two seasons, he'll be our point guard because I want to prepare him for the next level."

Gibson said that the most active schools pursuing him have been Kentucky, Texas and Houston. Alabama, Duke and UNLV have also started to show interest. However, his co-favorites at this time are Texas and North Carolina.

"I want to go somewhere that they'll make me go to class and where I can fit into their style of play," said Gibson, who is mild-mannered, carries a 3.97 GPA and has a realistic goal is being the class valedictorian.

Gibson is a self-proclaimed gym rat who said when he's not at the gym, he's in his backyard shooting jumpers.

"He's the type of kid who leads by example and is not very vocal," added Shelton. "I'm trying to get him to be a little more vocal."

Gibson, who turned 16 a few months ago, will continue to tour the country this summer with Hal Pastner's Houston Hoops program.

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