Super Showcase: Gibson sets the bar high

ORLANDO -- Daniel Gibson isn't really satisfied with his performance thus far, but he'll have another chance to redeem himself.

"I've been horrible," Gibson said. "I just haven't been playing my game. I'm not playing how I normally play, but hopefully it'll come around."

The 6-3 combo guard, who hasn't shot as well as he would have liked, will get a chance for revenge against All-Ohio Red when the two teams battle in the semifinals of the Super Showcase on Thursday night.

The teams met at the Peach Jam, with All-Ohio Red and cat-quick point guard Andrew Lavender pulling the upset.

Gibson has been at his best while running the Houston Hoops squad, but the problem is that Tack Minor has been sharing the ballhandling duties – and that has meant Gibson hasn't gotten involved quite as much as he should.

"It has kept me off-balance a little bit," he said. "When I play point guard, I just try to keep everybody happy."

When Gibson is running the show, his teammates get open looks. He has gotten into the lane almost whenever he wants and then either finishes strong or dishes to an open teammate for an easy bucket.

The other facet of Gibson's game that has been working is his 3-point shot – often from NBA range. Defenders have to sag off because they are afraid he will beat them into the lane, and Gibson needs little room to get off his 3-point shot.

Gibson finished with 16 points in Houston Hoops' 80-70 victory over Spiece in the quarterfinals. Through six games, he's averaging 15.2 points, and has hit nine threes.

Gibson said he's only considering four schools at this point – Arkansas, North Carolina, Texas and Kentucky.

"I grew up watching North Carolina and I've been wanting to go there since I was 6," he added. "I'd love to play in the same arena that Michael Jordan played."

However, Gibson said he has a great relationship with Texas coach Rick Barnes, that he really enjoyed watching Arkansas coach Stan Heath on his NCAA tournament run with Kent State – and that he is very close with Kentucky assistant Reggie Hanson.

He is fully aware of the numerous commitments that have taken place with the Class of 2004 – and that will speed up his process.

"I plan on making my decision a little earlier," Gibson said. "Probably during this school year."


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