"I play forward. I'm pretty athletic. I can run and I can shoot. I also play with my back to the basket and facing the basket," stated Zach Gibson earlier this evening.
South Florida and several MAC schools, including Toledo, Central Michigan, and Eastern Michigan had offered Gibson a scholarship. Though Gibson initially favored Michigan State his weekend experience at Rutgers proved to be enough to sway his opinion to the east coast.
Gibson just recently turned 17 years old, this past September 7th. That would lead fans to think that the young big man may not be done growing. Indeed, though he currently lists himself at 6-9 and 195, he is projected to be at least an inch or two taller by the time he is finished with his physical maturation.
"I'll probably put on a few more inches and definitely add more pounds."
Gibson was a member of the Michigan Mustangs AAU team.
"I played on the 16 and under team because they're actually better than the 17 and over team."
Being from Michigan, Gibson is familiar with another Rutgers incoming recruit: Danny Waterstradt. "He's a good guy. He's pretty good also, and he's big."
Was there anything in particular that jumped out at Gibson while he was enjoying himself this past weekend at Rutgers?
"I had a really good time this past weekend. I spent time with the coaches, with specific people, like the strength and conditioning coach, the academic deans. First we went to dinner and then we went to the movies, on Friday. Then the next day we went to the ESPN Zone to eat." That had been Gibson's first trip to the famed City that never sleeps, one he thoroughly seemed to enjoy.
But in the end, it seemed that Gibson's budding relationship to Coach Gary Waters was what made the final decision easy for him.
"The coaching staff is great. Coach Waters works pretty well with the type of player I am and he develops them very well. And that's why I am coming."
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