Gibbs To Transfer

Texas announced Tuesday that freshman guard Sterling Gibbs will transfer after the end of the spring semester.

Gibbs played in 30 of the Longhorns' 34 games, averaging 2.6 points and 0.7 assists in 7.5 minutes per contest.

Gibbs displayed a nice shooting touch during his limited minutes, hitting 24-of-53 shots (.453) and 13-of-35 three pointers (.371). Gibbs also was a good free throw shooter, making 17-of-22 free-throw attempts (.773). Gibbs had his best game in mid-December, when he poured in 14 points against Nicholls State on 5-for-5 shooting, including 3-of-3 shooting from distance.

But Gibbs couldn't ever establish himself as the Longhorns' No. 2 point guard, with J'Covan Brown taking most of the repetitions at the position when fellow freshman Myck Kabongo was out. And with the Longhorns adding two potential point guards in the 2012 class in Javan Felix and DeMarcus Holland, playing time wasn't going to get any easier.

Still, Gibbs, brother of Pittsburgh star Ashton Gibbs and a New Jersey native, said the decision was about more than basketball.

"I've had a great year at Texas," Gibbs said. "I've improved as a basketball player and as a person during my time here. If my decision had to do with basketball only, I would not be leaving Texas. But my decision is family-related and involves more than basketball."

His departure means that the Longhorns have a projected two scholarship openings remaining for the 2012-2013 season.

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