Aside from the laundry list of adjectives a person can use to describe the 6-3, 195-pound junior -- who is definitely 6-3 and pretty strong for his size -- one somewhat indefinable trait that can measure a player's worth is the term "clutch". And while some people have it, others don't. Saturday afternoon in the Bayou City, though, Gibson showed he had a bit of "clutch" in his game to go along with all his other standout skills.
In the fourth quarter, Houston Sharpstown (the home team) won't go away after scrapping, fighting, clawing their way throughout the contest to keep it close. And 5:30 on the clock, the home team found itself within three points of Gibson's Houston Jones team.
With Sharpstown one possession away from tying the game, 54-all, Gibson got the ball on the baseline, drew a foul, and calmly stepped up to the stripe, sinking both. Jones up by five, 56-51.
Later, with Jones clinging to just a 3-point lead with only 4:30 remaining in the game, Gibson, from way out, stroked the net with an NBA-range three from the left-wing. Jones now leading by six, 63-57.
But with 3:30 on the clock, Sharpstown still refused to go away, down by only four, 65-61. Gibson, though, drained another NBA-range trifecta from the top of the key. Jones 68, Sharpstown 61.
After both teams traded threes, Sharpstown triggered a run by adding another trey after stealing an in-bound pass. Next, a lay-up. And off another steal, Sharpstown got a trip to the free throw line with a chance to tie the game. Sharpstown, though, converted only the front end of a one-and-one that put them within a point of tying the game at 71-all.
Gibson, with his team in the bonus, then drew a non-shooting foul. He missed the front end of a one-and-one, but grabbed his own rebound (one of his team-high eight boards), worked the paint, drew a foul as he hit the shot and calmy knocked down one from the charity stripe to make it a two possession game! Jones 74, Sharpstown 70.
Gibson, went to work on the defensive end, picking a pocket (one of his team-high four steals) that resulted in a coast-to-coast lay-up for a 76-70 advantage.
After Sharpstown missed on its ensuing possession, Gibson drew another non-shooting foul, where he only managed to hit the front end of a one-and one. But on the defensive end, he blocked a shot (one of his two blocks on the game), regained possession of the ball while in the air and flipped a beautiful outlet pass -- almost the full length of the court -- where his teammate layed it up and in with a 1:20 to play building Jones' lead to nine points.
Gibson's stats: 34 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks, 4 turnovers and 2 missed lay-ups. But don't forget the fourth quarter crunch-time buckets needed to answer the unrelenting runs made by a gangly Sharpstown squad.
And with only a minute left to play and the game finally out of reach, Gibson gave his teammates the rock instead of choosing to pad his own stats.
Schools in contention for his signature?
Speculation at this point has Gibson leaning to Texas.
"Yes, I would say Texas leads."
We'll have more on Daniel Gibson soon.