Hoops Recruiting: Gibson 'The Complete Package'

As promised, <I>IT</I> is bringing you more hoops recruiting coverage on Houston Jones standout Daniel Gibson.

After playing the 3-spot the last two years (freshman and sophomore years on varsity), Daniel Gibson moved to the point this season to be the team's floor leader. Averaging 27 points, 4 steals, 5 boards, 5 assists and 2 blocks a game, the 6-3, 195-pound guard can keep the stat-man busy.

"He's a phenomenal athlete," Houston Jones head basketball coach Jesse Shelton said. "And he's the complete package."

After witnessing perhaps the state's best 2-guard/point-man's 34-point outburst this past weekend, I can vouch for the fact that kid can really shoot the rock. As can his coach.

"Oh, he shoots the ball extremely well and he has tremendous range," Shelton said. "He's got excellent vision and handles the ball really well. He advances the ball and makes good decisions."

But does he have mad hops?

"He can get up, has excellent jumping ability, but I don't know what his vertical is," the Jones head man said. "But just a ballpark figure... 36-40 inches."

Gibson's a scorer who will likely play the point or the off-guard position. He's working at point because that's what he wants to play on the collegiate level.

"Daniel was knockin' down 27 points-a-game as a sophomore, but he had some good teammates where he was able to benefit from their talents as well," Shelton said. "This year, he's pretty much running the show."

"What makes his game so devastating is the fact that he's a triple-threat from the top of the key or from the baseline," Shelton continued. "He can dish, hit the outside shot or take it to the rack. And he's so unselfish, he knows he'll get it back and that's something you just don't see."

Rumors swirling have Gibson leaning to Texas and his coach backs that up.

Asked if he'd say the Horns were in the lead, Shelton said, "Yes, I would."

The coach explains: "Texas is playing some good basketball right now under Rick Barnes. And Gibson's liked Texas since making the last two summer camps in Austin. That's when I think he started liking Texas. Obviously, he enjoyed the camps. And he really got a chance to see what the coaches were like. He enjoyed the environment there (Forty Acres) and has really liked them (Longhorns) the last two years."

We'll have our recent post-game interview with Gibson in the next installment of the Inside Texas Inside Scoop.

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