Indiana in the mix for 2011 point guard Sterling Gibbs

  • 04/21/2010 9:45 pm in

One name Indiana fans will likely become more familiar with over the coming months is Seton Hall Prep (NJ) point guard Sterling Gibbs.

The 6-3, 180-pound Gibbs is coming off a fantastic junior season in which he averaged 23 points and five assists per game. Seton Hall Prep finished the season 27-3, falling to St. Peter’s Prep 64-54 in the North Jersey Non-Public A Final.

Gibbs, who considers himself more of a pure point guard than a scoring guard, said he experienced noticeable improvement in his game from his sophomore to his junior season.

“I think the main part was understanding the game more,” Gibbs told Inside the Hall. “I understand to take what the defense gives me and if I get my teammates open shots, then my offense will come into the mix and it’ll be a lot easier for me to score if my teammates are scoring as well.”

While his scoring numbers were impressive, Gibbs, the No. 22 point guard in his class according to Scout.com, is more focused on making his teammates better and winning.

“I can score when needed,” he said. “I like to get my teammates involved in the game. Overall, I just like winning. That’s the main thing for me.”

With his brother Ashton in the midst of a successful career at Pittsburgh, many believe that the younger Gibbs could follow in his footsteps. But that might not necessarily be the case.

“My brother being at Pitt, it definitely helps, but at the same time, I’m not going to base my decision off of that,” Gibbs said. “I’m not going to say just because he’s there that I’m going to go there. It is a hard adjustment going into your freshman season at a college, and him being there would help, but I don’t think his success would be the same as mine because we play a totally different game.”

The Panthers, along with Indiana, Florida, Maryland, Seton Hall, Rutgers and DePaul, have already extended scholarship offers.

“Indiana started recruiting me early last year,” he said. “Coach Crean came up to a couple of practices with former Coach McLeod. They both came up to a couple of practices, came to a couple of games, saw me play at camp. They’re definitely interested. They offered me a scholarship and I’m definitely really interested in Indiana.”

While Gibbs said the departure of Roshown McLeod from the coaching staff may have been a factor initially, he remains interested in the program and talks often with Tom Crean.

“At first it was, because I developed a real close relationship with Coach McLeod,” Gibbs said. “I would talk to him a lot. He was the main one recruiting me along with Coach Crean. Now I’m pretty sure they are going to hire somebody really good to take his position so it’s not really that much of a factor. I talked to Coach Crean a couple of weeks ago. He calls a good amount and I definitely am in contact with him a lot.”

Gibbs does not have a timetable for a decision, but he could see the Bloomington campus as early as May if his NY Panthers team makes the trip for the adidas May Classic, which is a possibility.

“I definitely plan on coming to visit the campus,” he said. “I think I’m just going to wait to see. I really like the schools that are interested in me and have offered me so far, but I just want to sit down with my parents, discuss everything and narrow my list down soon and take it from there.”

(Photo credit: Rivals.com)

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  • marcusgresham

    He's one of the only true point guards left in this class that has Indiana on his list. Even Jeremiah Davis is listed as a shooting guard by Rivals. I've been clamoring for a big guy just like everyone else, but I'd be happy to see the both of them in cream and crimson.

  • marsh21

    Seems like a great player and person but we just need one point guard in the 2011 class not two.

  • walton

    if he is that talented of a point guard and can score – check, yes, take him

  • unclekerfuffle

    Gibbs comments on how he views the role of the point guard reminds me of Zeke's attitude. When you look at this scoring, it usually came after he involved other players.

    Sounds like a good get if everything else is in order such as grades.

  • Uncle Kerfuffle

    I apologize for the typos. I should not do anything that involves motor skills prior to my third cup of coffee.

  • Kelin Blab

    So is everyone fired up for the teague announcement today?

  • Outoftheloop

    Right now we have 0!

  • IUDan

    Only in as much as it might begin a chain of other announcements. I don't think we'll get him, but hopefully a player like Davis will come since Teague will now be “off the table” so to speak. I know the players say these things aren't related, but they are.

    I hope we get some good news soon and get some momentum going into summer.

  • JerryCT

    To me I sense that winning in the college game has made a subtle shift toward emphasis on defense and half court offensive efficiency and away from high risk turnover prone offense . My anecdotal evidence is 1) guys like Bennett and Brownell hired in the ACC 2) Duke vs Butler plus WVU , MSU in the final 4, 3) successful teams in the B10 and BEAST.

    In this sense and if true, Gibbs could be the best recruit we have discussed so far at point guard …….. a Nored ( Butler ) type of player. The video I saw of him showed 2-3 steals for example and his mindset is for the classic screen/cut point guard delivering the right pass to the right player

  • JerryCT

    Yes we also need guys to get to the lane but the better the other team's defense the less this works thus ……. back to the future ………. did we interview Dick Bennett for the assistant job ? …….. too bad

  • walton

    I had completely forgotten, but………..yes – I am fired up – there really is always a possibility

  • eph521

    “Overall, I like winning” – what's not to like about a kid who enjoys sharing the ball and playing defense.

  • HoosierChan77

    Does anyone know what time Teague will make his choice to head south of Evansville?

  • eph521

    1:30 EST…

  • marcusgresham

    South of Evansville? He's going to WKU? jk

  • knoxvillehoosier

    I just saw that Indiana was not represented on the last day of recruiting with Jeremiah Davis. I am not trying to bash Crean and staff, so does anyone know why they were there? I know they were the only one there on the first day.

  • Bryan

    Not that this has to do with Sterling Gibbs, but the NCAA just announced their new TV deal. Best news – only a 68 team tourney, not 96. And some of the 1st and 2nd round games will be on TNT and TBS, with the Final Four rotating between Turner and CBS year-to-year.

  • Taskmaster75

    Wow, that's pretty excellent. Surprised CBS would share coverage.

  • Hardwood83

    That is good news all around- no 96 team fiasco and more TV coverage without ESPN pimping it out.

  • Bryan

    From what I've read, the only way CBS was going to outbid ESPN was to add Turner as a partner. I'm not sure who Turner is going to trot out to actually call these games, but anything that means I'm less reliant on CBS switching from game to game, without buying a high end DirecTV package makes me happy.