Basketball Recruiting

Sterling Gibbs: Hooked By The Horns

Over the weekend Texas hosted Seton Hall Prep senior point guard Sterling Gibbs. Gibbs, a former Maryland commit, says that it didn’t take long for him to get hooked on the Horns. On Monday evening he officially committed to the University of Texas.
Gibbs says the main reason for his commitment to Texas is due to his relationship with the coaches, especially Rob Lanier. Lanier was recruiting him while at Florida and continued to do so when he came to Texas.“I’m really close with Coach Rob Lanier and also Coach Barnes,” said Gibbs. “I really trust them. They made me feel really comfortable and it was hard to turn down an opportunity like that.”On Sunday night, after his visit to Texas was over, Gibbs weighed his options. He decided that not only was the coaching top notch, but that there were other important factors he really liked as well. “I originally decided last night,” Gibbs told Inside Texas. “But I waited to make it public today. The facilities are great and I really liked the academic advisor. She really stays on the players and always makes sure they are always on top of things.”The New Jersey point guard joins the likes of Julien Lewis, Kevin Thomas, Sheldon McClellan, Johnathan Holmes and heralded point guard Myck Kabongo to make up the 2011 class. While him and Kabongo play the same position, both are looking forward to playing with each other. “Me and Myck Kabongo are cool,” said Gibbs. “We know each other’s goals and plan to feed off of each other.”Kabongo tweeted on Sunday that Gibbs was “hook’d” and says he’s also recruiting former Maryland commit Nick Faust as well for the 2011 class.The point guard playmaker originally committed to Maryland in April of 2010. He planned to keep that commitment until Terrapins’ head coach Gary Williams retired from coaching. Once that happened, he was released from his letter of intent and visited Texas. Gibbs also had offers from UConn, Pittsburgh, Florida, Rutgers, Maryland, Louisville and more.