Sterling Gibbs is about to graduate from Seton Hall and head to UConn as a graduate transfer, but the campus and facilities are not what drew him to play for Kevin Ollie in Storrs. Speaking to Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant, Gibbs went into detail about how he approached his decision on where to transfer as more of a business-like process.
“With this one, I really wanted to ask questions,” said Gibbs, who chose UConn over Ohio State, Pittsburgh and several other schools this weekend, “and make sure it was a perfect fit. I didn’t want to just be wowed by the campus or the facilities, because I’ve been through that already. … I knew, going in, I didn’t want to commit on one of my visits, because the whole point of a visit is to kind of wow you.”
“Just based upon how the coaches are, a really close-knit group,” Gibbs said. “The players are a really close-knit group. Coach Ollie has been through it, the college season, the NBA, he’s experienced all those things, as well as their success with guards – a list of guards who have gone to the NBA and have been able to be successful. Their body of work speaks for itself.”
Gibbs spent a year with the Texas Longhorns before transferring to Seton Hall to be closer to his family in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. He attended classes during the year he had to sit out, and thus graduated on time. This past season, he led the Pirates with 16.3 points and 3.8 assists per game.
Now, he will join a Connecticut Huskies squad that two years ago won a national title as a No. 7 seed, but just barely missed out on the big dance this past season. UConn went 20-15 (10-8 AAC) and lost in the AAC Tournament to Larry Brown-led SMU before falling to Arizona State in the first round of the NIT.
With Gibbs set to join the backcourt along with rising junior Rodney Purvis, Huskies fans should be excited for a likely return to the NCAA Tournament in 2016.
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