The latest basketball star from the Gibbs family is starting to draw some attention and 2016 guard Temple (T.J.) Gibbs has the look of someone that could be a star in college.
Gibbs, brother of former Pitt star Ashton and Seton Hall guard Sterling, is the latest in a family line of basketball stars. According to MaxPreps, he averaged 18.6 points, four assists, and 4.4 rebounds for Seton Hall Prep last season. Like Ashton, Gibbs can also connect a little from the outside, knocking down 67 three-pointers over the last two years.
We're a while away from seeing him in a college uniform since he's in the Class of 2016, but Gibbs is already on the radar of several schools.
So far, he already has reported offers from Oklahoma, Seton Hall, South Florida, and Miami, per Rivals. ZagsBlog says you can add Rutgers to that list as well and he's also due to visit St. John's soon.
Gibbs is a three-star recruit per Rivals and a four-star recruit rated by ESPN (who also says he has a, wait for it, Temple, offer. 247 also gives him four stars and says he has offers from a slew of other schools, including USC, Xavier, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, among others.
Absent from any of those lists is a Pitt offer. Still, there are a few things to note there, however. First, Pitt could be pretty guard heavy by 2016. They've got commitments from Damon Wilson in 2015, and Maverick Rowan and Mustapha Heron in 2016. And if Wilson was redshirted next season, they could theoretically have three first-year guards all playing in 2016. Don't forget, too, that Pitt will probably still have Josh Newkirk.
Simply put, there just may not be room for Gibbs if all three of those players stick.
In addition, we're still two years away here. Jamie Dixon and company have to at least be paying casual attention to Gibbs just because of the family connection, but we're a ways off from seeing just how good he may be. The apparent lack of interest right now doesn't mean the Panthers couldn't become interested in him down the line.
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