Former Texas and Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs will play his final collegiate season at UConn, he announced in a tweet today.
The 6-foot-2-inch point guard announced his intention to transfer April 28. He will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer. Many thought this would be coming soon when the UConn Men's Basketball Twitter account started following Gibbs, as it only follows players on the roster. Multiple UConn players have followed suit.
Gibbs was a second-team All-Big East selection in 2014-15, averaging 16.3 points and 3.8 assists per game and shot 43.6 percent from 3-point range. His 53.9 effective field goal percentage ranked 303rd in the nation.
The Huskies now have two graduate transfers for the 2015-16 season. Former Cornell forward Shonn Miller committed to UConn April 18. The two join incoming freshmen Jalen Adams and Steve Enoch as new additions to the Huskies next season. UConn has two scholarships still available for next season.
UConn had been considered a favorite to land Gibbs from the onset. He supposedly accompanied his brother, Temple, on his visit to Storrs in March. Temple is ranked 38th in the ESPN 60 for the Class of 2016 and has since committed to Notre Dame.
There was a noticeable bit of drama today, as Evan Daniels, Scout.com's Director of Basketball Recruiting, tweeted this:
Sterling Gibbs is headed to Connecticut, a source tells Scout.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May 16, 2015
... and was quickly rebutted by this:
@EvanDaniels no I haven't committed anywhere— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) May 16, 2015
While Huskies fans everywhere breathed a sigh of relief around 5:15pm, the Twitter drama was just another bump in the road for this huge get for Kevin Ollie and squad.
Gibbs was recruited by UConn out of high school, but the Scotch Plains, New Jersey native committed to Texas for the 2011-12 season. He only played 16.4 percent of the team's minutes and averaged 2.6 points per game as a freshman before transferring to Seton Hall.