SOUTH ORANGE – Sterling Gibbs of Scotch Plains has transferred to Seton Hall University and will play basketball for the Pirates, head coach Kevin Willard announced today.
Gibbs, brother of recent University of Pittsburgh graduate Ashton Gibbs, comes to Seton Hall following one season at the University of Texas. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound point guard saw action in 30 of UT’s 34 games last year and averaged 2.6 points and 0.7 assists in 7.5 minutes per game.
Gibbs converted 24-of-53 (.453) field goals, including 13-of-35 (.371) from three-point range, and 17-of-22 (.773) free throws during the year. He posted a career-high 14 points while converting 5-of-5 field goals, including 3-of-3 in three-pointers, in 18 minutes during a win against Nicholls State on Dec. 13.
“We’re excited to add Sterling to our family,” Willard said. “He’s the type of player that will contribute to our backcourt efforts over the next few years. He’s also a player that knows Seton Hall, its mission and culture well. Sterling will be a nice fit.”
No stranger to being a Seton Hall Pirate, Gibbs is a graduate and the all-time leading scorer at Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange. A dominant scorer, he averaged 20.8 points, 4.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game during his senior season and earned First Team All-State honors. Gibbs guided Seton Hall Prep to a 26-4 record and the Essex County Tournament championship in his senior year. He averaged 22.7 points and eight assists per game as a junior while leading the Pirates to a 26-3 mark.
Seton Hall will open the 2012-13 campaign with the University of Missouri – Kansas City on Friday, Nov. 9.