It has been a whirlwind season and a half for University of Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie as he went from winning the NCAA Championship in 2014 which led to a whopping 5 year, $14 million extension with the Huskies.
As the Huskies struggled through a mediocre 20-15 campaign this past season, Ollie was then was erroneously linked to potential head coaching jobs in the NBA in both Oklahoma City, Denver, and New Orleans.
Fast forward to the ’15-’16 season and UConn was thought to be in trouble trying to replace the graduated Ryan Boatright, who is doing his best to make an NBA club this past week at the NBA Combine.
That was until Ollie and the Huskies got some good news on the recruiting front as arguably the top transfer on the market, 5th year senior point guard Sterling Gibbs formerly a standout at Seton Hall, finally decided to commit to UConn and play immediately next season.
Gibbs was a 2nd Team All Big East performer last season, putting up 16.3 points and nearly 4 assists per game, but decided to transfer away from his native New Jersey for his final year of NCAA eligibility. The 6’2 younger brother of former University of Pittsburgh standout Ashton Gibbs, was a former Top 100 rated HS recruit back in 2011, and played his freshman season at Texas, before transferring to Seton Hall.
Gibbs now teams with fellow elite guards Daniel Hamilton and Rodney Purvis to form one of the most experience backcourts in all of college hoops and should be one of the early preseason favorites for the 2016 Big East crown. The Huskies also added All Ivy League forward Shonn Miller from Cornell earlier this offseason.
Gibbs also joins star freshmen Jaylen Adams and Steven Enoch as newcomers next season. Of course on the downside, Gibbs was suspended 2 games last season for elbowing Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacano back in February.
Check out some highlights of Sterling Gibbs at Seton Hall……
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.