Former Gonzaga guard Grant Gibbs made it official yesterday, picking Creighton as his next destination.
I talked with Chris Robertson, who was Gibbs’ prep coach at Linn-Mar High in Marion, Iowa, this morning and you can read some of his thoughts below on Gibbs’ decision.
(By the way, I spoke with G.J. Vilarino’s dad earlier this week and at that point, they were still narrowing their list of schools and had yet to make any visits.).
Greg McDermott was hired April 27th to replace Dana Altman, who left Creighton for Oregon. McDermott recruited Gibbs out of high school when he was the coach at Iowa State and Gibbs used to attend McDermott’s camps when he coached at Northern Iowa.
Those three schools — Northern Iowa, Iowa State and Creighton — were finalists on Gibbs’ list. He ruled out Iowa State earlier this week.
“I think Grant has had a good relationship with the coach (McDermott) from the first recruiting experience,” Robertson said.
Robertson said Gibbs visited UNI and Creighton and “liked both schools. He said both places were similar to Gonzaga.”
Gibbs will have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules. He will have two years of eligibility left.
“He’s going to be quite a bit closer to home and I think that’s a conference he can be successful in,” Robertson said of the Missouri Valley Conference. “There’s maybe the chance to step in and play right away.”
Robertson added that Gibbs probably will have more opportunities to play point guard at Creighton, which appealed to Gibbs.
Creighton has been the benchmark program in the MVC. McDermott’s son, Doug, who led his Iowa high school team to a couple of state titles, is joining his father at Creighton. Robertson said the team “should be very talented” when Gibbs becomes eligible following next season.