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Grant Gibbs leaves Zags’ program

The Spokesman-Review

Redshirt freshman guard Grant Gibbs is leaving the Gonzaga men’s basketball team and he’s expected to transfer to a school closer to his Midwest roots.

“Grant has decided to pursue other options and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” head coach Mark Few said in a Gonzaga release.

Gibbs averaged 2.2 points and 1.9 rebounds last season. He played in 24 games, averaging 9.3 minutes. His lone start was against Davidson in the Battle in Seattle when senior Matt Bouldin (concussion) couldn’t play. Gibbs had two points and a career-high eight rebounds in 29 minutes.

After a standout career at Linn-Mar High in Marion, Iowa, Gibbs had scholarship offers from Gonzaga, Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Northern Iowa and Indiana State.

Some of those schools, as well as Creighton, could be transfer options for Gibbs, who was rated the 17th-best point guard and the 96th-best overall prospect in the Class of 2008.

Gibbs redshirted as a freshman at Gonzaga after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.

Gonzaga has two guards joining the program this fall and two guards have verbally committed in the 2011 class.

Jim Meehan

Tulsa Shock release Frieson

Vivian Frieson, the first Gonzaga player drafted by the WNBA, was released on Wednesday by the Tulsa Shock.

“At this point, the veterans are a little ahead of the players just coming out of college,” Tulsa coach Nolan Richardson told the Tulsa World after releasing his third-round draft pick. “They have a little maturity; a little better understanding of what the game is all about.”

Tulsa also cut free agent Lynn Jacobsen.

Frieson averaged 12.5 points and a team-best 7.4 rebounds per game as the Bulldogs advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time.

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