Dynamic Guard David Gibbs Signs NLI With UMass Basketball
Nov. 20, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts basketball head coach Travis Ford announced the signing of dynamic guard David Gibbs (East Hartford, Conn.) to a National Letter of Intent on Tuesday, as he will join the Minuteman program for the 2008-09 season. Gibbs (6-4, 185 pounds) comes to UMass after playing at the Master's School in West Simsbury, Conn. Gibbs hails from the same hometown as UMass' 1996 National Player of the Year Marcus Camby.
"We are extremely excited that David has joined the UMass basketball family," said head coach Travis Ford, who has UMass off to 4-1 start in 2007-08. "David is a terrific young man and a great basketball player. He fits our style of play with his ability to play different guard positions. He has great size and athleticism. I really enjoyed getting to know his mother and father and they have been very supportive during the recruiting process. The Master's School has also been wonderful throughout and everyone is every excited that he will playing his college basketball just up the road at UMass."
As a junior, Gibbs averaged 22.5 points, 12.0 assists and 8.0 rebounds playing at the Master's School for Coach Ralph Auriental. He is beginning play in his senior year in 2007-08. Gibbs plays his AAU and travel basketball for the Connecticut Basketball Club (CBC) where he is coached J.R. Hargreaves and Pat Sullivan. According to scouting services, Gibbs is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in New England. He is rated as the nation's 28th best point guard by scout.com and 33rd by rivals.com
"David is not only the fastest player I have ever coach, but the fastest I have ever seen on the court," said Sullivan, who coaches him for seven years with CBC. "David does everything well. He is solid on defense. He is extremely unselfish and can score at will. He has competed against the highest level of competition and succeeded. He has all the tools and see the floor very well. He makes ever player on the court better as he has the unique ability to get the ball to where his teammates can have the most success."
Hargreaves went on to add that Gibbs is a wonderful addition to the UMass program, "He is quick and long with a great shot. He is the perfect fit for Coach Ford and UMass with the style of play they have adopted."