UConn got a lot better in the backcourt on Saturday as Seton Hall fifth-year transfer Sterling Gibbs committed to the Huskies, giving them a big-time scoring duo of veterans coming from other schools.
Gibbs committed to UConn on Saturday via Twitter, after denying he he had several times earlier in the day.
Gibbs was the top prospect in this new fifth-year transfer market that has developed the last several years. The Huskies had already added All-Ivy transfer Shonn Miller, a 6-foot-7 forward from Cornell who averaged 16.8 points last season.
UConn gets a 6-2 guard who averaged 16.3 ppg and 3.8 assists per game at Seton Hall last year. Gibbs was second-team All-Big East and shot 43.6 percent from 3-point range. He began his college career at Texas before transferring to Seton Hall.
The Huskies missed out on the NCAAs last season and lost Ryan Boatright to graduation and then transfers Rakim Lubin and Terrence Samuel. But their prospects for 2015-16 have suddenly improved with the fifth-year guys and incoming guard Jalen Adams, a top 40 recruit.
It was an odd recruitment of Gibbs. UConn was immediately mentioned as a favorite after Gibbs announced he was leaving Seton Hall, and twice there were reports he had committed.
Gibbs began his visit to UConn Friday. Saturday morning this tweet came:
Well, that immediately sparked a Twitter firestorm when Gibbs responded. ..
Then, Gibbs communicated with other national recruiting writers and denied he had committed to UConn.
There came reports that he was headed to visit North Carolina State.
Gibbs finally sent the tweet with the picture of him in a UConn jersey and seemingly is now a member of the Huskies.