Duane Gibson, a senior point guard at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, celebrated signing his letter of intent to UE on Friday with Vikings teammate Demonte Flannigan, who’s headed to Cleveland State.
Gibson said he actually signed and sent his letter on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA’s early period, and sent it to the Aces’ staff.
“It’s nice to not have to worry about it anymore,” he said. “When I’m playing in my high school games, I’ll be able to focus more out there.”
Gibson is part of a three-player 2013 recruiting class for the Aces along with Fishers (Ind.) High School guard Jaylon Brown and Castle forward Blake Simmons, son of coach Marty Simmons.
All three have signed their binding letters of intent, and UE expects to announce its class officially on Monday.
A 6-foot-3 guard, Gibson averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists as a junior. Between now and when he arrives on campus, Gibson said he’s going to work more on his mid-range jump shooting.
Oh, and the top-rated point guard in Cleveland as rated by scouting service Triple Double Prospects has another goal.
“I want to win a state championship this year,” Gibson said. “I’m a pass-first player. I try to get my team involved, and I look for my shot when it’s needed.”
Gibson’s Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School competes in Ohio’s Division IV, for schools with the smallest enrollment in the state, but he said “our schedule this year is like a Division I schedule.”
Added VASJ coach Babe Kwasniak: “Duane Gibson is a special player. I expect him to have a stellar career playing for that staff at Evansville.”