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Former Texas PG Sterling Gibbs Transfers to Seton Hall

Former Texas Longhorns point guard Sterling Gibbs was the odd-man out for a team dubbed by many as the “Baby Horns” during the 2011-2012 campaign. With the majority of the guard minutes occupied by freshman phenom Myck Kabongo, Shelden McClellan, and NBA-bound junior J’Covan Brown, there just wasn’t enough time available for Gibbs to show the Texas coaching staff what he could do.

Citing homesickness and a desire to be closer to his family, several reports have emerged that the 6’1″ speedster will transfer to Seton Hall University  and could be eligible to play during the 2012-2013 season should his request for a hardship waiver be granted by the NCAA. If the NCAA does not grant the waiver, Gibbs will see his first action for the Pirates in the 2013-2014 season.

It had been rumored since Gibbs announced that he was leaving Texas that Seton Hall was the front-runner, something which was confirmed by several Pirates players and the local press:

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Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard targeted Gibbs to join the Pirates due to his outstanding shooting ability and the fact that he and 2013 mini-dynamo Aquille Carr could together be one of the strongest backcourt tandems in the Big East in coming years.

It’s a tough loss for Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns in terms of the lost depth at guard, but with the arrival of Javan Felix next fall, Myck Kabongo will have a worthy backup to come of the bench and spell him when necessary. Texas is accustomed to players transferring due to lack of playing time so Gibbs’ departure wasn’t necessarily a surprise, but an unfortunate situation nonetheless.

If Sterling Gibbs can ever reach his potential, and play at a level close to his older brother Ashton, the Seton Hall Pirates may have an unexpected diamond in the rough.

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports. If you enjoy his takes, you can follow Kris on Twitter, check out his personal Facebook page, or stop by his personal Tumblr page. 

More stories about Sterling Gibbs’ transfer from Texas to Seton Hall:

It’s Official: Sterling Gibbs Transferring to Seton Hall: http://mycj.co/JkVC3j

Former Texas guard Gibbs on his way to Seton Hall: http://bit.ly/Jk1yt