Creighton Bluejays Receive Added Boost As Grant Gibbs Granted Sixth Year of Eligibility

Howard Smith-USA Today Sports

The Creighton Bluejays are moving up to the Big East Conference next season and just 24 hours after the realignment became official, the program received some additional good news in regards to the eligibility status of Grant Gibbs.

The 6-foot-5 senior guard was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA the team announced on Tuesday morning, giving the Bluejays an added boost of experience and production as they prepare for the 2013-14 season.

Gibbs, who has continued to emerge as a contributor in the Creighton back court over the past couple of seasons, is fresh off a career year in which he averaged 8.5 points, 5.8 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. Gibbs’ control and veteran leadership in the back court will be crucial to the team’s success next season in the Big East.

With the news surrounding Gibbs, Creighton will officially move Doug McDermott off scholarship, as the team’s top player and one of the country’s favorites for National Player of the Year becomes a walk-on. McDermott’s father, Greg, is the team’s head coach.

Gibbs began his career at Gonzaga, but he tore his labrum as a freshman and has dealt with several knee issues ever since. The opportunity to get one more season at the collegiate level is great news for the Bluejays as a whole, mainly because of the added talent they are returning. Gibbs will now be back as the fourth of five starters who are set to take the court again for Creighton. The only loss from the team’s starting five will be Gregory Echenique down low.

 

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