The Creighton University Bluejays got some terrific news today in regards to the makeup of their roster. As per Yahoo.com, Grant Gibbs, their starting point guard, has been awarded an extra year of eligibility. This will be Gibbs’ sixth year of eligibility.While it is not often that the NCAA will extend a player’s career to that length, they have done it before on special occasion. When it came to Gibbs, it was because he had spent two of his five years playing absolutely 0 minutes. As a freshman at Gonzaga, he had a shoulder injury which stopped him from getting any court action and then he lost a year when he transferred over to Creighton in 2010.
This is great news for the Bluejays’ chances at fielding a competitive roster. They have moved over to the Big East in 2013 and the conference should be much more challenging than they have previously been up against. The addition of the savvy veteran guard will be huge for Creigthon.
Aside from Doug McDermott, who is currently getting ready to play for team USA in the World University games, Gibbs is Creighton’s most consistent and dependable scorer. He excels at shooting from beyond the arc which prevents defenders from doubling down on McDermott too often out of fear of being buried by the long ball. Aside from his scoring ability, Gibbs is a great creator on offense and knows how to distribute the ball to his teammates.
Now in a conference with the likes of Marquette and Georgetown, having Gibbs an extra year will go a long way to giving the Bluejays good odds at making yet another NCAA tournament run. Paired alongside a potential player of the year in McDermott and a returning roster that only lost one starter (center Gregory Echenique), the biggest advantage Creighton will hold is that of familiarity and consistency. They should be ready to go from day one which can be rare for NCAA teams that experience so much change after every season.
Though the big East may have lost some of its luster with conference changes, having a competitive Creighton will go a long way into filling the void that has been left with some of the old team’s departures.