One of the better 2005 prospects has become an even better prospect by reclassifying to the class of 2006. Three star prospect Taj Gibson, from Brooklyn, N.Y., and attending Stoneridge (Calif.) Prep, informed Rivals.com that he will play as a junior this season. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward has plenty of high major interest.
"I’m interested in Arizona, Syracuse, Georgetown, St. John’s, Georgia Tech, Oregon State, Utah, and Uconn,” said Gibson. “My top three are Arizona, Georgetown, and Oregon State. They have all pretty much offered. They have all told me that they want to get to know me better."
When commenting on his three favorites, Gibson noted the coaching and style of play of Arizona.
"I like Lute Olsen a lot, and I like they way he coaches. He does a good job of making his players better. I also like the way Arizona plays up tempo."
The New York native finds the fact that Georgetown plays in the Big East as a major draw.
"Georgetown is in the Big East, and that is a conference that I have always followed. I think their new coach is an up and coming coach and will get them back to the level that John Thompson had them on."
Oregon State’s early recruiting efforts has them in a strong position with Gibson.
"I like their coaching staff. They’re real cool and down to earth. They were one of the first schools to start recruiting me."
Gibson split time this summer playing with the New York Gauchos and So Cal All Stars. He is a very good athlete with a very good upside in that his main need is to get stronger. He does a good job contesting shots and works hard on the glass.
Gibson is set to take the SAT in January.