Three-star power forward prospect Taj Gibson went from a good high-major prospect to a great high-major prospect when the Brooklyn, N.Y., native transferred to Stoneridge (Calif.) Prep and reclassified to the 2006 class. According to Stoneridge coach Ron Slater, two schools have emerged as leaders for the 6-foot-8, 210-pound Gibson.
"I would say that Arizona and Cincinnati are in the lead right now, but he is still open," said Coach Slater. "He is also hearing from Texas, Oklahoma State, UConn, Syracuse, St. Johns, Memphis and Oklahoma to name a few. He gets a lot of mail everyday."
The hard working Gibson is becoming a force down low as well as improving as a face-up player.
"Taj is rebounding the ball great," said Slater. "I also think he is playing phenomenal defense down low. He's become more of an offensive threat this year. He's getting better at putting the ball on the floor and knocking down the 15 footer. Taj plays hard every minute he is on the floor. I think he has improved every aspect of his game."
Averaging 21 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks per game this season, Gibson had a monster game against Philadelphia Lutheran and Vernon Goodridge, scoring 25 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking 8 shots.
A relentless competitor on the court, Gibson has an outstanding sense of timing and the athleticism and length to do something with his timing. He does still need to put on some weight, however.
"Taj has put on 12 pounds since the beginning of the school year but needs to add at least 15 more pounds," said Slater. "He works out everyday. Taj is a competitor and knows what it takes to get better."
Look for Gibson to register high in the updated Rivals.com rankings for the class of 2006.