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Seton Hall Prep's T.J. Gibbs, seen here hustling for loose ball on the floor against Columbia, announced on Sunday that he will make his college commitment to Notre Dame. (Photo by Richard Morris/SHP)
SHP’s Gibbs Ready For Challenges Ahead
Following His Commitment To Notre Dame
By Steve Tober
T.J. Gibbs was busy getting ready for Monday morning classes at Seton Hall Prep as the familiar clang of lockers closing and voices of fellow Pirate students in the hallways could be heard.
All the time, visions of a new direction in his life, including the golden sheen of a certain building indicating a bright future ahead were still echoing quite prominently in his mind.
His major college decision, first known via Twitter and Instagram after this past weekend’s visit to South Bend, Ind., brought a sound of relief and strong satisfaction in his voice.
The Golden Dome, which shines bright above Notre Dame’s main administration building that was rebuilt after a fire back in 1879, has now captivated the heart and mind of another young athlete in regards to the possibilities in a college life, and they aren’t those of Rudy Ruettiger, the former Fighting Irish football player and subject of a popular film of a devoted ND student-athlete.
“It felt like it was becoming a tough decision before this weekend, but then when it came down to it, I just fell in love with the Notre Dame campus and the basketball and academics are a great match for me,” said the SHP junior point guard, who is rated as the No. 38 high school prospect in the country by ESPN.com. “I’m ready for everything that awaits down the line, including the challenges of earning playing time.
“Coach (Mike) Brey said everything will be open and I can come in and earn a job, but that nothing will be given, everything has to be earned, which is fine with me because I want to continue to work as hard as I possibly can to be the best player I can be.”
Gibbs had official visits to both ND and Oklahoma and had unofficial trips to see both Georgetown and Boston College. The fifth school in the mix near the end of the process - according to the SHP junior - was Providence.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound T.J. (whose full first name is Temple, which is the same as his dad, who once played football at SHP) is the youngest of three all-time great Pirate basketball playing brothers who are currently No. 1, 2 and 5, respectively, on the SHP all-time career scoring list.
Middle brother Sterling, who will earn his Bachelor’s degree this spring from Seton Hall University, but – according to NDInsider.com - will reportedly use his final year of eligibility as a graduate student while playing immediately next winter at the University of Connecticut, is SHP’s all-time leading scorer at 1984 points (2007-2011).