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Grant Gibson

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Scouting Report

Strengths: Gibson is a strong interior presence on the both ends of the floor. He's tough to stop on the offensive end, as he has a knack for scoring in the post with his back to the basket while also showing off a nice face-up game. In both situations, he's shown flashes of some nifty footwork, leading to some impressive shot-making under and around the basket with both hands (uses the glass well). Gibson makes use of a variety of spin moves, turnaround hook shots, and fade-away jumpers to score. He can also put the ball on the floor from the perimeter and score through contact or pull up for a 10-15 foot jumper. He also plays the pick-and-roll well, setting hard screens before rolling directly to the basket and finishing. An underrated aspect of his game is his ability to direct traffic and find cutters with his passes from the post. On defense, he can bang bodies in the post and does a good job of keeping his hands straight up without biting on shot fakes. He also isn't afraid of stepping out and defending on the perimeter, which also makes him an effective help defender. Gibson also does a good job on the boards, often looking to start transitions opportunities after securing a rebound. He has a good motor and it shows when he runs the floor.  

Weaknesses: Gibson can still develop some lateral quickness, which will help him defend better. Does not recover too well when he gets beat off the dribble; leads to fouls. Needs to continue to improve conditioning. Doesn't boast extreme athleticism or explosiveness. Can hit open jumpers but struggles when shooting under pressure. Ball-handling still needs some tightening up. Capable of knocking down shots from the perimeter but still needs to show he can be consistent from that distance. 

Overall: Heading into his senior year, the 6-foot-6 Gibson will remain a key piece for a Cherokee team looking to build on a solid 2014-15 season. Gibson scores the ball in a variety of ways without forcing the issue. He lets his offense come to him, often displaying great patience with the ball before attacking his defenders with numerous of moves around the basket. Although he’s shown his scoring prowess, he finds ways to effect the game without putting up big numbers in the scoring column. His length makes him a solid defender and he plays hard on both ends of the floor. The senior power forward is solid prospect at the Division III level.