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Angelo Roncalli
07-24-2007, 06:08 AM
Gibbs got scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State and emerging power Wisconsin, but said, "I just think Gonzaga is the perfect place for me."

Penn State and Creighton also offered, and there was another suitor of interest. Gibbs said he had an offer from Washington State, which probably knew of him because WSU assistant Matt Woodley's brother Andy coaches at Iowa City High, which is in the same conference as Gibbs' Linn-Mar team.


http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2003803071_hoopnotes24.html

TheZagPhish
07-24-2007, 07:19 AM
Thanks for the post.

BobZag
07-24-2007, 10:28 AM
"I think Blake Stepp is my favorite player of all-time."

Gibbs is very similar to Stepp. :)

omahazag
07-24-2007, 12:00 PM
"I think Blake Stepp is my favorite player of all-time."

Gibbs is very similar to Stepp. :)

I hope he shoots as well as Blake...That guy was money and we'll need another consistent 3 point threat.

ZagNative
07-24-2007, 02:17 PM
"I think Blake Stepp is my favorite player of all-time."

Gibbs is very similar to Stepp. :)

I was so tickled to see that quote! Grant must have seen Blake play in that all-time great game in the second round of the NCAA tourney against Arizona in 2003. Just think, Zags players - you never know the game you'll play in that will change some 12-year-old kid's life, making him think, "I want to be like that guy. I want to play for that team."


http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/558/blakepa9.jpg

Grant's comment made me go back and dig up stories about that game and the performances of Blake and of the team as a whole. If Grant watched that game, and I'm sure he must have, what he would have seen was a team full of heroes:

Arizona Daily Wildcat Story (http://wc.arizona.edu/papers/96/116/02_springbreak_13.html)


The Wildcats celebrated momentarily after the shot missed but each UA player made sure to go up to Stepp to tell him he played a great game.

"Stepp is one of the best shooters in the country and he showed it tonight," Gardner said. "I think that was one of the best games of all time."

Stepp had 19 of his final 25 points after halftime.
...
"That was as good as a team as I've played in my five years here," Walton said. "It was a great game."

The SI Story (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/college/2003/ncaa_tourney/news/2003/03/22/arizona_gonzaga_ap/):


"That's the greatest game I ever played in," Arizona's Rick Anderson said. "I could see it in their eyes. Everybody on the court wanted to win."
The ESPN story (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=234000003#)

And, most of all, John Blanchette's column (http://www.spokesmanreview.com/news-story.asp?date=032303&ID=s1323486):

At that point, Fox came out for the second overtime tip clapping his hands and jawing animatedly with referee John Clougherty.

"I was telling him what a hell of a game it was," Fox said, "and he just said he was enjoying watching it."

A few minutes later, Clougherty would reverse an out-of-bounds call on fellow ref Tom Eades that gave GU possession with 22 seconds remaining.

In the end, of course, No. 1 on the list was the final play -- Stepp's rebound of Skinner's missed 3-pointer, his pump fake to get defender Jason Gardner airborne and the bank shot that he put a skosh too high on the square. It was the one time all night when everyone froze.

"I saw him pump fake and our guy go in the air," said Arizona center Channing Frye, "and I thought, `He's going to make it.' When he didn't, I just said, `Thank God, thank God.'

"Maybe it was too close."

But as memorable as the miss was what came after.

Players on both teams collapsed on the floor, in joy and agony and relief. Soon they were joined by the players on both benches, and the coaching staffs. Teammates piled on Walton, who corralled the final rebound. Frye pulled on Fox's shoulders and helped him to his feet. Arizona's Rick Anderson embraced Gonzaga's Cory Violette. Gardner sought out Winston Brooks, who had dogged him relentlessly before fouling out in the first overtime. Wildcats coach Lute Olson cupped a hand warmly behind Stepp's head and shook his own in wonder.

It all went on as long as a third overtime.

And then the Zags huddled at the foul line one last time, and turned to the Gonzaga rooting section in the Huntsman center and, as tradition demands, applauded.

Nearly 15,000 sets of hands applauded back.

Maybe it was at that moment Grant Gibbs, watching from his home in Iowa, wiped away a tear and made his first verbal to the Zags.

Radbooks
07-24-2007, 04:18 PM
Thanks, ZagNative, I got goosebumps just reading about that Arizona game. I appreciate the work it took to do all that!!

Zaghuatanejo
07-24-2007, 04:42 PM
Can't wait to see the kid play.

Can he throw the oop as well as Stepp? He threw better lobs than anyone.

ZagNative
07-24-2007, 04:55 PM
ZagNative....Great post. I see a whole new persona developing within you....it's great to see!! And I APPRECIATE the work you put into some of your posts. Thanks.
Glad to see that you approve of the post, Reborn. Personally, this trend toward effusiveness in praise of all things Zag has me worried sick. I feel a little like Prince Herbert in Monty Python's Holy Grail - the least little thing may make me throw open the window and burst into Zag praise, even as people are pleading "No singing!"

http://home.comcast.net/~michael.gallaugher/herbpop.jpg

BobZag
07-24-2007, 04:56 PM
Yeah, the ol' eyes got a tad moist rereading that.

Gibbs is not quite the shooter/bomber that Stepp was, he does everything else as good, however...and Gibbs does shoot the trey good enough. Grant will carve his own niche in Zag lore, and it'll be good.