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Monday / June 24.
  • ‘Done deal, Sterling is a Pirate’

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    “Done deal, Sterling is a Pirate.”

    That’s what a Seton Hall source told SNY.tv at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

    The Texas transfer was on campus all day Thursday and multiple current and former players earlier said Gibbs had decided to join the program.

    Gibbs, who has an ill family member, would have to obtain a hardship waiver — similar to what Lamont “Momo” Jones did at Iona — in order to suit up next year.

    “Congrats to my bro @SterlingGibbs13. He’s finally a Pirate!” Tweeted outgoing point guard Jordan Theodore.

    Tweeted rising junior wing Fuquan Edwin: “Welcome to the family bro @SterlingGibbs13 #SHUBACK

    The former Seton Hall Prep standout averaged 2.6 points and 0.7 assists in 7.5 minutes per game this season at Texas, but played behind former St. Benedict’s Prep star Myck Kabongo.

    “Sterling Gibbs is a good, solid player who’s the all-time leading scorer at Seton Hall Prep breaking his older brother Ashton’s records,” longtime New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski told SNY. tv.

    “In high school, he was more of a two than a one.”

    Seton Hall has Tom Maayan in the fold for next year, but he is coming off ACL surgery and is an unproven commodity.

    The Pirates also have 2013 commit Aquille Carr, who is now at St. Patrick High School

    Konchalski believes Gibbs and Carr can play together beginning in 2013.

    “Aquille Carr is more of  scoring wing guard who at the next level changes his game somewhat,” he said. “He’s going to become somewhat more of a distributor.

    “It gives them a small backcourt but the way they want to play running and pressing, the more they can do that the less of a deficit that would be defensively.

    “The more they can extend the court and pressure fullcourt, I think they could coexist.”

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    Former Seton Hall commit Ray Austin has committed to West Virginia State, per the Daily Mail.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.