Per Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports, Texas Longhorns freshman guard Sterling Gibbs will request a transfer after playing limited minutes this year. He will have to sit out one year and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Texas freshman Sterling Gibbs will transfer, source told CBSSports. Younger brother of ex-Pitt guard Ashton Gibbs.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) April 10, 2012
Gibbs' departure is unsurprising, especially after Texas received a late commitment from DeMarcus Holland last Sunday. Though Gibbs could have fought his way to eventual playing time, the Longhorn backcourt looks rather crowded over the next few years. Fellow rising sophomores Julien Lewis and Sheldon McClellan both look like four-year players, as do incoming freshmen Javan Felix and Holland.
Gibbs averaged 2.6 points and 0.7 assists, and saw very little playing time in Big 12 conference play. His departure opens up the possibility of two more scholarship players for the 2012-13 season. Texas remains in pursuit of five-star small forward Devonta Pollard, and has been linked to possible Tulsa transfer Jordan Clarkson. The Longhorns could also choose to hold on to the scholarship for the 2013 recruiting class.