Issaquah guard Ty Gibson inked his commitment to Eastern Washington and let out a big sigh of relief after completing a lengthy recruiting process.
The KingCo 4A MVP didn’t have any offers going into his senior season, and after a stellar senior year and a record-breaking performance in the state tournament, he picked up scholarships from Central and Eastern Washington.
“The worst part about it was the uncertainty about where I was going,” Gibson said.
Gibson was drawn to Eastern’s up-and-coming program, which earned its second NCAA appearance this year after finishing 26-9, a program best.
“With them going to the tournament this year there’s a lot of excitement,” Gibson said. “Coach [Jim] Hayford’s got the program going in the right direction, and I feel like they fit my style of play pretty well. They like to spread the floor, shoot the ball, which is what I’m best at.”
At Eastern, Gibson said he will be expected to be a contributor, but his role is to be determined with pieces moving in the off-season, including guard Tyler Harvey entering the NBA draft.
A sharp shooter who can create his own shots, Gibson was Issaquah’s key cog. He led the team with 23 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.4 steals. In the state tournament, he broke the total points record with 87 when he poured in 32 points against Kentwood in a consolation game. A 42-point performance against Moses Lake in a previous consolation game also helped.
The 6-foot-3 guard was a four-year starter for the Eagles and didn’t miss a single game in his time at Issaquah. Gibson helped the team get to the state tournament three of his four years, and finished fourth this year.
“The stuff he was going against defensively, especially his senior year… running two guys at him, and for him to put up the numbers he did his senior year, it just kind of makes it that much more impressive,” said Issaquah coach Jason Griffith.
Issaquah’s team this year was plagued with injuries, including point guard Trevon Ary-Turner’s high ankle sprain and broken knuckle that put him on the bench for a good portion of the season.
“This year he kind of told the kids, get on my shoulders, and through whatever adversity we’re going to face, we’re going to overcome it and achieve good things,” said Griffith.
Although Issaquah didn’t come away with a trophy, the Eagles’ two trips to the Tacoma Dome and a spectacular tournament performance were career highlights for Gibson.
“Really to go out the way we did, setting the state record for scoring, it was pretty special,” Gibson said. “Kind of the cherry on top of the whole thing.”