Phoenix Shadow Mountain point guard Michael Bibby, who missed most of his junior season because of a knee issue that finally has been corrected, is showing college recruiters that he can play major-college basketball.
After leading Team Bibby to the Las Vegas Live Bigfoot Hoops championship on Sunday with an impressive win over Montverde Academy, an Oak Hill-like powerhouse that produces big-time talent, Bibby began receiving interest from Purdue.
His dad, Mike Bibby, the former University of Arizona and NBA point guard, who coaches his son’s team, said that Purdue called Sunday night.
“Purdue is now in the running,” Mike Bibby said.
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Two weeks ago, after Bibby performed well in the first July evaluation showcase before college coaches, Michigan began to show strong interest.
This week will be Bibby’s last evaluation showcase, playing in the Big Hoops Las Vegas Classic, Wednesday through Sunday.
Mike Bibby said that Michigan coach John Beilein will be in attendance, along with Kentucky’s John Calipari and a coach from Georgetown.
The 6-foot-2 Bibby is much like his dad was running an offense — calm, cool, smart. And he can shoot. His level of play raises to the competition. He may not look like the most athletic point guard out there, but Bibby’s confidence is off the charts, he changes speeds really well, and he is deceptively quick with great poise, all of the qualities college coaches seek.
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-Among the Arizona teams playing in this week’s Las Vegas Classic, the Warriors, coached by former Phoenix St. Mary’s girls coach Curtis Ekmark, have the toughest schedule, playing against the Oakland Soldiers, Seattle Rotary and Colorado Force. Both the Soldiers and Seattle Rotary are Nike EYBL teams.
That will benefit Chandler Tri-City Christian swingman Brock Gardner and Gilbert Williams Field 6-foot-9 senior Wyatt Lowell, who will have a lot of college eyes on them.
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