BLUE BELL, Pa. - Montgomery first-year guard Shaakir Gibbs has been named to the All-EPAC team, according to a press release from the conference office.
The 6'2, 157-pound Gibbs garnered EPAC honors despite playing in just nine games. But a look inside the numbers validates his selection.
He scored in double figures in all nine games and registered 21 or more points in eight of those, including 37 against Delaware County Community College. It amounted to an outstanding start to his Mustangs' career.
A graduate of Simon Gratz High School, Gibbs made the most of his opportunities with the ball and in turn helped the Mustangs win four games in the second half of the season while averaging a team-high 27.9 points per game.
Gibbs showed the ability to drive the ball in the lane and either score or draw a foul. He also demonstrated impressive perimeter shooting, draining jumpers and especially three-pointers. He shot 48% from the floor, a team-best 39% from distance, 73% from the line, averaged 4.0 rebounds per game, and 1.1 steals per game.
Gibbs scored 35 points twice, with the first coming in his Mustangs debut as Montgomery outlasted Harrisburg Area Community College, 110-101. In that game he converted 12 of his 23 field goals, with 20 of his 35 points coming in the first half. He was 2-of-4 from three-point range and made nine of 12 shots from the foul line.
That first-game production prompted the following remark from Head Men's Basketball Coach Denny Surovec: "There's no doubt that finally getting Gibbs on the court was a big boost for this team."
Gibbs is currently majoring in psychology at Montgomery County Community College.
- By Bob Kent, Sports Information Director