Texas was one of the losers at the NBA draft deadline as Jordan Hamilton and Cory Joseph were among the players who decided to leave school. With the Longhorns also losing Dogus Balbay and Jai Lucas, who each completed their eligibility, the team needed another guard.
Sterling Gibbs was released from his letter of intent following the retirement of Gary Williams, who described the 6-foot-1 Gibbs on signing day as "a very smart point guard." According to the Washington Post, the writing was on the wall with the arrival of new coach Mark Turgeon.
The new coach said that if any recruits did not stay in the fold that it would be a mutual decision. This past Saturday, when Turgeon took a commitment from junior guard Seth Allen of Fredericksburg Christian, it was a clear indication that he was willing to part ways with Gibbs. Turgeon had recruited Allen when he was at Texas A&M and Allen said the two had developed a strong coach-player relationship.
It's also some positive news for the Longhorns, who have been hurt by the unexpected departures to the NBA and even seen state senators criticize a $200,000 raise for coach Rick Barnes amidst a state budget crisis.