The Iowa State men's basketball team added the top post player from Michigan to its 2011-12 roster, as Percy Gibson, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound center from Detroit, has signed on to attend Iowa State University in the Fall of 2011, head coach Fred Hoiberg announced today.
Gibson originally signed a letter of intent in November to attend Dayton, but was released from his LOI after a coaching change.
The Cyclones have instantly increased their talent and depth in the middle with the addition of Gibson. The versatile big man led his Detroit Southeastern team to the 2011 Class A (big schools) Michigan state championship game, the school's first state title game appearance since 1926. Southeastern finished the season at 23-4 and won its first Detroit Public School League title since 1956.
"To be able to sign a player of Percy's caliber this late in the year is remarkable," Hoiberg said. "Percy is an extremely gifted player and he has a body that is equipped for immediate contributions next year. He has the ability to score on the block as well as the versatility to face up away from the basket. We are looking forward to getting Percy on campus as soon as possible."
Gibson was named to the Detroit Free Press' six-player Dream Team in 2011 after averaging 21.2 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in his senior campaign. He was also a Class A first-team all-state selection.
Gibson averaged 17.2 points and 11.0 rebounds as a junior.
He also considered Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.
Iowa State still has one scholarship available for the 2011-12 season.