What should be an exciting basketball season for Westerville North senior Jack Gibbs took its first positive turn Oct. 22 when he verbally committed to play for Davidson.

Just about anything is going to be better for this talented point guard than what he endured a season ago.

Gibbs averaged 18.1 points, 4.5 assists and 3.7 steals while being named first-team all-OCC-Cardinal Division and second-team all-district in Division I as a sophomore in 2010-11. Then last season, Gibbs averaged 16.7 points through three games before going down with a season-ending knee injury Dec. 16 against Dublin Scioto. He underwent surgery Jan. 11 and saw limited time in the AAU circuit over the summer.

After also considering Creighton, Akron and Ohio University, Gibbs settled on mid-major power Davidson. The Wildcats went 25-8 and lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament, and they've been selected as the Southern Conference's preseason favorite by both the men's basketball coaches and media polls.

Davidson has made it to the NCAA tournament 11 times, including in 2007-08 when it advanced to the Elite Eight during Stephen Curry's sophomore year.

"I liked the coaches and the players and I felt comfortable there," Gibbs said via text message. "And I feel like the coach can help me get to where I want with the game of basketball. And the style of play fit me pretty well."

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