Creighton’s Grant Gibbs is given sixth year of eligibility

The NCAA has granted Creighton’s starting guard Grant Gibbs a sixth year of eligibility, which will make their transition to the Big East easier.

The process for Gibbs obtaining an extra year of eligibility began about two months ago, and the Creighton Bluejays just received the good news from the NCAA on Tuesday according to CBS Sports.

Gibbs transferred to Creighton from Gonzaga, and Creighton coach Greg McDermott said that Gibbs’ former coach at Gonzaga, Mark Few, was crucial in the successful process of getting Gibbs and extra year, according to ESPN.

At Gonzaga, Gibbs suffered from a knee injury during his first season, and was also a redshirt that season, so playing was definitely not an option. He then had to redshirt another year, after transferring to Creighton as required, but recovery from surgery on his knee didn’t allow him to play that year anyway.

Creighton coach McDermott’s son, Doug McDermott, will also be returning for another year, says USA Today. So this brand new member of the new Big East should be very happy as their competition level will be stepped up a notch next year. Creighton now has four returning starters from a very successful team last season. It will be interesting to see how the Bluejays matchup with the talented teams of the Big East with Gibbs and McDermott back in the mix.

Here is a video of Gibbs reaction when discovering that he can play this upcoming season:

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