ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball program announced 6-10 center Zack Gibson (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS) has joined the Wolverines after transferring from Rutgers University.
Gibson, who was a teammate of incoming freshman K'Len Morris at Grand Blanc High School for two seasons (2004, '05), will have to sit out the 2006-07 season due to NCAA transfer rules but will have three years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2007-08 season.
In his freshman season at Rutgers, Gibson played in 10 games coming off the bench and averaged 1.1 points and 1.0 rebounds in 4.5 minutes of action. He helped the Scarlet Knights to a 19-14 overall mark and reached the second round of the 2006 Postseason NIT. As a prep player, Gibson was awarded the Gatorade Michigan Boy's Basketball Player of the Year (2005), as well as an All-State first team selection as a senior by the Associated Press, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press.
With the transfer of Gibson, the Wolverines have six additions to the roster next season. DeShawn Sims, a 6-8 forward from Detroit, Mich., and Morris, a 6-4 wing from Grand Blanc, Mich., signed during the early signing period in November, and 6-6 forward Anthony Wright from Sterling, Va., and 6-10 forward Ekpe Udoh from Edmond, Okla., signed during the late signing period. Reed Baker, a 6-1 guard from Fort Myers, Fla., joined the Wolverine program in early July to give them five recruits for the 2006-07 season.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423