As the old-age saying goes: what goes up, must come down. Seton Hall did just that in 2014-15.
The Seton Hall Pirates started off the 2014-15 season on a high, winning the Paradise Jam tournament. They finished non-conference play with a dazzling 10 – 2 record, and opened Big East play by knocking off St. John’s and Villanova in their first two games, who were both nationally-ranked at the time.
From there, the wheels fell off. They lost four of their next five games, and then it all came crashing down. The Pirates closed out the season losing nine of their last ten games, and went from a Big East contender to an afterthought in a matter of a couple of weeks.
Starting guard Jaren Sina left the program and is transferring elsewhere. On Tuesday, the program got even more bad news on the transfer front.
Leading scorer Sterling Gibbs is transferring for the second time in his career, this time it’s away from Seton Hall.
Gibbs transferred to Seton Hall from Texas, and played two seasons with the Pirates. In 2014-15, Gibbs averaged 16.3 points and 3.8 assists per game, both of which were good for 5th-best in the conference on the season.
It wasn’t all good for the Scotch Plains, NJ native last season, as Gibbs was suspended for two games at the end of the season for hitting Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono in the face with a forearm.
On the transfer front, Gibbs will be a top prospect on many team’s radars for a couple of reasons. One, he shoots the ball extremely well from three point range. Last season, Gibbs shot 43.6% from deep, which was good for 9th-best in the entire NCAA. His nine 20-point games show that he can score, which will be enticing for any team looking for a guy who can shoulder a big chunk of the offensive load.
Secondly, he’s a guy who is eligible right away. Gibbs will graduate from Seton Hall, and can come in and contribute right away for whatever program he chooses.
Without Gibbs and Sina on the roster, Seton Hall will turn to Isaiah Whitehead to lead the team in terms of offense in 2015-16.