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Gone in a Flash - Gibson signs with St. Francis (Pa.)

April 12, 2001

Gone in a Flash - Gibson signs with St. Francis (Pa.)



By DAN SPEARS

dans@herald-mail.com

St. Francis College of Pennsylvania was one of the last schools to recruit St. Maria Goretti forward Rodney Gibson.

Gibson decided he'd help the Red Flash make up for lost time.

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With one final workout on Monday - "the best he's ever had here," according to coach Cokey Robertson - Gibson convinced the Northeast Conference school that he was Division I quality. They responded with a letter of intent that Gibson signed Wednesday at the school in front of family, teammates and administration.

As 6-foot-5 Gibson put his name on the dotted line twice, jokes about all the perks for playing big-time basketball, maybe even a car, were on the way.

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"Only the little miniature ones, maybe," Gibson responded with a crack.

A funny statement for a player that came up big so many times his senior season.

"(Coach and I) had talked about goals at the end of last year, the things we wanted to accomplish this season," Gibson said. "I thought it would be a great senior year."

Turns out he underestimated things. He was named the Baltimore Catholic League's Player of the Year, leading Goretti to its first league title since 1987. He was named The Herald-Mail's Small School Player of the Year this season and is a two-time first-team All-Area selection.

The numbers to back it up: 18.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game as the Gaels went 28-11.

"They need a 6-5 guy who can play on the perimeter, and Rodney did some of that for us," Robertson said. "I know they're getting the package, but if he keeps going like this, they're getting a steal."

Or is it the other way around? Gibson, who'll major in either business or communications, intimated that you'll be hearing his name in the future, too.

"The dream is still going on," he said.

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