Creighton’s first season in the Big East is expected to be a good one considering star forward Doug McDermott returns for his senior season. Until today, however, expectations had to be somewhat tempered mainly due to the loss of two important contributors from the 2012-13 team: center/forward Gregory Echenique (9.7 points, 6.6 boards, 22.9 minutes per game) and guard Grant Gibbs (8.5 points, 5.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 30.8 minutes per game). Without those two players, there would be some questions concerning McDermott’s supporting cast and how they would fare against Big East competition.
While Echenique’s eligibility had run out, there was a possibility that Gibbs could end up with a sixth year since he had sat out two of five seasons. He and Creighton decided to petition the NCAA to allow him to play the 2013-14 season. This morning, Gibbs got his wish and was declared eligible for this upcoming year by the NCAA.
This is a big deal for the Bluejays; they get their leading assist man back who has major cachet in the Creighton locker room. With the tournament-tested Gibbs back in the fold, the Jays’ first season in the Big East may not be a good one but a great one.
Also, the Creighton athletic department posted this very cool video of Gibbs reacting to the news with head coach Greg McDermott: