In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA Today High School Sports, announced that Jack Gibbs of Westerville North High School is its 2012-13 Gatorade Ohio Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Gibbs is the first Gatorade Ohio Boys Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Westerville North High School. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Gibbs as Ohio’s best high school boys basketball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award to be announced in March, Gibbs joins an elite alumni association of past state boys basketball award winners including Dwight Howard, Chauncey Billups, Jason Kidd, Paul Pierce and Chris Bosh.
The 5 foot 11 inch, 185 pound senior point guard averaged 16.8 points, 4.8 steals, 4.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds while shooting at 83 percent from the free throw line this past season, leading the Warriors (21-2) to the Division I district semifinals. A two-time First Team All-Conference selection, Gibbs scored a season-high 26 points in a 70-69 win over Villa Angela-St. Joseph, including hitting a buzzer-beating three-pointer to win the game. Gibbs has maintained a 3.96 GPA in the classroom. Gibbs is a member of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, and he has volunteered locally on behalf of his church youth group and as a youth basketball instructor. He signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at Davidson College this fall. “Jack Gibbs is a player who impacts the game so much on offense and defense and he makes his teammates so much better,” said Westerville North High School head coach Kevin Thuman. “He is a great competitor and he would probably put up even bigger numbers if it weren’t for his unselfish style of play.”