Despite what you might have heard recently, USF does still plan to have a men’s basketball team next year, and one report is saying that the Bulls have recruited Michael Bibby, son of former NBA point guard Mike Bibby, to fill their final open scholarship for 2016-17.
The youngest Bibby, coached by his dad, averaged over 19 points a game in his senior year at Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix. He added five assists and four rebounds per game as the Matadors won the Arizona Division II state championship. Shadow Mountain was rated by MaxPreps as the best high school team in Arizona and did not lose a game to an in-state opponent in 2015-16.
Michael had more offers early in his high school career, but after two knee surgeries his junior year, colleges shied away from him even though he came back healthy last season. According to AZCentral.com:
He was impressive in Las Vegas in July, hooking up with a Utah team. He said that a South Florida assistant coach saw him and relayed the information to the head coach.
"I just wondered why no schools wanted me," he said. "I'm not saying I'm the greatest thing that ever happened in Arizona. I got Player of the Year in Arizona. I thought I did pretty good and played some of the top teams in the country. No one on our team got any looks. We've been a top team for quite some time in AIA."
According to Joey Knight, Michael would apparently be eligible to play this coming season. In addition to his famous father, he is the grandson of another NBA point guard and coach, Henry Bibby.