Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Eastern Washington Player Goes From Basketball To Football

In 2009-10, Alden Gibbs averaged 2.6 PPG, 3.3 RPG, and 1.3 SPG (though his ESPN stat profile says he is 0 feet, 7 inches tall, which makes his numbers even more impressive in that light).

Today, he is a cornerback on the EWU football team. The Spokesman-Review has a good article on how that happened.

Alden Gibbs found himself in a strange place in the early spring of 2010, shortly after completing his first season as a small forward on Eastern Washington University’s men’s basketball team.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., who had made his way to Cheney via College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif., he just reached a “mutual agreement” with then-head coach Kirk Earlywine to look for playing time at another school.

Gibbs’ idea at the time was to transfer to a lower-level college in California. Until then, however, he was without a team to play for the first time since he was in grade school.

But then Taiwan Jones, one of the friends he had made on campus and a standout running back on the Eagles’ football team, suggested Gibbs might want to stay at Eastern and give football a try.

And come Saturday, Gibbs will find himself in another strange place when he makes his first start as the Eagles’ right cornerback in their 2011 season opener against the University of Washington at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

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