If you have a knack for following high school basketball box scores, you would have noticed late-last season that sophomore Gibson Jimerson finished with a flurry for Benedictine College Preparatory team.
In fact, by year-end, the 6-5, 210-pounder, was the Cadets leading scorer. The sharpshooter averaged 16 points and 4.5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes per game.
Well, on Saturday, after another terrific outing for his AAU team, Jimerson received an appropriate reward – an offer from Cincinnati.
Here, is how it went down.
“I scored 31 points against the Florida Vipers in the UAA Session 2 Tournament in Indianapolis,” Jimerson explained. “After that game, I received the offer.”
Cincinnati, coached by Mick Cronin, plays in the American Athletic Conference. The Bearcats finished with a 30-6 overall record and 16-2 in the American Athletic Conference. The team from Ohio, has a rich basketball tradition, and this past season had one local player on its roster – senior Troy Caupain.
Caupain played his high school basketball at Cosby and finished his illustrious career in style.
A native of Midlothian, Caupain finished his Cincinnati career as the only player in school history with more than 1,300 points and 500 assists. He handed out a school-record 515 career assists and tallied 1,317 career points. He ended his career second in victories (102), second in consecutive games played (137), third in minutes played (3,980) and tied for fourth in games played (137).
Caupain averaged 10.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.2 steals as a senior, helping lead the Bearcats to a 30-6 record, the second-most wins in school history.
Currently, Jimerson is playing for the DC Blue Devils as a shooting guard and small forward. And things appear to be going well.
“In terms of the [late-season production] in high school,” Jimerson added. “I started playing more and became for confident in my scoring ability towards the end of the season.
“This is currently my first offer and it is huge for me. It will get other schools in the mix and come out to watch me play.”
This news came on the cusp of another Benedictine product, senior Aaron Fowlkes, who received an offer from Catawba and is starting to catch some late notice from colleges.
“That’s good stuff,” said Benedictine coach Robert Churchwell III upon hearing Jimerson had received an offer. “I am happy for Gibson. He’s put in a lot of hard work over the last three years at Benedictine.
“They have trusted the process and his hard work is starting to bear fruit. It was only a matter of time.”
Both Jimerson and Fowlkes hope the recent interest is a sign of things to come.