I mentioned earlier today that guard depth is a major concern for the 2016-2017 season for Syracuse basketball, and at this point I think the majority of us are expecting additional guards to come from either graduate transfers or, far less likely, a player like 2017 prospect Hamidou Diallo reclassifying to the 2016 class and choosing SU. Well, another option may be on the radar: 2016 high school prospect Mike Bibby, Jr.
For those of you keeping score at home, yes, this is Mike Bibby’s son, and yes, you should feel unbelievably old. I know I do. I remember being in high school and, specifically, in driver’s ed when the elder Bibby and Miles Simon were leading Arizona to a national championship (I remember this because my driver’s ed teacher, who liked basketball but wasn’t what I’d call an expert, told me he’d take Simon with the first pick in the NBA Draft and I silently thought him an idiot).
Bibby the younger, as reported by AZCentral.com’s Richard Obert, has been receiving some Syracuse interest recently. Here, see for yourself:
Syracuse now showing interest in Shadow Mountain senior PG Michael Bibby, azcentral sports POY
— Richard Obert (@azc_obert) April 27, 2016
Last season, he averaged 19.3 points, 5.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.7 steals-per-game in 32 games, according to MaxPreps, in leading his team to a state championship. With Grant Mullins off the board, the 6-foot-3 Bibby, Jr. would certainly add some decent size to the top of the 2-3 zone at the point guard position.
From watching some of his highlights, it’s clear he’s got a very good feel for the game (as he should, as the son of not only Mike Bibby, but also the grandson of Henry Bibby). His jump shot is a little wonky in terms of his form, but honestly, I’ve always been of the mindset that repetition and – of course – whether it goes in matters at least as much as how pretty someone’s shot looks. Just ask Reggie Miller.
According to ESPN.com, he holds offers from the likes of Gonzaga, USC, Florida State, Oregon, Oregon State, Memphis, and TCU, so it remains to be seen why he’s still available this late in the game, though it wouldn’t surprise me to learn he and his dad are waiting on an offer from the senior Bibby’s alma mater, Arizona, which at this point probably isn’t coming. If Syracuse is in fact actively pursuing Mike Bibby, Jr. he’s definitely a highly intriguing option, this late in the game.