BOONE — A popular name among basketball fans will soon be appearing on the back of an Appalachian State basketball jersey in 2018-19.
App State men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox announced that guard Michael Bibby Jr. will be transferring into the Mountaineer program from the University of South Florida.
The school made the announcement on Tuesday.
Bibby comes from a long line of basketball talent in his family. His father Mike won an NCAA Championship at Arizona in 1997 before a tremendous NBA career that spanned 15 seasons. Mike was the second overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies and went on to average 15 points per game and helped the Sacramento Kings enjoy a nice six-year run of success from 2001-07. Mike Jr.’s grandfather, Henry Bibby, was a three-time national champion at UCLA from 1970 to 1972 and a fourth round draft pick by the New York Knicks in the 1972 NBA Draft. Henry went on to coach the USC Trojans for nine seasons before heading back to the NBA where he was an assistant for the Philadelphia 76ers (2006-09), Memphis Grizzlies (2009-13) and the Detroit Pistons (2013-14).
While at South Florida, Bibby played in 29 games and started 15 as a freshman last season. He averaged 23 minutes per game while scoring just under seven points per game. Bibby shot 41 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Mike and his family to the Appalachian family. Mike is someone who checks each category we look for when recruiting. Not only is he an excellent shooter, but he is able to make others around him better. Guys will love playing with him. He possesses an above average basketball IQ, which helps him fit into our system. Finally, he is someone that can defend many positions giving us options all over the court,” said App State head coach Jim Fox. “Our staff has done a good job making our team better on the recruiting trail. I am anxious to continue the process of making our program better and I cannot wait for our fans to see our five talented newcomers and how they blend with our returners. Exciting times ahead.”
Bibby will join transfer Joseph Battle in sitting out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer eligibility rules and will be ready to suit up for the Black and Gold in 2018-19.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.