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Creighton's Grant Gibbs gets sixth year of eligibility

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

The NCAA has approved Creighton guard Grant Gibbs' appeal for a sixth year of eligibility, the school announced on Tuesday.

Gibbs spent two seasons at Gonzaga before transferring to Creighton for his final two years. He redshirted his first season at Gonzaga but also suffered an injury that wouldn't have allowed him to play. During his mandated one-year redshirt after transferring, Gibbs had knee surgery that would have prevented him from suiting up, anyway.

Gibbs began the process nearly two months ago, and a source said the NCAA has been reviewing his case for six weeks. At first, Gibbs figured there was no chance of getting the extra year, but he and the Bluejays became more optimistic as the process carried on.

That optimism paid off on Tuesday, when Gibbs received the news.

The 6-foot-5 guard from Iowa was a key cog in Creighton winning 57 games the past two seasons. Doug McDermott rightfully received most of the attention, but Gibbs' vision and ability to play multiple roles on offense was difficult for defenses. He averaged 8.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists last season.

With Gibbs back in the fold, Creighton will once again be a threat on the national scene.

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