If Umoja Gibson returns to college basketball, he won’t return to Oklahoma, as he announced his commitment to DePaul on Wednesday.
Gibson, who earlier this offseason let the Sooners know that he would enter the 2022 NBA Draft, but not hire an agent, also entered the transfer portal.
Gibson announced the move on social media. It was also reported by College Hoops Today’s Jon Rothstein.
Gibson averaged 13.3 points per game last season, leading Oklahoma in scoring last season. He appeared and started in all 35 games on his way to being named as an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and making the Big 12 All-Tournament Team.
Gibson spent two seasons with Oklahoma after spending his first three college seasons at North Texas. In four of his five seasons he averaged at least 10 points and he averaged 13.3 points for his college career. He was considered one of the country’s best 3-point shooters the past four years. He shot 39.6 percent from the arc during his career.
Oklahoma finished last season with an overall record of 19-16, being ousted in the second round of the NIT by St. Bonaventure, 70-68. Gibson would have been a crucial return for Sooners coach Porter Moser, going into his second season at Oklahoma. Gibson had an additional year due to a COVID-19 waiver.
The departure of Jordan Goldwire due to eligibility and the transfer of Elijah Harkless to UNLV means the Sooners will be completely rebuilding their backcourt next season.
Gibson has until June 1 to decide if he will go to DePaul or remain in the NBA Draft.
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