Appalachian State University men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox announced the transfer of guard Michael Bibby (Phoenix, Ariz./Shadow Mountain/South Florida) to the program on Tuesday. Bibby Jr. will not be eligible until the 2018-19 campaign.
Bibby comes to Boone via South Florida where he played 29 games and made 15 starts as a freshman, while logging 23.1 minutes per contest. He also averaged 6.6 points, 2.0 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game. From the the field, Bibby Jr. shot 41.0 percent and finished 39.0 percent from 3-point range.
Rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN out of high school, Bibby led Shadow Mountain High School to the Division II state championship during his senior and sophomore seasons. As a senior he led Shadow Mountain to a 27-5 record, defeating No. 2 Avondale Agua Fria 86-55. He finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals. He also averaged 19.3 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 steals and shot 45.0 percent from the field as a senior.
He was named to the MaxPreps Honorable Mention All-America team and was a two-time All-Arizona selection (top five regardless of position). As a senior he earned Arizona Player of the Year. For three years in high school he was coached by his father, Mike Bibby.
Bibby comes from a basketball-rich family. His father, Mike, won a NCAA Championship at Arizona in 1997 before playing 17 seasons in the NBA and entered the association as the second overall draft pick of the Vancouver Grizzlies in the 1998 NBA Draft. His grandfather, Henry Bibby, won three-straight NCAA Championships at UCLA (1970, 1971, 1972) and was a fourth-round draft pick of the New York Knicks in the 1972 NBA Draft.
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.
HEAD COACH JIM FOX
“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. 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!”