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TIFTON - Tift County Blue Devil senior basketball player Aaron Gibbs recently signed a grant-in-aide to continue his basketball career at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. The newest Bobcat will join his older brother Duke who is a senior on the Georgia College team.

"I'm looking forward to playing with my brother," Aaron Gibbs said during a break from practice Monday evening.

When Gibbs signed the scholarship Sunday afternoon at Tift County High School he became the third member of the Gibbs family to agree to wear a Georgia College uniform. The boys' father, Jack, was also a student at Georgia College and a member of the basketball team. Jack Gibbs is the principal of Eighth Street Middle School.

According to Aaron Gibbs, the decision to attend Georgia College was an easy one.

"The only other school I was really considering was ABAC," said Gibbs. "I'll be able to come right in and get some playing time. Plus, with it being where my dad played makes it special."

Last season as a junior on the Tift County squad, Gibbs helped the Blue Devils to a region championship and a first round state playoff appearance. During the 2001/02 season, Gibbs averaged nearly 16 points per game.

Tift head coach Tommy Blackshear is not surprised at the success of his senior shooting guard.

"With both Aaron and Duke, the coach is getting two young men who all they know is hard work," said Blackshear. "The coach knows that these two are going to do what they're supposed to do.

"I'm very proud for the Gibbs family. I know it's a thrill for the whole family."



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