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Taj Gibson

  • Full Name: Taj Jami Gibson
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-9 / 225
  • Birthdate: June 24, 1985
  • College: Southern California
Southern California
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2006-07 37 37 174 312 0.558 104 167 0.623 0 0 0 321 55 20 69 452 12.2
2007-08 33 32 138 238 0.58 79 133 0.594 0 0 0 259 43 23 84 355 10.8
2008-09 35 35 190 316 0.601 120 182 0.659 0 0 0 316 44 34 100 500 14.3
Totals 105 104 502 866 0.58 120 182 0.629 0 0 0 896 142 77 253 1307 12.4

An early entry candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft.


Career Highlights:

USC's all-time leader in shots blocked with 253, also ranking third all-time in the Pac-10. Ranks second on USC's all-time rebounding list with 896 rebounds. Ranks 16th on USC's all-time scoring list with 1,307 points. Earned All-Conference Second Team honors as a junior, while also being named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. Earned All-Conference Third team honors and All-Defensive team First Team honors as a sophomore. Named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team as a freshman.

Junior (2008-09):

Ranked first in Pac-10 in blocks (100) and third in rebounds (316). Ranked first on his team in rebounds (9.0 rpg), blocks (2.9 bpg), field-goal percentage (.601), second on his team in scoring (14.3 ppg), and third in steals (1.0 spg). His season field-goal percentage was second all-time by a Trojan. Scored in double figures in 30 of 35 games and had eight or more rebounds 22 times. Finished season with 15 double-doubles. Set a school record by shooting 10-for-10 en route to 24 points in an NCAA Tournament win over Boston College. Scored a career-high 25 points along with 11 rebounds against Pepperdine. Grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds in two separate games, against Seton Hall and North Dakota State. Blocked five shots in a game in five separate games on the season.

Sophomore (2007-08):

Ranked first in Pac-10 in blocks (83) and third in field-goal percentage (.580). Posted a .667 field-goal percentage in conference play, best in the conference. Led team in rebounds (7.8 rpg), blocks (2.5 bpg), and field-goal percentage (.580), while also ranking third in scoring (10.8 ppg). Scored in double figures in 19 of 33 games and had eight or more rebounds 16 times. Finished season with five double-doubles. Scored a season-high 21 points against California and 20 points in a game twice, against San Diego and Stanford. Grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds twice, against Mercer and Oregon State. Blocked a season-high six blocks against The Citadel and blocked four or more shots in 11 separate games.

Freshman (2006-07):

Ranked first on team in rebounds (8.7 rpg), first in blocks (1.9 bpg), second in field-goal percentage (.558), and fourth in scoring (12.2 ppg). Set USC freshman records with 321 rebounds and 69 blocks. Scored in double figures in 27 of 37 games, grabbed eight or more rebounds in 27 of 27 games, and posted 11 double-doubles. Scored in double figures in his first five collegiate games, including 16 points and 14 rebounds in his collegiate debut against South Carolina. Scored a season-high 22 points along with 10 rebounds against Washington. Blocked a career-high seven shots against Oregon, while also adding 18 points and 13 rebounds. Compiled 51 points, 34 rebounds, and eight blocks during USC's three-game NCAA tournament run.

Strengths: Long and athletic big man who can block a lot of shots in the lane. Efficient scorer on the offensive end with a developing inside-out game.

Personal: Majoring in communications. Father played basketball for the U.S. Army national team during the Vietnam War.

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