4 Alden Gibbs
4 Alden Gibbs
Height: 6-3
Weight: 190
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
High School: Canarsie HS '07
Previous College: College of the Siskiyous
Position: G
Experience: 1L*

Career: After lettering in basketball for Eastern Washington in the 2009-10 season under former head coach Kirk Earlywine, Gibbs switched to football and lettered on special teams for the Eagles in 2010 and as a starting cornerback in 2011. A 6-foot-3 guard on the basketball court, Gibbs finished his 18-game football career with 36 total tackles, four passes broken up and a forced fumble. Gibbs is the first Eagle to letter in both sports since Bob Picard in the early 1970’s.

2011-12 Basketball: Having already lettered at Eastern in both basketball and football, Gibbs re-joined the basketball squad on Nov. 28, 2011, after head coach Jim Hayford announced three players (Willie Hankins, Rocky Brown and Justin Omogun) were no longer on the team.

2011 Football: Started nine games at cornerback, but missed two games with a broken thumb that required in-season surgery. Gibbs finished the season with 34 tackles (12th on the team) with four tackles for loss, four passes broken up and a forced fumble. He broke up a pass on a two-point conversion try by Cal Poly to end the second overtime and preserve Eastern’s 53-51 victory over the Mustangs on Nov. 12, 2011. Gibbs earned the starting position in the spring by finishing with 12 tackles, an interception and a team-high three passes broken up in four spring scrimmages.

2010 Football: Played college football for the first time after moving from the Eagle basketball team to the football team. He lettered with his play on special teams, and finished the year with a pair of tackles -- both against Idaho State (11/20/10). Was selected as the team’s defensive scout team player of the week twice.

2009-2010 Basketball: As a junior for the Eastern basketball team in the 2009-10 season, he started 14 of 23 games and averaged 2.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in an average of 16.4 minutes per game. He scored a season-high 11 points against Texas Arlington (11/21/09) and had 15 rebounds versus Walla Walla (12/1/09). His rebounding performance was the second-best for an Eagle all season.

Junior College: While a basketball player at College of the Siskiyous in California, Gibbs was a California Community College Athletic Association first-team All-State selection in the 2008-09 season. He averaged 17.0 points with a high game of 32 as a sophomore, to go along with averages of 11.1 rebounds and 3.8 steals per game to rank second in the CCCAA. He had 150 offensive rebounds and more than 40 dunks in 30 games, earning first-team All-Golden Valley Conference honors. Gibbs averaged 13.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.5 steals as a freshman, including three double-doubles with a high scoring output of 25 points. He led the school to a 22-12 record in 2008-09 after a 9-20 finish the year before.

High School: Graduated from Canarsie HS in 2007. He helped lead his basketball team to the semifinals of the 2006 A Division Playoffs in New York, losing 67-62 to the eventual champion with a berth in the championship game at Madison Square Garden on the line. The team finished 21-3 overall and 15-1 in league play to advance to the semifinals of the Brooklyn Borough Playoffs.

Personal: Born Oct. 4, 1986, in Brooklyn. Parents are Alden Jay Gibbs and Donna Edwards. Interdisciplinary studies major.

More on Former Eastern Dual-Sport Basketball/Football Players: Picard lettered in football in 1968, 1969, 1971 and 1972, and also lettered in basketball in the 1972-73 season. Picard held Eastern’s career receiving record for 21 years with 166 catches (now sixth) that were good for 2,373 yards and 19 touchdowns. His receiving record was broken by Tony Brooks in 1993. Picard had his No. 84 jersey retired, was inducted into the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003 and was selected  to the "100 for 100" All-Time Football Team in 2008 to help commemorate the 100th year of football at Eastern. In 27 career basketball games, Picard averaged 3.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He went on to play three seasons (54 career games) in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles, and ended his career at the first training camp of the expansion Seattle Seahawks in 1976. Several other Eagles have played both football and basketball since Picard, but none have lettered in both. Wide receiver Jerrold Jackson lettered in football from 1993-96, and played one minute for the hoop squad in the 1995-96 season. All-America quarterback Harry Leons lettered in football for three seasons from 1995-97, and was also on the basketball roster for a short time but did not play. Henry Bekkering lettered in basketball for Eastern in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, and was also on the football roster in 2003. He played in four football games that season as a non-lettering squad member, and averaged 56.5 yards on 27 kickoffs, while routinely kicking the ball into the end zone.

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