Sunday, February 10, 2013

MIKE BIBBY, JR: The 3rd Generation Bibby!!!

MIKE BIBBY & MIKE BIBBY, JR: Class of 2016

Written by: Prospect-Central

Have you ever noticed how many pro athletes name their children after themselves? From Barry Sanders, Jr. to Juwan Howard, Jr., more and more sons of former stars are beginning to start their own athletic careers. The only catch is, they're gonna have to do it sharing the same name.

What team does Mike Bibby, Jr. play for?
This is obviously a double-edged sword. On one hand, you'll have the very best life has to offer, since which parent wouldn't want that for their child? On the other hand however, you'll probably have to go through life constantly being compared to your famous father, fair or not.

If Mike Bibby, Jr. wasn't the son of Mike Bibby, Sr., he probably wouldn't be featured by Prospect-Central. That's not to say the 5-foot-11 point guard can't ball, but when your father played 14 seasons in the NBA, was drafted 2nd overall in 1998, won an NCAA championship with the Arizona Wildcats, and by the way earned over 100 million dollars in his career, it's safe to say that would trump any other reason for writing an article.

Slowly emerging from the shadows of his famous father, Mike Bibby, Jr. has been playing very well during his first year of high school basketball. He's putting up some decent numbers for Shadow Mountain High School (Phoenix, AZ), averaging 9.2 ppg, 2.1 spg, and 4.1 apg, which is actually good for top 30 in the freshman class. Shadow Mountain is also the Alma mater of his father.

I've actually known about the younger Bibby for a while now. He's been making a name for himself on the AAU circuit playing for - you guessed it - Team Bibby. While Mike, Jr. is one of the nicer players on the team, there are some other hoopers on even younger Team Bibby sqauds who might have more potential.

Is Mike Bibby, Jr. the next Mike Bibby?
Two players from Team Bibby to keep in mind for the future, Class of 2017's DeAndre Ayton and Class of 2018's Marvin Bagley, III (not a junior lol). At 6-foot-10, Ayton's size alone makes him an intriguing 8th grader. Once he adds some muscle to his developing frame, look out! Marvin Bagley, III. on the other hand, has to be one of the most skilled 7th graders in the nation. With his size, athleticism, and overall feel for the game, it's hard not to like his future potential.

What type of player will Mike Bibby, Jr. become though? With three more years of high school ball, the tutelage of his father, plus the fact he'll develop his game in college, the NBA is certainly not out of the question. He obviously can't rely on his name to make that a reality, but I wouldn't bet against a Bibby. After all, his grandfather Henry Bibby played in the league as well. Only time will tell if he can live up to such lofty expectations, but even if he doesn't play at the highest level, Mike Bibby, Jr. will always be a 3rd generation Bibby!!!

02/09/13 - Mike Bibby gets ejected from Mike Bibby, Jr.'s high school game vs. Sunnyslope.

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