Updated: Jun 11
To conclude the summer AAU cycle, The Circuit Championship at the Fantastic 40 brought together elite sneaker-affiliated and independent programs under one roof. Taking place at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy in Las Vegas, Pro Insight was on hand to cover the four-day event. In between games, we caught up with Chauncey Gibson of Kimball HS (TX) and Dallas Showtyme (TX).
Standing 6’6, Gibson flashed his positional versatility, interchanging from the one to the four as well as functioning as a secondary ball handler and facilitator.
As part of the Pro Insight Q&A series, Gibson discussed growing up with the basketball in his hands, studying Brandon Ingram and Jayson Tatum, factors in his college choice, and more.
For the next installment of the Pro Insight Q&A series, we present 2022 prospect Chauncey Gibson, from Dallas, Texas:
Pro Insight: For those who aren’t familiar with your game, describe your strengths and play style.
Chauncey Gibson: My strengths...I like to get my teammates involved. I can shoot the ball pretty well. I feel like I can get to the basket with ease. I can rebound. I can defend. Try to really have an all-around game. I think a lot of people love it.
PI: Who do you study or try to model your game after?
CG: I’d say Brandon Ingram and Jayson Tatum just because we are all lanky and long so I like to model my game after them. Because if they can do it, I know I can do it.
PI: Describe your experience with Dallas Showtyme. What’s been the highlight?
CG: We had a lot of lows at the end of the season because we had people who did not want to be on the team and buy into their role. However, everybody had a big role on the team. It might not be the role that you want it to be, but nonetheless we got a lot of memories. We came a long way. We were in the UA Rise Finals game and we lost by one point [to IL HoopStars]. That’s great. People didn’t think we were going to make it to the final four or the elite eight, they thought we were going to get blown out when we first got down there. We had a great experience and I love playing for Big E [Coach Erven Davis]. I wish I had another year.
PI: Talk a bit about your background. How did you get into basketball?
CG: My family played basketball. My mom, they say she was pretty good but I really got into basketball because of my brother. My brother played D1 basketball at Southern University for Coach Sean Woods. I always had a ball in my hands even when I was kid watching them play, I could never sit down and watch the game. I always had to go find an open goal and shoot on it. So that’s how I really got into basketball. I don’t really watch basketball. I play video games and that’s it.
PI: What’s your favorite video game?
CG: 2K. It’s a basketball game. I just don’t watch NBA basketball. I probably watch The Finals — that’s it, but I just don’t sit and watch basketball.
PI: What’s your favorite mode or team to play on 2K?
CG: I like the Suns because of Devin Booker. He’s tough on 2K. He’s different. I like DeAndre Ayton. He’s going to get my rebounds if Devin Booker misses. So really that’s about it. If I ain’t playing 2K, I’m probably on Netflix or something or in a gym.
PI: What’s your favorite Netflix show?
CG: Right now on Netflix is All American. I like All American. I like his story on All American. I love it.
PI: Power has been a pretty popular series. Do you watch any of that?
CG: Nah, not yet. You might have to turn me on. I might have to watch that. As soon as I get back to the hotel, I’ll pull it up on my phone.
PI: What are your current measurements?
CG: Right now, they say I have a 6’11 wingspan. I’m 6’6 and I want to say I weigh 194 pounds. Right now, I have a great body going into college for my freshman year. I want to get my weight up to 210 pounds. 6’6, 210 pounds, that’s a good size. That’s what most coaches tell me.
PI: If you were stuck forever on a deserted island and had all the food, water, and shelter you needed — what three personal items would you bring?
CG: I gotta have my phone, a ball, and a gym and I’m good.
PI: What’s your recruitment update? Who have you been hearing from lately?
CG: I heard from the most lately...I just wanna say yesterday I got off the phone with Coach Hester from Texas Tech. I’ve been hearing from Creighton and Louisiana Tech a lot. I heard from Clemson. I heard from UConn. The coach from South Florida just texted me. I hear from a lot of schools, really I think they are waiting for the AAU season to be over because they call a lot — blowing my phone up.
PI: What will ultimately factor into your decision?
CG: I want a coach that is going to push me to my full potential and I want to help him keep his job. I want a great program, like a brotherhood. I don’t want to just be on a team. I want a brotherhood with the program. I want to go win an NCAA championship, really. That’s it.
PI: At the end of the day, what do you hope to be remembered for?
CG: Being the best person that I can be. It doesn’t have to mean being the G.O.A.T. Some people say they wanna be the G.O.A.T. I just wanna be the best version of me — the best person I can be. Whatever I can do to be me, that’s what I wanna do.