Tyrone Gibson, a two-time All-Metropolitan basketball player at Dunbar High School who was sentenced to three years probation for cocaine distribution and simple assault in May, will attend the University of Iowa this fall and try to make the basketball team as a walk-on player, his attorney announced yesterday.
"Tyrone has been accepted by Iowa," said Washington attorney Jane Norman. "He will not be on athletic scholarship, but he will be on full financial aid and will have an athletic scholarship the second year. As far as I know, he will be eligible to play this year."
Iowa basketball coach Tom Davis and Rudy Washington, the assistant coach who recruited Gibson, were not available to comment yesterday, nor was Gibson. Steve Malchow, an assistant sports information director, said he knew nothing about Gibson attending Iowa, and that all 15 basketball scholarships are spoken for next season.
"Our roster is completely filled," he said. "But Coach Davis has a program for walk-ons. I assume that's where he'll fit in if he's coming."
Last Friday, D.C. Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Alprin signed an order transferring Gibson's probation to authorities in Iowa, according to Norman. Alprin originally sentenced Gibson on May 23 after Gibson pleaded guilty to the two charges.
Gibson spent 47 days in the D.C. Jail after being denied bail on April 6. He was not allowed to finish his final semester or graduate with his class at Dunbar, but attended summer school and made up the work for his high school diploma, Norman said.
Norman indicated Gibson would be eligible to play as a freshman if he makes the Iowa team.
She said that during the court proceedings in the spring, Washington contacted the Gibson family and began the process that led to his admission to Iowa. Gibson is scheduled to leave Aug. 15 for Iowa City and will begin classes a week later, she said.
"We're very happy for Tyrone," Norman said. "He's been in full compliance with the terms of his probation. He's looking forward to a fresh start."