Bob Gibbons with the great Kobe Bryant at ABCD Camp on July 2, 1995 in Teaneck, NJ.
Below is what was written in our All Star Sports report in 1995 about Kobe Bryant who was our # 1 rated player in the Class of 1996.
The current consensus best player in the nation, combination guard Kobe Bryant of Lower Merion High in Ardmore, PA., certainly has the bloodlines. His father, Joe (Jellybean) Bryant, played eight years in the NBA, including three with the then San Diego Clippers, and is an assistant at La Salle. Bryant works out regularly with the Phildelphia 76ers, according to Bob Gibbons, publisher for Lenoir, N.C. - based All Star Sports Publications.
"He's the most advanced player at the high school level I've ever seen in a while," Gibbons said. "He is the closest thing to (Detroit Pistons forward) Grant Hill you will ever see at the high school level."
Bryant, Jermaine O'Neal of Eau Claire High (S.C.), Tim Thomas of Paterson Catholic (N.J.) and Lester Earl of Glen Oaks (La) will be attending the prestigious Adidas/ABCD Camp at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J.
BOB GIBBONS HAS LONG BEEN THE NATION’S MOST RESPECTED,AND THE NUMBER ONE-RATED HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TALENT EVALUATOR. HE IS A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE SELECTION COMMITTEE FOR THE MCDONALD'S ALL-AMERICAN GAME; IS A TOP ADVISOR FOR SEVERAL NATIONAL ALL-STAR GAMES; AND DOES PLAYER RATINGS FOR NUMEROUS PUBLICATIONS, INCLUDING HIS OWN HIGHLY ACCLAIMED ALL STAR SCOUTING SERVICE FOR COLLEGES.