Posted On: 09/11/15 1:30 AM

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There are few better ways to prepare yourself as a competitor than by competing against the best in your field.

That’s why 2016 point guard Reggie Gibson was so thankful for his final summer on the grassroots circuit with the Colorado Hawks. The Adidas Uprising circuit allows for no slacking, and Gibson had to bring it every week while holding the court against top national prospects like Kobi Simmons and Dennis Smith Jr.

“It made me realize, playing against those guys, that that’s the highest standard of what a point guard is,” said Gibson, a 5-foot-10 point who recently began his senior year at Overland. “They have everything that a college needs, and playing against them you know what you need to work on.”

Playing that level of competition helped Gibson realize the areas he needs to focus on as he prepares to take over as the Trailblazers’ lead ball-handler. Becoming quicker on his feet defensively and becoming more explosive in order to get his shots up quicker are among the priorities.

Gibson has big shoes to fill as he takes over for Austin Conway, now a freshman at Wyoming, who helped guide Overland to the

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