Coming off the best season in program history, Vic Schaefer and Mississippi State added a big piece to their efforts of getting back to the Final Four and playing for another National Championship.
Chloe Bibby, a 6-foot-1 forward from Australia, signed the dotted line and will wear the Maroon and White inside The Hump this upcoming season. A member of the WNBL’s Dandenong Rangers, Bibby recently averaged 14.2 points per game in the FIBA U19 tournament, good enough for the third-highest scorer on the Jayco Australian Gems.
From Australian basketball blog The Pick and Roll, Bibby is excited to make an impact in Starkville:
“I think the main thing with me is that they said I’ll come in and make an impact straight away because they haven’t really had that swing player to score for them, and that’s what they kind of need at the moment,” Bibby revealed.
“I’m looking forward to coming in and giving that a go and just giving everything I can. Obviously your spot has to be earned, and that’s the same anywhere you go. I’m just looking forward to showing them what I can do, and hopefully I can help.”
At 6-foot-1, Chloe Bibby gives Schaefer and the Bulldogs an athletic forward that can play both outside on the wing and down in the paint. Her competitive attitude and toughness allow her to fight for boards down low and finish at the rim in traffic. With the departures of Breanna Richardson and Ketara Chapel, Bibby will have the opportunity to come right in and compete for minutes in the rotation.
Bibby’s international experience will be greatly welcomed to a team that brings All-American guard Victoria Vivians, Morgan William, and 6-foot-7 center Teaira McCowan back to the fold. The Australian’s quick step and athletic ability, combined with her nice touch near the rim, provides match-up problems for slower posts in the paint. In addition to her finish ability at the rim, Bibby possess the court vision necessary to get teammates involved when the opponents attempt to double her to give up the ball.
The newest Mississippi State signee has the ability to step back and knock down outside shots, too. Her shooting touch will be a welcomed addition to Vic Schaefer’s squad next season. She is not all finesse, though; Bibby displays a willingness to play defense and grabs rebounds and loose balls to help her team, an important trait for a Schaefer player.
With the talent and experience that she brings to the table, Chloe Bibby is a big time get for Mississippi State women’s basketball.
Bibby joins an already excellent Mississippi State recruiting class that features 5-star PG Myah Taylor, 5-star G Jordan Danberry, guards Nyah Tate and Bre’Amber Scott, and former Auburn forward Jonika Garvin.