SALT LAKE CITY — Justin Bibbins, a 5-foot-8, 150-pound graduate transfer from Long Beach State, has signed with the Utah Utes.
Utah basketball made the announcement via Twitter.
“He’s officially a Ute,” it read.
Bibbins earned second-team All-Big West honors for the second straight year after averaging 13.1 points and 4.6 assists for the 49ers. He wound up playing in 99 games for Long Beach State over the past three seasons, making 65 starts.
The point guard from Carson, California, is one of four players to transfer away from the 49ers after the team went 15-19 in 2016-17.
“We didn’t want him to go and it's a huge blow talent-wise, but like I’ve said before, if guys aren’t happy or feeling their role than we’re better off letting them go,” LBSU coach Dan Monson told the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Bibbins, who is immediately eligible, joins a Utah squad in need of backcourt depth. Since finishing 20-12 with a setback to Boise State in the first round of the NIT, the Utes lost Lorenzo Bonam to graduation and two other guards — Devon Daniels and JoJo Zamora — to dismissal by head coach Larry Krystkowiak.
Last week, Utah signed forward Donnie Tillman, a 6-foot-7, 220-pounder out of Findlay Prep in Nevada.