Earlier this year, a high school basketball star was shot 10 times at a North Las Vegas house party.
18-year-old Aaliyah Gayles survived her gunshot wounds and would soon sign a national letter of intent to USC.
“Aaliyah is one of the most talented, athletically gifted basketball players I’ve known,” Trojans coach Lindsay Gottlieb said in a statement. “She is electric on the court, with her ability to score, defend and create for others with her ball-handling and vision. But from the moment I got to know her, I was also drawn to her character. Her humility, loyalty, warm personality and resilience set her apart, along with her athletic gifts.”
Gayles, the No. 8 recruit in the 2022 class according to ESPN’s HoopGurlz, was released from the hospital in April and showed her incredible strength y making sure she could take the stage to accept her high school diploma.
Gayles underwent three surgeries to repair injuries to her arms and legs. Gayles was reportedly one of four people who was shot at the party.
Gayles, a 5-foot-9-inch point guard, averaged 13.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.3 assists last season for Spring Valley.