USC women’s basketball recruit Aaliyah Gayles, a McDonald’s All-American, was shot at a house party in Las Vegas and underwent two emergency surgeries, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Her father, Donald Gayles, said on Twitter his daughter was “OK” and that “(she is going to) make it.”
“Aaliyah is one of the strongest, most resilient young people I have ever known,” USC coach Lindsay Gottlieb said in a statement to ESPN on Sunday night. “I have no doubt she will continue to face this unfathomable situation with courage and resolve. We will continue to support her and her parents in every way that we possibly can.”
Gayles is rated the No. 8 prospect in the nation for the Class of 2022.
- Dwain Esper, who was the USC track-and-field announcer from 1981-2002, died on April 13. He was 100.
You might remember him because Jim Healy would frequently reference Esper on his radio show. Esper also wrote a column for the Glendale News-Press.
- Mike Bossy, an NHL icon with the New York Islanders, died last week. He was the first NHL player to score 60-plus goals in three consecutive seasons. He averaged 57 goals a year for his career. He was 65.
- John Drew, who averaged 20.7 points per game in 11 seasons in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz, died at age 67.