Amazing news from Aaliyah Gayles‘ father… the USC hoops recruit’s dad tells TMZ Sports she will return to the basketball court and play for the Trojans — despite being shot multiple times last weekend.
As we previously reported, four people — including 18-year-old Gayles — were shot when someone opened fire at a North Las Vegas house party on April 16.
Gayles’ dad, Dwight, tells us his daughter went to the party to accompany a friend and stayed for only 30 minutes or so before she decided to leave — and that’s when the shooting happened.
Dwight says the 5-foot-9 guard was hit a total of 10 times in “both arms and both legs” and had her third surgery this week.
Thankfully, Dwight says Aaliyah is expected to make a full recovery — and is still planning to play for the USC women’s basketball team.
“She will be able to play ball again,” Dwight tells us. “It’s God’s plan.”
“She is still a USC Trojan.”
Trojans head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said in a statement shortly after the shooting that Gayles is “one of the strongest, most resilient young people I have ever known” and she will continue to support her and her family.
Gayles is a 5-star recruit and the #8 overall ranked player in ESPN’s 2022 class. At Spring Valley High School last season, she averaged 13.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.3 assists per game.
She led the Grizzlies to the Class 5A state tournament and was named a McDonald’s All-American — the first Las Vegas player to earn the honor since 2010.