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USC Women’s Basketball Welcomes McDonald's High School All-American Aaliyah Gayles To Troy

Apr 25, 2022

USC women's basketball has inked a highly talented newcomer in point guard Aaliyah Gayles, who has signed a national letter of intent to join the Women of Troy in 2022, USC head coach Lindsay Gottlieb announced today (April 25). A McDonald's All-American and Naismith High School All-American, Gayles ranks as the No. 8 recruit in the nation according to ESPN.

The Las Vegas product hails from Spring Valley High School, where she averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 assists, 3.5 steals and 4.9 rebounds per game as a senior. That helped lead to a pile of accolades, including action at the McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic. The 5-foot-9 point guard joins a USC program entering its second season under the direction of head coach Gottlieb, who has high praise for the skillful and charismatic incoming freshman.

"Aaliyah is one of the most talented, athletically gifted basketball players I've known. She is electric on the court, with her ability to score, defend and create for others with her ball-handling and vision," Gottlieb said. "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, who recently was injured in an incident in Las Vegas, will join her Trojan Family for the coming 2022-23 season.

"Aaliyah is quite simply a unique and special young person who worked hard in every aspect to become a Trojan," Gottlieb added. "It is these characteristics that, in her recent time of extreme trial, have allowed her to survive and will ensure that she continues to thrive. Aaliyah is a part of the USC family and we could not be more proud to be on this journey with her, every step of the way."