Westlake junior quickly climbing the recruiting ranks; 12 offers and counting

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Westlake High School’s Gavin Skelly

With the weather heating up, one name in the
basketball circle is also rising. Westlake High School’s Gavin Skelly
has been creating a buzz around the midwest following his play at the
Pittsburgh JamFest and King James Shooting Stars Classic.


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With the weather heating up, in the Buckeye state, one name in the basketball circle is also rising. Westlake High School’s Gavin Skelly has been creating a buzz around the midwest following his play at the Pittsburgh JamFest and King James Shooting Stars Classic.

Westlake High School is located west of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, and is a relatively unknown to those outside of the Cleveland area. However, with Skelly continuing to garner more attention, Westlake will be a frequent destination for several college coaches. Though, it hasn’t been his play on the high school level that has allowed him to become a fast-rising name among universities throughout the Midwest and into the South.

Skelly, a 6-foot-8 and 215-pound rising senior, has bolstered his recruitment with his play on the AAU circuit playing for “Team Work” alongside fellow Division I recruit Peyton Aldridge (Leavittsburg LaBrae).

Skelly is a quality high school player without question, but with Team Work, it allows him to show more of his versatility and uniqueness playing with other college-bound talent. Offensively, Gavin can knock down shots behind the arc, get to the basket off the dribble, and he has a bag full of moves in the paint with soft touch.

He runs the floor extremely well with the ability to get easy dunks in transition. Skelly has very good bounce off the floor, which at times, surprises the competition. He is very unselfish and looks to keep his teammates involved.

Defensively, Gavin is extremely active and can guard wing forwards or post players. He also shows the ability to be put at the front of a press with his athleticism, length, and quickness.

Skelly is a unique player due to his ability to move around like a guard despite his size. It’s only a matter of time before more-and-more schools begin to make him a priority thanks to his versatility on both ends of the floor.

The Westlake junior owns offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Bucknell, Cleveland State, Elon, Kent State, Miami (OH), Ohio, Toledo, William & Mary, Winthrop, and Wright State.

Business has really picked up in the last couple weeks for Skelly with Butler, Michigan, and Tennessee beginning to show interest along with American, Dayton, Princeton, and St. Joseph’s.

“Right now, Gavin is wide open and really hasn’t narrowed anything down,” noted Team Work director Brian Bishop. “He will be looking to get out for some visits this summer.”

Skelly and his AAU teammates will be in Fort Wayne, Indiana this weekend for the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam All-Star Classic. Team Work will open up pool play Friday night (7 p.m.) at the University of St. Francis. On Saturday, the squad will finish up pool play with games at 8 a.m. and 11.45 a.m. at Sports One Parkview Fieldhouse. Bracket play will follow.

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