Westlake’s Skelly commits to Northwestern

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Westlake High School’s Gavin Skelly

It’s been quite a July for the Team Work travel squad, and even more so
for rising senior Gavin Skelly. The 6-foot-8-power forward went from
being relatively unknown on the national scene to a ‘Norm from Cheers’
like figure by the month’s end.


It’s been quite a July for the Team Work travel squad, and even more so for rising senior Gavin Skelly. The 6-foot-8-power forward went from being relatively unknown on the national scene to a ‘Norm from Cheers’ like figure by the month’s end.

College coaches, more and more, are looking for high academic and character kids with a winner’s mentality along with talent and energy. Skelly was exactly that in the month of July for a team that played in three events making the Final Four in each.

His play over the past couple seasons has earned him nearly 30 scholarship offers from Division 1 schools, but on Monday, the Skelly sweepstakes came to a close. The Westlake senior-to-be gave a verbal commitment to the Northwestern Wildcats and first-year boss Chris Collins, a long-time Duke assistant.

“Northwestern has great academics with Big Ten basketball,” Skelly said. “What a great combo. Also, it’s on the outskirts of Chicago, which is an amazing city and has all the Fortune 500 Company’s headquarters.”

Skelly and his Team Work squad had a marvelous run in Indianapolis at the Adidas Invitational, which is where Northwestern began seeking interest in Skelly.

He followed up his early Indy performance with terrific play in Orlando, Florida, while Team Work participated in the AAU Silver Showcase and the AAU Nationals. Team Work finished 3rd in the nationals.

Skelly, who was Special Mention All-Northeast Lakes District, will bring a versatile skill set to the Wildcats along with tremendous energy and a good IQ for the game. In addition, he is very active on both ends of the floor and possesses sneaky athleticism.

“I think I can fit into the offense as an energetic player with a lot of versatility and bring a new element to the team,” Skelly mentioned.

Skelly will be play for a completely new staff that will only be in its second year by the time he arrives in Evanston.

“I’m exited about the new staff,” noted the personable Skelly. “This is probably one of the best group of coaches a player could ask for respectively speaking. I’m also very excited to play with my new teammate Vic Law. I’ve been texting him and he is a great guy and also a great ball player. I think we will have great chemistry and we will not disappoint the fans of NU.”

Law is a 6-foot-6-small forward from Saint Rita High School in Illinois. He committed to the Wildcats on the 4th of July.

Before Skelly turns his focus to Northwestern, he will have a senior year at Westlake with some unfinished business. The Demons dropped a tough decision (58-53) to Brecksville-Broadview Heights in the district championship game a season ago. Skelly was held to just nine points and three rebounds in the loss.

Skelly has offers from nearly every school in the MAC along with Bucknell, Elon, Indiana State, Cleveland State, William & Mary, Arkansas State, Winthrop, Oakland, Dartmouth, and Wright State. He was also garnering interest from Notre Dame, Butler, Stanford, and a few others.

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