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Recovering Gayles drops in on future USC teammates

Aaliyah Gayles, who continues her recovery after being shot at a house party in North Las Vegas in April, visited her future Southern California teammates Thursday in Los Angeles, according to the team’s Twitter account.

And her future teammates were thrilled, judging by the reaction.

Gayles was a McDonald’s All-American last season after averaging 13.8 points, 3.3 assists, 3.5 steals and 4.9 rebounds for Spring Valley, which qualified for the Class 5A state tournament.

She signed her letter of intent shortly after her attack.

“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,” Trojans coach Lindsay Gottlieb said in a release at the time. “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.”

A survivor of 10 gunshot wounds, eight of which were in her legs and ankles, Gayles underwent three surgeries and graduated with her Spring Valley class in June.

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