Gavyn Elkamil burst onto the scene in the spring garnering attention from schools all across the country, all due to his play. Those schools included Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Utah State, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State and more. Those schools had planned to watch him at a regional camp, but that ended up changing.
He had all the momentum in the world, until an injury derailed it. A broken wrist to be exact. It was a freak accident as he pinned a shot off the backboard and landed on top of the player and fell on it wrong. “It was at the beginning of June, but it set me back tremendously,” said Elkamil about the injury. “I had a lot of momentum heading into July with the live period and the regional camp.”
Elkamil was originally down about the situation but turned to a familiar source to help him get out of the rut that he was in. “At first I was really down about the whole situation but after awhile I started to trust in god that he was doing it for a reason and my faith started to get better.”
The rising senior attacked his rehab and now feels hungrier than ever. “I’m ready to show everyone that I’m the best player in the state.”
“Seeing how fast it can be taken away from me has shown me to not take any games for granted, and my grind has been on another level.”
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Southeast Missouri State, and Southern Miss have all offered the senior, with him earning those offers before heading into his junior year.
Ending your recruitment and choosing a school for the next level is usually what senior’s have in mind at this point in the year, but not for the Pittsburg native. He’s got a looming decision that could change his course and help him achieve his next goal of playing college basketball at the highest level. That decision? Reclassifying and attending a prep school.
“Evangelical Christian School in Memphis. They’ve talked to my dad. They’re supposed to come watch me play this season,” said Elkamil about potential destinations.
Although Elkamil has a prep year on his mind, that hasn’t stopped a slew of college coaches paying him a visit this fall since the live period started. “They all just want to see me play before they offer, which is understandable,” said Elkamil. “Just trusting God, staying patient, and continuing to work.”
Whether that decision comes this year or next, Elkamil knows that he wants to feel at home, and has a strong relationship with the coaching staff.
“Just play every game like it’s my last. Know that I’m the best player on the court at all times and just have fun.”
A fine mindset to have heading into his last high school season. A chip on his shoulder? Indeed. Whether Elkamil heads to college next year, or takes a prep year. One lucky program will be getting a steal and wishing they took the chance on the kid from a small town in Kansas, who’s been fighting through adversity and showing why he needs to be the most sought after kid in the state.