By Joe Fitzgerald ‘19
Jimmy Gavin starts at guard for the 7-3 Brother Rice Crusaders. Despite getting limited playing time last season, Gavin has stepped up big for the Crusaders. Known as one of the best shooters in the league, Jimmy helps lead the offensive attack for Rice hoops.
Talking about his strong improvement from a year ago, Gavin said, “During the offseason going into senior year, I would take at least 200 threes every time I was at a gym.” Jim and other teammates often found time after summer camp to get shots up almost every day.
Although Gavin and the team lost three early games, they still have high hopes for a deep run come February. “I think teamwork is what will help us make a run in the playoffs. If we do what we are able to do and work as a team we can make a big run in the playoffs,” said Jimmy, when discussing a deep run come February. Coming off back to back regional championships, Rice is planning to go even farther.
Even with Gavin’s hard work in the offseason, he didn’t became the player he is today on his own. Jimmy credits Coach Frasor and his staff for furthering his development as a basketball player. Discussing the coaches’ guidance, Jimmy Gavin said, “Coach Frasor and the coaching staff have made me a better basketball player from junior year to now. They also made me into a better person outside of basketball, such as they taught me how to be a leader and to just have fun.”
Jimmy Gavin carries on the tradition of so many great shooters who have come before him at Brother Rice. Not only is he leading the Crusaders in 3-pointers made, but he is also one of the top in the Catholic League. Gavin has always pictured himself in the position he is in now.
Jim spoke about the meaning of playing for Brother Rice. He said, “To play basketball for Brother Rice means a lot. As a kid I always wanted to play for Brother Rice basketball. It is an honor to play for this team, and I am having a fun time and enjoying this moment.”
In the meantime, Jim will get back to work. Hopefully, he can help lead the way for the Crusaders to win a Catholic League championship, and make a deep run in Peoria come February.