Gabriel Del Valle is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2020.
The 6-foot-8, 212-pound Del Valle, who attends Freedom High School, is a dynamic player that works as a forward for the Tampa BayHawks.
No matter the opponent, every game Del Valle is determined to give it his all.
Del Valle is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Del Valle steps between the lines.
“My mindset at my position is get the energy going both on offense and defense. Protecting the paint by blocking shots, rebounding and taking charges,” Del Valle said. “On the offensive end, setting my teammates up for open shots, finishing around the rim and getting everyone clicking.”
Del Valle has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the hardwood. Del Valle tells why he enjoys the game of basketball so much.
“I love how the game brings a sense of peace and hope. Every time I’m on that floor it’s like all the things around just disappear and it’s just me and the ball,” Del Valle said. “I also love the excitement I get playing next to those I call family. Win or lose, the best part is being able to battle and give my all from start to finish.”
Del Valle has learned many valuable lessons from playing basketball that he applies to his everyday life.
“Playing has taught me that life has its ups and downs but you decide how you handle them,” Del Valle said.”You always have an option and no matter what there’s always a way to succeed.”
Del Valle shares his favorite memory of playing basketball.
“My favorite memory of playing is winning my first day playing at Freedom,” Del Valle said. “I felt accepted and in a position where I could really achieve. I immediately felt a connection with everyone and the first day everyone felt like family.”
Del Valle takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Del Valle makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by always being there for my teammates.Shaking their hands, picking them up,having their backs. No Matter if I’ve had a bad day I’m still going to try and put a smile and joy into all my teammates lives,” Del Valle said. “The best advice I’ve given my teammates is just play our game. It doesn’t matter if there’s one person in the stands or thousands. We should always be focused and only think about what’s between the four lines on the court.”
Del Valle is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“My coaches taught me that being a good person can have a big impact on the ones around you. Positivity is always a good thing to spread,” Del Valle said. “The best advice my coaches have given me is just be me and play with character and high energy. The points will come but the energy I bring forward gets my whole team going.”
Del Valle patterns his mentality after the reigning NBA MVP.
“I look up to Giannis Antetokounmpo,” Del Valle said. “His energy on both sides of the floor and dominance really inspires me. He never let the critics get in his head and he went from a player who wasn’t that effective to then soon to being one of the greats.”
Del Valle explains his collegiate aspirations.
“My dream college is any college who will help me improve as an athlete and a person,” Del Valle said. “Somewhere where I can go and I’ll feel at home.”
Del Valle is striving for greatness in all that he does.
“On the floor, my goals are to be the best player I can be on both ends. I want to bring a high motor every game and help set the tone of the game and most importantly be the best teammate I can be,” Del Valle said. “Off the floor, my goals are to be a good person in society and help others. I want to maintain good grades and hopefully graduate with a 4.0 or higher.”
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