Posted On: 04/2/18 5:27 PM
It was a heck of a run for Trinity Catholic this season.
The Celtics finished the year 22-9 which included a state runner-up finish in the Class 5A title game against powerhouse University.
A freshman made the most of his starting role for Trinity Catholic. That is Jarveil Gainey, a 6’0″, 160-pounder, who has a brother Aziel, a 2021 guard on the roster as well.
Jarveil Gainey averaged 13 PPG in the two games in Lakeland showing off his outside touch and slashing ability. Thin but athletic, Gainey shined more often than not for the emerging Celtics.
“This past season went great we had physical practices to get each other better and the state run came from all of us buying in we all knew that we had to buy in to make the run,” Gainey told Prep Hoops Florida. “Our vision from the start of the season was to make it to Lakeland. What I learned the most this year was that you have to compete and get better to make it to the next level and work.”
Gainey played for the Wellington Wolves this past summer. That was his first year with the program. He’ll play for 1Family during the 2018 travel season.
Currently, the 2021 guard has no offers but Bethune Cookman has expressed early interest in him.
Gainey pointed to his shooting, mid-range, rebounding and drive to the rim as his biggest strengths. He’s aiming to improve every part of his game, he says.
Trinity Catholic graduates only two seniors, so the main cast will be back in the fold with Gainey working hard this summer to take the next step. The Celtics will have to get by The Villages once again in Class 5A-District 5 for another state tournament trip.
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