Scholar Athlete: LaGrange shooting guard, Gabriel Duckett
His dad put a ball in his hands at the age of four. Since then, Gabriel Duckett has been a basketball player.
“I had a miniature tykes goal and I used to try and dunk,” Duckett laughed.
Something he has no problem doing now. He’s a senior for LaGrange who’s game has gotten better thanks to the off-season.
“Playing AAU basketball really expanded my horizons,” Duckett said. “It really just gave me some new ideas and new dreams about how far I could go with basketball.”
Duckett’s dreams don’t just carry onto the court. He has a 3.6 GPA and is a yearbook staff member. It’s a committee that doesn’t normally appeal to guys. Duckett, on the other hand, doesn’t mind it.
“It’s fun because I feel like I‘m involved in something,” he said. “Not only besides sports but I really take part in my school.”
He’s a role model for younger kids. Duckett helped out with 9th grade orientation where he spread one major message to those just starting high school.
“You can’t slack in today’s society,” he told them. “If you want to be the best you really have to take pride and have passion in what you do and it will breathe success in the long run.”
Duckett’s success is just getting started. After high school, he plans to study psychology and keep inspiring others.
“I have a heart for people,” said Duckett. “When I see somebody down or something, it really affects me and iIcould tell so I really have a heart for people.”
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