Awesome scene at USC’s campus on Thursday … injured Trojan hoops recruit Aaliyah Gayles made a surprise visit to one of her future team’s workouts — and their reaction to seeing her was priceless!
The heartwarming moment was caught on video, showing Gayles — who was shot multiple times at a house party in April just months after committing to USC — popping up on the Trojans women’s basketball team.
You can see in the clip, the team was stoked for the visit … with sophomore guard Bella Perkins jumping for joy before the rest of the team came together for a group hug.
Gayles’ father, Dwight, tells TMZ Sports this was Aaliyah’s first time with the team since she was shot at a North Las Vegas house party on April 16. As we reported, she was hit by bullets 10 times in both her arms and legs.
Dwight says Gayles — the #8 ranked player of the 2022 class — and her Trojan teammates hit up the Los Angeles Sparks game later Thursday … and they had a blast.
“Aaliyah said the DJ was super cool,” Dwight said. “They treated her like a superstar.”
When it comes to her recovery, Dwight says Aaliyah is progressing well.
“Her recovery is epic,” he said. “It’s unreal! You’ll see!”