August 17, 2013

Coaches reevaluate Gunn

Kevin McCarthy

Lakeshow and San Ramon Valley High (SRVHS) 2014 frontcourter David Gunn is one of the more intriguing prospects in northern California. He stands 6-foot-8, has added 20 pounds to his frame and plays a versatile post up/stretch four position. So at what level will he land?

photo of David Gunn

Gunn started out as both a basketball and soccer player when we was younger but switched to focus solely on soccer in sixth grade. He played soccer as a high school freshman. “I was a lot more comfortable and skilled in soccer versus basketball,” he recalled, “but that was before I put a to of effort into it.”

Lured back to roundball initially because a number of his friends were playing, he has successfully made the transition from grass to the inside court.

His sports transition now includes a change in his diet and heavy sessions in the weight room. “I had never lifted before but now I go at it really hard.” He has also increased his caloric intake and now checks in at 195 and “'m still adding.”

Now he displays a solid set of physical and basketball skills.

“I have a quick first step and can play inside out. I shoot the ball well midrange and out to the three. I'm a very good rebounder.”

Gunn is particularly pleased with his recent advancement: “I made a jump from last summer. It's a long gap from where I was to where I am now.”

Here's Lakeshow Coach Brent Jameson talking about Gunn: “First and foremost, David is an extremely high character young man who comes from a great family. He also is a committed student as his grade point average reflects. As a basketball player and competitor, he has made huge strides. He is a gifted athlete with length and size. That, along with his desire, is the reason he is dominate defensively and on the glass. In the past year, he has really elevated his offensive skill level. He is a very good passer, especially for a 4 man. His mid-range game is exceptional and he has a good feel. He is a top notch player and student, and the kind of kid a coach will thoroughly enjoy coaching for four years.”

The young man has three recruiting visits scheduled: Point Loma University on August 17, Chico State on August 19, Westmont College on August 24 and more on the horizon.

Will some DIs enter the picture, particularly with the added strength?

In looking back, he sees a major rise in his confidence level from his early basketball-playing days. “Now I have the willingness to go outside my comfort zone. I'll take shots and not get down if I'm missing.”

In an episode of absolute honesty, Gunn holds making the San Ramon JV team as a sophomore as a cherished moment. “It made me really, really happy to make the team after not playing for several years.”

Further delving into his personality, he describes himself as having a really good sense of humor, “but I know when to be joking and when not to be. I'm a really caring person and put my friends before me.”

Academically, he sports a 3.87 cumulative grade point average and a 24 on his ACT. He is going to re-take the latter in September and is shooting for a 28.

Right now, Gunn's looking to major in either history or business.

As for the SRVHS upcoming season, Gunn is optimistic. “We have a solid group of guys and everyone on the team is working hard. I think we're poised to make a nice playoff run but there are a lot of good teams.”

The East Bay Athletic League includes perennial power De La Salle as well as Monte Vista, which finished 11-3, 20-7 last go-around.