Versatility is instrumental for Harford Tech's Gills

Sophomore forward, who is also on football and track teams, can play piano, violin, drums and bass guitar

  • In addition to being a three-sport athlete, Harford Tech sophomore forward Isaiah Gills has a 3.3 GPA and plays the piano, violin, drums and bass guitar.
In addition to being a three-sport athlete, Harford Tech sophomore… (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun…)
February 09, 2011|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

Harford Tech sophomore Isaiah Gills is all about quality and quantity. A three-sport athlete who also plays four musical instruments, Gills has a 3.3 GPA and would like to study engineering when he goes to college. But Gills has plenty of time left at Harford Tech, and he’s putting it to good use. In football, he plays quarterback, wide receiver, cornerback and safety. For the track and field team, he runs the 400-meter relay and 800 relay, and competes in the high jump and triple jump events. And in basketball, his favorite sport, the 6-foot-3 forward averages a team-high 17 points and 15 rebounds for the 7-4 Cobras. When he’s not playing sports, chances are you can find Gills playing the piano, violin, drums or bass guitar.

Question: What’s it like being the team’s leading scorer as a sophomore?

Answer: You just have to put your team where they need to be to win a game. I try to do everything I can. I can score myself, but I can also get some teammates open shots. Since I’m the leading scorer, other teams are looking at me, so that leaves somebody else open.

Q: How are you scoring your points?

A: Being a post player, I know I’m faster than some of the other guys down there. I work on my footwork a lot and know while they are bigger than me and everything … they’re not quick enough to keep up with me. I try to take them off the dribble.

Q: What was it like playing football for the first time last year?

A: I didn’t know what to expect because I never played before, so I was just out to see if I would like it or not. I think I did pretty well. The last couple games, I got moved up to varsity. The toughest thing was playing defense because I didn’t always know where I needed to go and all the technical aspects.

Q: What does basketball mean to you?

A: It means a lot because I know I have a better chance of being more successful. I’m doing real well in high school, basketball and the other sports I’m doing well, so I know I have a better chance of going to college and go farther than that.

Q: Did you have an idea what you may want to study in college?

A: I’d like to become an engineer. I like to put things together, design things, and they make a lot of money.

Q: How did you get involved playing all the different musical instruments?

A: My grandmother was a choir director at church, and my mother is a choir director and sings. So my mother put me in the choir, then they put me on the drum set, and I eventually learned how to play the piano for the church, too.

Q: What do you think the key is to doing all these different things

A: Do your best, that’s all. Do “A” work — do the best you can in everything you do. If you don’t try your hardest, what’s the point of trying?

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