Gavin Schilling is born in Munich, Germany on November 10, 1995.
Gavin's mother Lisa is an American native from Chicago, Illinois.
His German father Andreas was a former professional player in the first division of the German handball national league.
1995 - 2003
Gavin lived with his family in Strasbourg, France from 1995 until 2003, where he also attended the German-French school. He has grown up trilingually (English, French, German) together with his younger brother Nigel. Gavin holds an American/German dual-citizenship.
2003 - 2009
Gavin moved to Chicago with his mother and his brother in the summer of 2003. In Chicago, Gavin attended a French international school (Lycée Français de Chicago) until 2009. During his time there Gavin played soccer, baseball and basketball in the school team called LYCEE FLAMES. He also played baseball and American football in his local park district team. After having an undefeated season in football his 8th grade year, Gavin went to nationals in Florida with his park district team called the WELLS PARK COWBOYS. He gained much interest in football and decided to continue on with it in high school along with basketball.
2009 - 2010
In 2009, for his freshman year of high school, Gavin attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL, a Private Jesuit Preparatory School near Chicago. As a freshman he started on the American football team playing tight end, defensive end, and wide receiver for the team of the LOYOLA RAMBLERS. That same year Gavin started playing basketball on the sophomore team as a freshman for the LOYOLA RAMBLERS. During the AAU season of his freshman year summer he played for the CHI-TOWN DIABLOS with head coach Chuck Demas.
2010 - 2011
During the 2010 summer in Germany, Gavin went to a basketball summer camp near Munich where he got attention from Ralph Junge, the head coach of Team URSPRING near Ulm, Germany.
He then received a scholarship from their German basketball boarding school to play there for a year. Their basketball team is one of the best in Germany. Gavin took the chance to learn about the European basketball culture and style of play. He improved at an extremely fast pace, where he constantly worked hard in the weight room and on his basketball skills. For his hard work off the court in the classroom, Gavin received the German academic intermediate school certificate in 2011.
That year, Gavin led the U16 Urspring team to a National championship averaging 27.0 PPG and 15.5 RPG and the U16 German High School championship. At the same time Gavin was appointed to the U16 German National Team.
In December 2010 Gavin attended a couple of tournaments in the U.S. with Team Urspring, including "City center of Palms Classic" in Ft. Myers, Florida as well as at "Arby's Classic" in Bristol, Tennessee.
2011 - 2012
Gavin did not play AAU his 2011 summer due to a wrist injury.
Returning to Chicago on September of 2011 after a successful year in Germany, Gavin decided to focus on school and basketball. Gavin and his family started looking at different high schools in Chicago, and De La Salle Institute seemed to show a lot of interest and was the best fit for him academically. At the age of 15, he started his junior year at De La Salle Institute and plays for their team, the DE LA SALLE METEORS.
In the summer of 2012, Gavin played for the MAC IRVIN FIRE AAU team out of Chicago and competed in the NIKE EYBL (Nike's elite Youth basketball league). He also played for the U18 GERMAN NATIONAL TEAM at the International Albert-Schweitzer-Tournament in Mannheim, Germany and for the U18 European championship in Vilnius, Lithuania.
After his last AAU summer, Gavin decided to make the next step in his basketball development and was offered a scholarship at the Henderson International School in Henderson, Nevada to play his senior year for FINDLAY PREP. FINDLAY PREP is currently the No. 1 high school team in the country.
2012 - 2013
The decision to leave De La Salle for Findlay Prep was not an easy one for Gavin. At De La Salle, he liked the coach and felt comfortable with the program but Findlay prep seemed to be a better fit to improve his game.
Since Gavin got to Findlay Prep his recruitment has overwhelmingly increased, emerging from under the radar. His play in the start of the season had the attention of coaches across the country. One of the top head coaches in college basketball checked him out at a Findlay Prep home game at the Henderson International School: Coach Mike Krzyzewski ("Coack K") from Duke University and two of his assistants. There were other assistants present from Michigan State and UCLA to watch Gavin play.
As a player for his size, Gavin is versatile and plays the "4" spot which is the power forward. He wants to be a guy who can play inside and outside - a role that pretty much most of the coaches are saying he can play.
Gavin pays a lot of attention to what's happening recruiting wise at the schools he is considering. His plan is to play the season, think about his options and make a decision once he can manage to do his official visits after the season is finished.
In 2013 at the age of 17 Gavin will join the college scene as a freshman. Regarding the schools he is considering, he applies certain criteria to his decision:
A great academic program that includes the major he wants to study (International Business for he speaks three languages fluently).
The style of play (fast, up-tempo).
The relationship with the coaching stuff.
Gavin talks a lot with his coach Todd Simon and asks him for advice on different schools because he knows the NCAA very well.
"Gavin is one of the most recruited players we have ever had quantity wise. He is open to entertaining any school looking for a big man”, coach Simon said.