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Gilbert High’s double-team: Nice guys and success
Zach Alvira, Tribune Sports Editor - January 16, 2019

There’s a certain level of chemistry that has fueled the Gilbert Tigers boys basketball team to the top of the 5A rankings this season and it starts with senior captains Doc Self and Carson Towt.

“We’ve grown up playing together,” said Self, a 5-foot-10, 150-pound point guard. “We started playing together in seventh grade. We played on the same middle school team, in a league, now high school. That’s my guy.”

Self and his family moved to Arizona from Denver when he was 4. Shortly after, he attended the Gilbert Tigers youth basketball camp. From there, his family knew it was the school he should attend.

Despite living in Gold Canyon, at the base of the Superstition Mountains about 40 minutes away from Gilbert High, Self attended Greenfield Junior High to become familiar with kids in the area. It’s there that he and Towt struck up their friendship.

“We’ve been hanging out and best friends since seventh grade,” said Towt, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward. “We have played club and everything together.”

The two consider their friendship a brotherhood, admitting they still disagree with one another and fight on and off the court. The quarrels never last more than a few minutes before they are back to laughing and joking with each other.

Their bond has spread to the rest of the roster. Saturday practices end with a team trip to McDonalds and video games, Super Smash Bros. to be exact.

“It’s just the connection all of us have,” Self said.

Self and Towt have set an example of hard work and dedication. And that hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“Doc and Carson have been as good, if not better, than any other captains I have had,” said Gilbert coach Jay Caserio. “I think it’s been their natural progression of stepping up when a coach gives them that assignment. They’ve really taken on their roles.”

Self was a captain last season as a junior. He still looked up to Tyler LaGanke and Trajon Hawkins, the two senior captains at the time.

Now, Self and Towt run the show and it has paid off for the Tigers. They are 16-1 through 17 games, the best start in Caserio’s 12 years leading the program. Gilbert’s only loss was to Pinnacle, the top team in 6A.

“I feel like every game I step into our record is 0-0,” Self said. “I just try to keep a level head. If we are going to continue our stretch and win basketball games, we have to hold each other accountable.

“We all believe nobody else wants to win as much as us. It’s the culture.”

With success has come attention from colleges. Towt recently picked up interest from Division I programs as well as an offer from Division II Colorado Mesa University. Self, meanwhile, picked up offers from Mesa and Scottsdale community colleges in December.

Caserio believes there are more on the way.

“Teams have him on their radar,” Caserio said. “He’s quick. He’s a great shooter and a great leader. He will be playing at the college level.”

While the two have aspirations to play with each other in college, they know chances of that may be slim. So for now, they want to continue making an impact in the Gilbert community.

Self created a Twitter profile called Random Acts of Kindness (@RKindeness). His goal is to promote acts of kindness around the community, posting his and others experience on the page.

The most recent act by Self, Towt and other teammates came during a trip for smoothies. They all pitched in to purchase an extra one for a homeless veteran standing on a corner.

Not every act of kindness by Self and teammates is posted. Among those was something as simple as picking up trash after the McClintock Holiday Shoot-Out.

After the Tigers won the tournament, they were walking across the gym floor to their bus. The lights had gone off but workers and volunteers were still cleaning up. Self, Towt, Adonai Kabash and others began picking up trash in the bleachers to assist them.

“They wanted to make a point to clean up and help everyone else out,” Caserio said. “They just won a championship so that could be the last thing on their mind but they went out of their way to pick up trash.

“I’m blessed to have a group like that.”

It’s acts like these that show the Tigers’ success hasn’t gone to their heads. Caserio said that’s part of why they have been successful.

“If you have a positive mindset then it all comes naturally,” Towt said. “That’s the best thing about this team. We all feel the same way about working hard and wanting to be successful.”


 

 

 


MEET THE 2018-19 GILBERT TIGERS - Coach Caserio and the coaching staff have finalized the rosters for all three teams in the program and they have begun the season.

The Varsity team will have four seniors, seven juniors, one sophomore and one freshman who will make a run at the 5-A State tournament. You can read the staff profiles for each Varsity player on the PROFILES page and view the team photos and rosters for the Junior Varsity and Freshmen teams on the ROSTER page.

The coaching staff photos and bios are updated on the STAFF page.


GILBERT TAKES McCLINTOCK TOURNEY!
Tops Cesar Chavez 53-41 in Championship
Carson Towt named Tourney MVP
Brycen Long - All Tourney
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HELP THE PROGRAM AND GET A TAX BREAK - If you would like to contribute to the Tiger Basketball program you will be eligible for a 100% tax credit. The state of Arizona allows individuals and couples a 100% state tax credit on donations made to schools for extra curricular activities.

To contribute go the GILBERT DISTRICT WEB SITE fill out the on-line form and give them the instruction that you want to donate specifically to "Gilbert High School Boys Basketball" when you fill out the form. Or simply write a check (made out to Gilbert Boys Basketball) and mail it to the school address in care of Jay Caserio. You will receive documentation that verifies your donation for tax reporting purposes.

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Contact the Coach -
If you would like to contact Coach Caserio regarding the Gilbert Tiger basketball program he would be more than happy to hear from you. The two ways Coach would like to be contacted are by calling him directly on his cell phone (480-293-4175) or by sending him an email message. Coach's email address is jaykcaserio@yahoo.com

 
     
 

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