On Friday night, two-sport star Rodney Gallagher led his Laurel Highlands hoops team to a class 5A WPIAL championship victory, scoring 26 points in the effort and knocking down the game-winning free throws with less than a second remaining.
Gallagher finished with those 26 points on 8-for-20 shooting in the win, clinching Laurel Highlands a WPIAL title for the second time in three years with two free throws.
After the game, Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Gallagher in an exclusive interview, and discussed the game, his football recruitment, and more.
“Unreal,” Gallagher told PSN when asked how the game went. “Props to my teammates for how hard we worked coming into this game. We knew this was going to be a great game coming into this stage. It doesn’t get any better than this, and I am so proud of everybody, and just the community behind us.”
Gallagher, who, earlier this year, openly declared that he would only be playing football in college, shined on the basketball court of Pitt’s Petersen Events Center, on a campus that he has visited countless times.
“It’s great,” Gallagher said about playing on Pitt’s campus. “Every time I step on campus, I just get a good feeling about it. It doesn’t get any better than this, always performing on the big stage. This is a memory of a lifetime.”
A 6-foot athlete, Gallagher is ranked as the No. 81 prospect in the entire country for football by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings. Over the past few years of his illustrious high-school career, he has become one of the most highly touted prospects in the state, as well as one of Pitt’s top targets in the 2023 class.
After the game, Gallagher updated his relationship with Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi.
“He’s been keeping in contact with me every day, and I saw his tweet saying he’s rooting for somebody and put three hearts of red, white and blue, so I mean, that means a lot obviously, and like I said, we’ve been in contact almost every day.”