When most teenagers picture their Spring Break, the vision probably includes things like extra sleep, video games and an ever so sweet respite from homework.
Not on the agenda? A week laid up in bed with the flu.
Such was the case with Gabe York in late April. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard was forced to remain at home in California while his teammates with the Compton Magic took to the courts in Lawrence, Kan. for the 2011 Jayhawk Invitational.
Despite the absence of two of their star talents – 7-foot-1 center Isaiah Austin was also not in attendance – the Magic acquitted themselves well in the event, thanks in large part to the strong play of Ardmore, Okla. native Nino Jackson.
Hale and hearty once again, York is looking forward to getting back on the hardwood with the Magic – though his schedule in the comings weeks will include much more than just basketball. An unofficial visit to the University of Kansas had been planned for the weekend of the Jayhawk Invitational, but now it looks as if it will be rescheduled as part of a mini-tour of a handful of schools from around the country.
"Myself and (Magic founder) Etop (Udo-Ema), we're talking about it and I think I'm going to end up going to (Kansas) along with three or four others in mid-June, right after I'm done with school," York said.
While those familiar with the recruitment of the four-star prospect might jump to the conclusion that those schools have moved to the top of the heap. However, York clarified that's not the situation.
"These are just five schools that I have not seen yet," he said. "That I want to look at and get a feel for because they have been coming at me hard."
York and the Magic next see action in a tournament in Arizona this weekend.