Playing on the same prep school team for a season is likely going to be a huge benefit for Terry Rozier and Anton Gill next fall when they arrive on campus at the University of Louisville for their freshmen year.
Rozier, who is from the Cleveland area, and Gill, who is from Raleigh, N.C., have become close friends, are roommates and it's helped each other on the floor in one season at Chatham, Va., Hargrave Military Academy.
"They're always together," Hargrave coach A.W. Hamilton said. "They're roommates, they eat every meal together, they're really like brothers.
"And I think that's going to be huge for them. They now know what each other is going to do on the floor and where the other is going to be. It's going to be so beneficial when they get to Louisville."
Rozier and Gill will play for the only time this season in Louisville on Saturday night at Iroquois High School in the Louisville HoopFest presented by Body Shapes Medical and Gill said the two want to "put on a show."
"We are both so excited about it," Gill said. "We want the fans to come out and see what we can do and we're going to put on a show.
"Terry's a great guy. We have really bonded and we really are together all the time and that helps. We give each other grief sometimes on Twitter but we're just playing. We really are becoming like brothers."
Hargrave will play Action Sports Academy, a prep school out of Stone Mountain, Ga., with more than a half dozen Division I prospects, at 8:30 p.m. The event will start at 3:15 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door.
The 6-foot-4 Gill, considered one of the top 30 prospects in the Class of 2013, transferred to Hargrave for his senior season after spending three years at Raleigh, N.C., Ravenscroft High School.
Gill led Ravenscroft to the NCISAA Class 3A state title as a junior and averaged 17 points a game at the school during his final two seasons.
Gill is ranked as the No. 29 prospect nationally according to FoxSportsNext. He's averaging 27.3 points for Hargrave this season. Gill scored a school-record 56 points in a game in December and on Monday night hit 10 three-pointers and had 50 points in a win over the junior-varsity team at Guilford, N.C., College.
The 5-foot-11 Rozier is a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and was originally a member of the Class of 2012 at U of L. But he didn't qualify academically and opted to spend a year at prep school before heading to U of L.
Rozier was one of the top five players in the Cleveland area as a senior last season by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He averaged 25.6 points, 6.5 rebounds. 4.7 steals and 4.5 assists for Shaker Heights High School.
Rozier is ranked as the No. 83 player in the '13 class, according to FoxSportsNext. He scored 50 points earlier this season for Hargrave and is averaging 28.1 points.
The HoopFest is being put on by Matt Denison, a local basketball promoter and editor of the Hoosier Hills Hoops Southern Indiana Basketball Report, and Jody Demling, the longtime local basketball recruiting guru who is now the publisher of Cardinal Authority, a FoxSportsNext.com website covering U of L athletics.