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FLOYDS KNOBS, Ind. – The four future University of Louisville basketball players had a good first showing on Thursday night during the Night of the Future Stars event of the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Floyd Central.

All four of the future University of Louisville basketball players advanced in some competition at the Night of the Future Stars on Thursday night.

Anton Gill made it to the finals of the slam dunk contest, while Akoy Agau, David Levitch and Dillon Avare advanced into the finals of the three-point contest during the first night of the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic festivities at Floyd Central High School.

"It's been a lot of fun so far," said Gill, who will be in the dunk finals along with Indiana signee Troy Williams, SMU signee Keith Frazier and Marquette signee JaJuan Johnson. "We're having a good time."

Gill, who is from Raleigh, N.C., and attended Hargrave Military Academy for his senior season, had a perfect 30 on his final of two dunks for the night. Kansas signee Conner Frankamp threw the ball off the side of the backboard where Gill caught it with his left hand and slammed if home.

Each of the four finalists will get two dunks at halftime of the Friday night game in Freedom Hall to determine the winner.

It was almost a U of L sweep in the three-point contest.

Frankamp led the way with 20 points in the opening round, while Avare had 19 and Levitch 17. Agau, a 6-foot-9 forward, was in the first group to shoot and finished with 16. All four qualified for the finals, which will also be at halftime.

"I'm a shooter," Agau said as he walked off the floor. "I'm a shooter."

Avare and Levitch are both going to be walk-ons next season at U of L.

Gill, known as one of the top shooters in the game, finished fifth with 15 points but didn't make the finals.

Tickets for the Classic are $11 for students and $16 for adults and can be purchased at all area TicketMaster locations or at the Freedom Hall box office.


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