Anton Gill ready for the next chapter

Future University of Louisville guard Anton Gill enjoyed his Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic experience, which included winning the event's dunk contest. Afterwards, Gill talked about participating in the All-Star event, which included meeting Darrell Griffith, as well as his upcoming transition of Louisville.

Future Cardinals guard Anton Gill made his second appearance in Louisville this year, playing in the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic over the weekend, scoring 13 points and collecting 4 rebounds in front of 10,205 at Freedom Hall.

"This was a great experience and I'm just glad that I got to come out here and play," he said afterwards.

In late January, the 6-foot-4 Gill helped lead Hargrave Military Academy to a thrilling win in the Louisville HoopFest, scoring 28 and handing out 11 assists. While his team didn't get the win on Friday night, Gill enjoyed the support that Cardinal fans displayed during his trip to Louisville.

"It feels good, but there is something about it because I don't shoot the ball well," said Gill, who was 5 of 14 from the floor. "That's something that I'm going to have to work on, but it's always great and the fans are great. I just really enjoy myself here and it's a lot of fun."

Gill didn't leave empty-handed. The four-star guard won the event's dunk contest, which included one effort that received a perfect score from three former U of L Doctors of Dunk - Darrell Griffith, LaBradford Smith and Jarome Harmon.

Afterwards, Dr. Dunkenstien sought out the future Cardinal and congratulated him on his dunk title.

"It's a huge honor," said Gill. "Somebody with prestige like that. He came over and congratulated me. That was huge and something that I'll never forget."

Gill's attention now turns towards his future.

"I want to get here as soon as possible," he said. "I won't get here until early June, but the sooner the better."

Having current Hargrave backcourt teammate Terry Rozier, a five-star point guard, joining him at U of L next year is something that Gill views as an advantage for the his future team.

"I think it's going to help, because this year we've learned so much about each other," he explained. "That type of chemistry helps out a lot."

Joining a team that will be the defending National Champions is something that could be a challenge for an incoming player, but for Gill it is one that he is looking forward to facing.

"That's big and it means that I'm going to have to work even harder," he told Cardinal Authority. "I need to be ready to play to help them win. I'm willing to do whatever I need to do to help them get back."


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