Hoops Wrap-Up: Anton Gill

Cardinal Authority hopes you enjoy our "Hoops Wrap-Up" series of stories, featuring a look at each player on the men and women's teams on the University of Louisville rosters. A look back at the season and forward to the future: Our third men's feature is on freshman guard Anton Gill.

Anton Gill

6-3, Fr., Guard

Raleigh, N.C.

Averages: Gill averaged 5.7 minutes a game in 24 games, scoring 1.3 points and pulling down 0.7 rebounds per game for the Cardinals.

Overview: Gill came to Louisville after a high-scoring season alongside Terry Rozier in the backcourt at Hargrave Military Academy. But unlike Rozier, who was using that as an extra season of high school ball, he was supposed to be a senior in high school, so he was young for the prep school ranks. U of L coach Rick Pitino said Gill would "blossom" next season when he gets more time on the floor with the loss of some of the current seniors. Gill was actually coming on late in the season and saw his minutes bump a bit but then missed the three games in the AAC Tournament after suffering a concussion. He only hit 6 of 25 from three-point range but will see that number jump dramatically next season.

Best game: Gill's best game – statistically – was early in the season against Missouri-Kansas City with seven points and three rebounds on 3 of 4 shooting from the field in 12 minutes. But he was also solid late in the season in 14 minutes against Temple. He only had one assist and one rebounds – 0-for-2 from the field – but was active on defense and player well.

Projected future: U of L's coaching staff, including Pitino, are very high on the skill set and the potential that Gill has showed in practice this season. He had a hard time finding his way onto the court in his first season and with so many solid guards on the team, but next season he'll move up in the rotation. Expect him to play key minutes and become one of the team's best shooters.

Quotable: "I just watched the veteran guys and saw how they handled situations and how hard they worked," Gill said. Added Rick Pitino: "Anton Gill is a lot better basketball player than you all have seen because he's playing behind Russ (Smith) and Terry (Rozier). He'll help us next season a lot."

Fun fact: As a senior at Hargrave, Gill scored a school-record 56 points in a game just a few days after he scored 50. He only made 11 field goals this season.

Bottom line: Gill is a talent. He must continue to work hard and show the same type of improvement in the offseason that he showed in practice this season. He's going to play and will be a major contributor down the road.

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