Anton Gill transferring from Louisville

Just three days after being a hero for the University of Louisville basketball team, sophomore guard Anton Gill is leaving the program. Cardinal Authority has confirmed with Gill that he will transfer to another school.

Anton Gill was a hero on Friday night for the University of Louisville basketball team and three days later he's no longer on the team.

Gill, a sophomore guard from Raleigh, N.C., told Cardinal Authority that he was going to transfer to another school. He said he made the decision after a talk last night with his family following U of L's 76-70 loss to Michigan State.

"I tried to focus on the season and to help my team win, so I wasn't really thinking a lot about it," he said. "But once the season was over I had to talk to my family.

"I have to do what's best for me. I feel like it's time to move on."

Gill said he hasn't been in contact with any other schools and that he wasn't in a rush to make any decisions about his future.

He said this week "hasn't been tough, that's just life sometimes."

"It's just how it is," he said. "I felt like it was time for me to look for a new opportunity. I didn't really get the opportunity I thought I would here."

Gill, who averaged just 9.5 minutes a game and only scored 78 points all season, said his time on the bench was "very tough."

The 6-foot-3 Gill scored 14 in a game against Florida State in late February and last Friday was the hero of the win over North Carolina State in the NCAA Sweet 16 game. He hit 3 of 3 from the field and scored seven points in a two-minute stretch to lift the Cardinals to a 75-65 victory over the Wolfpack.

"He won the game for us," U of L coach Rick Pitino said then.

Gill, who had only four games of more than seven points all season, hit a runner in the lane, a three-pointer and another close-in shot. He also had two steals and an assist.

"Anton is one of the finest young men that I have had the privilege of coaching the past two years," Pitino said in a release. "He is a bright, articulate, hard-working young man that we will miss very much. I agree with his decision and have given him his release to attend any university he desires. He wants to play major minutes and I believe he has a bright future ahead of him. We thank him for his dedication to our team."

Gill averaged 2.5 points and 0.8 rebounds in 31 games this season. He was named to the All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball team this season and finished his career with 110 points in 54 games over two years.


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