The Maryland staff just hosted UNLV decommit Justin Jackson April 29-30, and now they’re set to bring in another forward in immediately-eligible Duquesne graduate transfer LG Gill. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Gill, a native of Chesterfield, Va., has been hearing consistently from UMD head coach Mark Turgeon and assistant Dustin Clark, per his former Benedictine High (Va.) head coach, Robert Churchwell.
“L.G. and I have spoken quite a bit the last few weeks after he decided to transfer [April 5],” Churchwell said. “And I just know that Maryland is one of the two schools he really likes right now. He obviously hasn’t been to campus yet, but the staff there, what they stand for, and the opportunities there, it really stands out to him. I think L.G. really wants a chance to showcase himself at the highest level of college basketball and to play in the NCAA tournament, and Maryland provides him a great chance to do that.”
Turgeon personally paid Gill a visit in early April and evidently left quite an impression. Churchwell said the coach’s message resonated with Gill, who led Benedictine to a state title four years ago.
“I believe No. 1, the winning tradition at Maryland stood out to L.G. That’s a big part of it,” Churchwell said. “And another big part is Coach Turgeon and his staff are giving him a chance to showcase more of the skill-set he has. He has a great opportunity in that offensive system to really show what he can do. And academically Maryland is a very good school too, which I know L.G. liked.”
Churchwell mentioned that UMD’s close proximity to Gill’s Virginia home probably won’t factor into the forward’s decision, however.
“Being a man now, distance probably isn’t as important to him,” Churchwell said. “Four years ago, maybe, but he’s a man now (laughs).”
The other school in the running for Gill’s services is Marquette, which the forward visited April 29. Churchwell didn’t want to speak on the Golden Eagles, however, so as not to put words in Gill’s mouth.
The coach did allow there were a couple other schools Gill could consider and perhaps visit, but might be ready to select his future destination shortly after trekking through College Park, Md.
“I don’t know for sure, but we talked about the possibility of [a commitment] happening after that Maryland visit,” said Churchwell said. “There might be others he wants to see first, but I know Maryland is one of the schools he’s really looking hard at.”
As far as Gill’s game is concerned, Churchwell said he’s filled out, added strength and expanded his arsenal since his days at Benedictine. Last year at Duquesne, Gill averaged 10 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game.
“L.G. can knock down the 3 ball, and he also has the ability to put the ball on the floor and make plays in the half-court set,” Churchwell said. “He can slash, finish with his right and left hand, and he makes the right pass. He’s long and lanky, he’s a good athlete and he’s a very strong rebounder. Plus he has a high, high basketball IQ. And he’s a great young man from a fantastic family.”