Pack Offers Gill

Raleigh (NC) Ravenscroft junior Anton Gill received big news on Wednesday, as NC State extended a scholarship offer to the 2013 standout.

Anton Gill received big news on Wednesday, as NC State extended a scholarship offer to the 2013 standout.

"It feels real good," said Gill. "I think a lot of my hard work is starting to pay off because this is my first ACC offer. I talked to coach Orlando Early, and he talked to my parents and let us know that they were offering me a scholarship. We're supposed to go over to State for a visit here soon."

What made Gill's offer even more impressive is that he was unable to workout for the Wolfpack coaches during the evaluation period because he is recovering from a stress fracture that has him sidelined 4-6 weeks.

"Coach Gottfried came to our school during the evaluation period, but I didn't get to really show what I can do because I'm still out with the stress fracture," Gill said. "They still offered me a scholarship too... it makes me feel like they have a lot of confidence in my game and what I can do. That means a lot when considering what school I'm going to choose my junior or senior year."

Gill, who helped Raleigh (N.C.) Ravenscroft to a 24-4 record, averaged 17 points a game during his sophomore season. He lives literally minutes from the NC State campus, and he admits that it means a lot to him to have the chance to potentially play for his hometown school.

"Obviously it's special to have them offer me with me being right here," he said. "You grow up here and see all the great teams and players living so close to the campus. As a kid I still remember going to State games and going to Reynolds Coliseum. My aunt even works there too so it's definitely big."

NC State has made it a priority to target the top in-state talent, and Gill is certainly one of the best guards in the state. He turned heads with his play at the 2011 Carolina Challenge, impressing scouts with his ability to make shots.

"Arguably the top performer in the 2013 class, Gill went up against the best the Challenge had to offer and he more than held his own," said's Evan Daniels. "He finished tied for third in scoring with 19.7 points per game. Gill, a 6-foot-3 guard scored 51 points through his first two games.

"The southpaw can score in a variety of ways and he did it against some talented defenders. On Saturday he was burying pull-up jumpers and finishing at the tin. He's a legit high major prospect."

The NC State coaches have let him know that landing elite talent is a point of emphasis.

"Coach Early talked about building towards winning a national championship," said Gill. "They want to land the top players in the nation, and it seems like it's headed in right direction. It means a lot to me that they consider me one of the top players out there."

When talking with Gill about recruits, Early mentioned the Wolfpack's lone commitment in the 2012 class, Tyler Lewis. Gill is very familiar with the Forsyth Country Day star point guard's game.

"One of the guys mentioned was Tyler Lewis from Forsyth Country Day," Gill stated. "I played against him my freshman year and with him at some camps, and I actually met him at the Carolina Challenge. He's a great player and seems like a really cool guy. He was down-to-earth and easy to talk to.

"He is the type of point guard anyone would like to play with because he makes your job easier. For me, he would make it easy with his vision and passing ability. All I would have to do is run the floor and catch his easy passes... knock down shots and play defense. He'd definitely make my job easier."

Gill now has offers from NC State, Charlotte, and East Carolina, and he is receiving major interest from programs such as Wake Forest, Clemson, and North Carolina.

"Recruiting will probably pick up even more over the summer," said Gill. "I don't really have a top list, but if I did NC State would be up there.

"I'm not sure on a timeframe, but I probably want to make my decision after my junior season and before my senior year."

Gill says that he will be attending the Nike Top 100 Camp in St. Louis and plans on attending Elite Camps at NC State and Wake Forest.

He is currently rated the No. 8 shooting guard prospect in the 2013 class by His father, Anton Gill Sr., a 6-foot-8 power forward, played for East Carolina after starring at Raleigh (NC) Millbrook High School.

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