Gill Updates Recruitment

Ravenscroft (NC) guard Anton Gill came up big for Garner Road in the Tournament of Champions. He talks about his performance and recruitment with Pack Pride.

Anton Gill wasn't sure how he would perform in the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. He had missed several weeks with a foot injury, and the tournament would be his first in a while with Garner Road's 16-under team.

"The first couple of games I was definitely struggling," said Gill. "I didn't have my legs, but I think as we played more games I started to get back into it... got back into the flow."

Playing with fellow top 2013 recruit Isaiah Hicks, Gill still played a role in helping the Bulldogs advance to the title game where they faced the Long Island Lightning.

"I was excited to make it to the title game," said Gill. "There was a little more adrenaline going... there was a big crowd, and it was in my home gym at Ravenscroft.

"I hit an early jumper and a layup, but I went cold for a while. I kept telling myself to move on, and I made some plays down the stretch when we needed it."

In a game that went down to the final seconds, it would be Gill who made the biggest plays. He finished the game with 13 points, but he scored seven of Garner Road's final nine, including the game-winner.

The Lightning took a two-point lead with five seconds remaining on an offensive putback, and Gill's father, Anton Gill Sr. who is coaching Garner Road, called a timeout to set up the game-winning play. The result was a 30-footer by Gill at the buzzer that gave the Bulldogs a 58-57 win and the 16-under title.

"We set up four across and knew they would face guard a little bit because of how they set up before the timeout," said Gill. "We set up for Marcus [Bryan] to set me a screen to free me up to get the ball, and I had five seconds to create the best shot for myself that I could.

"I worked it down the court and was able to get up a three-pointer. It felt good coming off my hands, and it went in."

Gill admits that he grew up attending the Tournament of Champions often as a kid, and being able to not only participate in it but to win the title and MVP was special.

"First of all for our team it means a lot," he said. "It's the Bob Gibbons Tournament... everyone around here watches it and winning it shows how hard we've been working.

"For me, I watched all the great players that came through here in it and just being able to win the tournament takes it to another level."

Gill's success could also already be paying dividends on the recruiting trail. He picked up another offer from a Big East power on Wednesday.

"Actually I got an offer from Louisville," said Gill. "That was pretty exciting. I talked to coach Keatts, and he talked to my dad earlier in the day.

"Obviously it's a top program in the country right now, and they think I can help them out. I'm hoping to get up there for an unofficial visit soon."

He currently holds offers from NC State, South Carolina, Wake Forest, and Louisville among others. He is receiving interest from programs such as North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, and Georgetown.

The last unofficial visit Gill took was to NC State, which is just minutes from his house.

"We went over to the Dail Center shortly after I got my offer," he stated. "Me, my dad and my mom wanted to talk some more with coach Gottfried and coach Early. They showed me around, and we had a conversation about how the transition has been for them. We also talked about all of the things they are trying to do as a program."

Another plus for NC State could be the fact that the Wolfpack has a commitment from 2012 point guard Tyler Lewis. Gill is very familiar with Lewis, and consider himself a fan of his game.

"I'm definitely a fan," said Gill. "He's a great player. I've met him a couple of times, and he seems like a great guy.

"At the Gibbons he put up huge numbers and had people talking all about him. I think it's kind of cool to have someone like that on your team. It is definitely something I will look at because he ca make me a better player with how he plays."

It's going to be a busy June for Gill. He heads to Wake Forest for their elite camp this weekend and will also travel to St. Louis for Nike's Elite 100 Camp next week. After that event he'll attend elite camps at NC State and Virginia Tech and will attend team camps at NC State and East Carolina with Ravenscroft High School.

The focus now on is improving as a player. He will be a junior this fall and is no hurry to make a decision.

"I don't really have a leader," said Gill. "My goal is to keep improving my game and work my way all the way back. I want to see what all offers I can get first before making a decision.

"I talked with my dad about it and we're going to try and make my decision before my senior year. Then I can just focus on basketball."

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