TOC Spotlight: Anton Gill

RALEIGH, N.C. - Anton Gill Jr. considers himself nothing more than a basketball player.

So, when the inevitable conversation starts concerning which guard position he'll play in college -- he doesn't bother engaging.

"If you're a guard and can shoot and do everything, that's a plus," he said. "That means the coaches can play you in so many different ways. I can play either position, it just depends on what's needed at the time. Offensively, I just try to make the right play. I don't try to force anything -- I just try to let it come to me."

Gill's school list consists of N.C. State, Wake Forest, Clemson, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, Georgetown and South Carolina.

"The similarity between all those teams is that they just run and up and down and let you play," he said. "I think that's something I do kind of well."

Added Anton Gill Sr., Gill Jr's father and Garner Road's coach: "Obviously most of the top schools are great institutions. On the basketball side, his decision will come down to how he fits into the program and how he fits in with the team. The recruiting process is getting to know the coaches and that's what he's doing now."

While he can't have direct contact, Gill Jr. said his high school coach (Ravenscroft head coach Kevin Billerman) has communicated with the UNC coaching staff about a potential visit.

"I'm supposed to be going up there soon (on an unofficial visit) to talk to the coaches," said Gill Jr. "North Carolina is a great school -- it's the top school in the nation. But, I don't have an impression yet because all these schools are great. I'm just going to take my time and make the right decision."

Gill Jr. hopes to make his college decision before his senior high school season begins.

Coming off a foot injury, the 2011 Tournament of Champions represents Gill's first basketball experience in some time.

On Saturday, he showed no ill-effects from the injury.

Gill torched Team Loaded, scoring 22 points on 6-of-10 (3-5 3pt, 7-12 FT) from the field. Against consistent full-court pressure, Gill scored in a variety of ways -- from well beyond the 3-point line, on contested and uncontested drives and both spot-up and pull-up jump shots.

"Anton is an aggressive scorer and he's good at getting to the basket," Gill Sr. said. "His aggressiveness is what makes our team go. So, he's a team leader for us also."

Throughout Saturday's game, Team Loaded mounted comebacks while Gill Jr. was on the bench. In the second half, a 12-point lead dwindled to four with Gill Jr. resting. As soon as he re-entered the game, Garner Road pushed its lead back to double digits with Gill Jr. leading the way.

"He's been leading by example in the past," explained Gill Sr. "On our team all the kids look to him to lead the way."


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