Heels Picking Up Pursuit of Gill

When watching college teams play, Anton Gill takes a close look at how they utilize their guards. After all, the Raleigh (N.C.) Ravenscroft junior is one of the top scoring guards in the class of 2013.

On Wednesday, during North Carolina's 60-57 win over Wisconsin at the Smith Center, Gill liked what he saw from UNC's perimeter players.

"I liked the sets they ran," said the 6-foot-2 Gill, who sat courtside. "One thing I noticed, they set a lot of down screens for Reggie (Bullock) and P.J. (Hairston) to get them open threes. That fits in with what I can do on the court."

Gill arrived at the Smith Center midway through the first half, as he rushed to Chapel Hill following a high school game in Raleigh.

"It was a packed house and sold out," he said. "Me and my dad sat right in front of the student section, right in front of the bench. It was loud and exciting and it was a really good game."

"I like the way Carolina plays – they play pressure defense and they run up and down on offense," Gill continued. "They play to the strengths of the players they have at the time – that was something I really noticed."

Following the Tar Heels' win, Gill visited the locker room and met with UNC assistants Jerod Haase, Steve Robinson and C.B. McGrath. He also was introduced to new director of athletics, Bubba Cunningham.

"It was great to meet him," said Gill. "He seemed like a really nice guy."

The visit concluded with a brief conversation with head coach Roy Williams. Gill, his father and Williams discussed UNC's interest level and how Gill would fit in at UNC.

"He thanked us for coming because he knew it was tight getting here," said Gill. "He said he planned to come to one of my upcoming games."

"He said they have two good point guards coming in and they said with my skill level, I could fit in with what they're trying to do. He talked about me being a little bit of a combo guard, being able to knock down shots and being able to really pressure the ball. He said they really think I can help them in those areas."

UNC's evaluation of Gill meshes well with his self-assessment.

"Offensively – I'm a good shooter and I can knock down open shots," he said. "I can make my own shots, and I can get to the rim. I think one of my biggest strengths is my decision making. I know when to cut, when to shoot and when to pass."

After receiving steady -- but not heavy -- interest, the last few months, Gill says the UNC coaching staff's interest in him seems to be increasing.

"Before, I probably talked to them once every couple of weeks," he explained. "I feel like now it's starting to pick up a little bit. We'll see where it goes from here."

Gill has offers from East Carolina, Florida State, UNC-Charlotte, Louisville, Wake Forest, Miami, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Oklahoma State, Xavier and Rutgers. He's also receiving interest from Memphis and Oklahoma.

Wednesday's visit was his fifth to the UNC campus and the second game he's attended.

Originally, Gill planned to commit towards the end of his junior basketball season – that's no longer the case.

"I just feel like there's no reason to rush," he said. "This season is going to be big for me. I'd rather be late and make the right decision, then rush it to fit into a timetable. Now I can just focus on the season and try and win a state championship with my teammates."

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