South Carolina Basketball: Anthony Gill Given Permission to Seek Transfer

Adam GarrettAnalyst IApril 6, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 07:  Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats dribbles the ball during the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Rupp Arena on January 7, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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One of South Carolina's top young players has been given permission to seek a transfer from the university after the recent coaching change.

Anthony Gill was granted permission from USC to be released from his scholarship in order to find another school to continue playing college basketball.

Gill was a top recruit for the 2011-2012 season for former coach Darrin Horn and showcased loads of potential that had him ranked as one of the top high school basketball players in the country. South Carolina underwent a coaching change from Darrin Horn to Kansas State's Frank Martin in the offseason, and this gave Gill some uncertainty for continuing his South Carolina career.

Frank Martin released a statement today in regards to the news of Anthony Gill receiving his release:

"We're going to allow Anthony to go through the recruiting process again, and South Carolina will be involved in that."

Martin commented earlier this week about how he'll have to re-recruit the current players at South Carolina, and this holds true with Anthony Gill.

The true freshman averaged 7.6 points per game along with 4.7 rebounds. He had double-digit scoring in seven games, and either led or shared the team lead in scoring six times.

South Carolina upgraded by hiring Frank Martin to replace Darrin Horn. He will, however, need some players to work with, and Anthony Gill could play a big role next season.

The Gamecocks hope Martin can convince him to return, or else there could be some growing pains for the new coach of South Carolina.