Anton Gill: Louisville Commit Showing Why He Will Make a Great Cardinal

Jon HancockSenior Analyst IAugust 19, 2012

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Anton Gill wasn't able to play a lot this summer after hurting his ankle in July. Gill was still able to impress scouts on and off the floor. Recently, moved Gill from a 4-star rated recruit to a 5-star and he is now the 26th-best player in his class.

He did not move up much on 247Sports' ratings last month, but Jerry Meyer informed me on Twitter that, "Anton Gill stayed relatively the same prob cause he didn't play since last update."

I had a chance to talk to Mike Gandolfo, head recruiter for the Derby Festival Basketball Classic, about Gill's leadership ability on and off the court. Gandolfo said of him, "Anton is a great kid who is excited about being a Louisville Cardinal. He has spent most of the summer battling an ankle injury and it frustrates him not be on the floor much, but he is handling it great. He is in the middle of the bench acting as another coach. He will get his teammates water at timeouts—anything to help while he is not playing. Even when he is not playing, you can see him on the bench consuming what is happening on the floor."

ESPN says of UofL's future guard:

"Gill plays above the rim on the break with ability to run the floor and catch lob passes. Gill also can receive the outlet and push the pace off the dribble where he can find the open man when a second defender arrives."

At 6'3", 185 lbs. Anton Gill is known for his athleticism and great defense. Before committing to Louisville last December, he had offers from Charlotte, South Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest and several other schools. 

When he committed, he told the Courier Journal, "I love the facilities and really like the Yum! Center. I had been thinking about it and knew Louisville was the place I wanted to be, so I just decided I didn't want to wait any longer and committed."

Gill is the type of player Coach Rick Pitino is trying to get to play for him, a player that is wanting to come in and win and not too worried about his own stats. He has the potential to be something special as he continues to develop over the next year. He will be playing his senior year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.