Gill 'recruiting' for Louisville

Gill 'recruiting' for Louisville

Unburdened by the recruiting process, Louisville commit Anton Gill will serve as an unofficial recruiter for Rick Pitino's program this summer on the recruiting trail.

Anton Gill isn't worried about impressing college coaches this summer.

That's because the four-star 2013 guard from North Carolina has already committed to play for Louisville coach Rick Pitino after prepping his final high school season at Hargrave (VA) Academy.

"My motivation is just to get better every time I step on the floor," Gill said. "My ultimate goal is to make the McDonald's All-American game and the top all-star games. Every time I step on the floor this summer I have to show people that I have improved."

Gill played well at the NBA Top 100 Camp Thursday morning. The strong, 6'4 guard was unselfish with the ball, finishing with nine points and two assists. Gill says he wants to be a "sponge" this week, soaking up knowledge from former NBA players who are serving as instructors at camp.

"I felt like I played alright," Gill said after his first NBA Camp game. "The first game is always tough because you're getting used to your teammates and you don't want to take too many shots and get on anybody's bad side. I just tried to play hard and get into a rhythm early."

A standout at Adidas Nations and the Pangos All-American Camp this spring, Gill is working to improve his decision-making ability with the basketball.

"Overall, I think I had a pretty good spring," Gill said. "I'm just trying to build off that and continue the momentum."

"I've been working a lot on my decision-making, coming off the screen and roll because as a combo [guard] you have to play a lot of point. I always work on ball handling, shooting, just fine tuning my game.

Gill said his decision to attend Hargrave was cemented after a narrow loss on ESPN to prep powerhouse Montrose Christian, calling that experience a "wake up call" against players who looked more college ready.

"After that game me and my dad talked about it and I told him I want to be an impact player my freshman year," Gill said. "It's one thing to work on your game…the physical part is another thing.

"I felt like [Hargrave] would give me the best chance to go to Louisville and be an impact player. The schedule is great and I've got other great players going there with me in Greg McClinton and Donte Clark. We're all going to work together and improve. It's just the whole atmosphere, it's like a college atmosphere. There's more time than a regular school to work on your game."

Unburdened by the recruiting process, Gill will serve as an unofficial recruiter for Pitino's program this summer.

"I texted Trez [Montrezl Harrell] for a month to sign with Louisville," Gill said proudly. "I talk to Greg McClinton all the time. Moses Kingsley is my roommate so I'm working on him too. I'm trying to get him to commit so we can get a class going."

Gill says it's important to know when to push guys and when to back off when talking about the recruiting process.

"Sometimes you can't push too hard because they're nowhere close [to a decision]. But I'm doing a good job. I'm one for one on Montrezl."

What about Kingsley, one of Louisville's top frontcourt targets?

"I don't think he's close to a decision, but I think he really likes Louisville," Gill said. "I think he's going to take an unofficial soon. So hopefully he gets down there and really likes it."

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