Anton Gill excited for "crazy" atmosphere

Anton Gill

Soon after arriving in Louisville for Saturday's HoopFest, future Cardinal and 5-star guard Anton Gill sat down with Cardinal Authority and talked about his season, playing in HoopFest and more.

Louisville fans have an opportunity to glimpse into the future on Saturday evening when Chatham, Va., Hargrave Military Academy faces Action Sports Academy of Stone Mountain, Ga., in the Louisville HoopFest at Iroquois High School.

The Hargrave backcourt is comprised of U of L commitments Anton Gill and Terry Rozier. The 6-foot-4 Gill is averaging over 20 points a game for Hargrave (26-5).

"I just hope I can play well," he told Cardinal Authority on Friday evening. "I'm excited to be able to come here to play, so it should be fun. It‘s going to be crazy, so I just want to give my best effort."

Gill has registered two of the top four all-time single-game scoring totals at Hargrave, including a school record 56 effort early in the season. He poured in 50, including 10 3-pointers, in his teams last outing.

"I'm probably playing the best basketball that I have in awhile," Gill said. "I was a little hurt over the summer, so it was tough getting back to game shape, but it feels like everything is starting to come around now. I play with a bunch of great teammates and they make my job easy."

Gill credits his accuracy from the field to the extra time he spends in the gym.

"I'm a gym rat," he explained. "[The ball] has been feeling good coming out of my hands, so I try to run with it for as long as I have it."

"He gets up extra shots every single day," said Hargrave head coach A.W. Hamilton. "He wears my assistant coaches out, because they have to rebound for him every single day after practice. He works so hard."

Playing alongside his future college teammate provides daily benefit to both Gill and Rozier.

"It's great," said Gill. "Ever since we started playing together our chemistry from day one has been tremendous. As for me personally, he's pushing me to best the player that I can be and I hope I am doing the same for him."

With former Hargrave head coach Kevin Keatts now on the Louisville sideline, Gill admits that their relationship was the key factor in his decision to become a Cardinal.

"Our relationship is great. My relationship with coaching staff is really why I committed to Louisville. We stay in contact and they are telling me what I need to work on."

As for what to expect from him at the Louisville HoopFest…

"No predictions," said the 5-star guard. "I'm going to play as hard as I can and give 100% effort. I can say this, it‘s going to be fun."

Hargrave will play Action Sports Academy, a prep school out of Stone Mountain, Ga., with more than a half dozen Division I prospects, at 8:30 p.m. The event will start at 3:15 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door.

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