Prospect Profile: Anthony Gill

Written April 23rd, 2012 by Joe Dexter

This article incorrectly referenced sources claiming Kendall Gill was Anthony Gill’s father.  Anthony Gill Sr. is his father. We are sorry for any confusion. 

With the recruiting season coming to a near close, coaches across the country are looking to already experienced NCAA talent to harbor their squads in the next upcoming seasons. With the Buckeyes still holding onto three scholarships for the 2012 class, it’s very likely that head coach Thad Matta is looking at a handful of transfer options for either this season or next year. We’ve already looked at some of those options in the past, including former Mississippi State guard Rodney Hood. Today, we start a series of profiling the possible fits for Buckeye Basketball.

Today, we take a look at former South Carolina forward Anthony Gill. After his visit to campus during the spring game, the buzz has been that he will make a decision between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

For a team that could need some help in the post,  Anthony Gill would be a nice addition. Only recruited heavily out of high school by George Washington, Liberty, Richmond, and South Carolina — Gill had something to prove in his first year on the college hardwood.

And despite his desire to leave Columbia after one season, Gill is more than on his way to establishing himself as a marquee player in college basketball. With Frank Martin heading to the SEC after doing such a great job at Kansas State, you’d think a young talented forward would be excited to continue his tenure at the University that recruited him.

Despite playing in all 31 games and starting in 26, there is only one thing  though that a young player has that can guarantee they will see the playing time they believe they deserve. The trust of the coach they are playing for.

What Gill brings to the table is still a question that is going to take more playing time to answer. At 6’8″ (on a good day), he really can rebound well and hold his own inside. The best part is that he has the agility to guard out on the perimeter if need be. That’s huge in the B1G and across the nation, because so many power forwards (see Deshaun Thomas) can shoot the basketball and create scoring opportunities by either dishing it off, settling for a jumper, or driving to the lane to get to the bucket.

After riding the momentum of Amedeo Della Valle over the weekend, it seems like the Buckeye coaching staff has their eye on a future forward. After taking in all the festivities that took place this weekend, you have to believe that the Buckeyes are right where they need to be when it comes to Anthony Gill.

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Tony Parker to Announce Decision Monday

Written April 20th, 2012 by Joe Dexter

It looks like another date has been set in the Tony Parker sweepstakes. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Michael Carvell, the Four time Georgia State Champion was set to make a decision sometime today. Miller Grove head coach Sharman White told the paper last Sunday that the top 25 ranked recruit is ready to make his decision and end the process.

Yet again though, we’ll have to wait even further than expected.

At this point, Parker and his family say that they will let the world know where to expect arguably the best 0ffensive big man in this class to land on Monday.  Many speculate it’s because The Georgia product has soured on UCLA and is looking at Kansas and Duke more and more as his decision looms. High school head coach Sharman White shared this with folks on Wednesday through the Atlanta Journal constitution.

“Tony and his family just wanted a little more time. That way, they will get the weekend to hammer it out. No official time has been set but it will likely be around 3:30 or 4 p.m.”

Parker, who had planned to announce his school of choice at the start of the signing period, has narrowed it down to UCLA, Georgia, Duke, Kansas and Ohio State.

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