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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Freshmen phenoms, then and now

Written January 17th, 2011 by Jay

The 2010-11 team has a great mix of senior leadership and freshmen talent

Fans of Ohio State basketball have had a lot to cheer about since the arrival of Thad Matta in 2004.  Matta’s passionate coaching coupled with his ability to recruit top players has created a program that puts a superb team on the court year in and year out.  If you’re truly going to be a contender each season, you can’t have one without the other.  Great talent can power you through games, even if the plays aren’t running smoothly and there are breakdowns in focus.  Conversely, a well-disciplined team that executes can overcome a team made up of individual stars.  It’s the teams that develop a pipeline of talent and then harness it appropriately that win championships.

Ohio State’s 2006 recruiting class set the bar for bringing in elite players, and under Matta’s coaching the Buckeyes made it all the way to the national championship game with that freshmen-led team.  Along the way, fans got to experience an undefeated home record, only the fourth freshman All-American of all time in Greg Oden, and the electrifying play of Mike Conley, Jr.  The NCAA Tournament run capped an impressive season with thrilling wins over Xavier and Tennessee.  After the season, Oden, Conley, and fellow freshman and Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year Daequan Cook bolted for the financially greener pastures of the NBA.

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