Nebraska's off-season has been a tough one. After coming off of a disappointing season the Cornhuskers were looking ahead to this upcoming season. That was until a few weeks ago, though, when Andrew White III announced his departure from the team. With the Cornhuskers still looking to fill their roster, Tim Miles and his team took a hit. Not only did the Cornhuskers lose their leading scorer, but they also lost one of their best two-way players.
Now, the team is back on campus for summer practice and they're looking to fill the voids missing on the team. There are many players who will have the opportunity to step up and take on more minutes on the court. One player that is currently a little under-the-radar, but may have a major impact on the Huskers this year? Anton Gill.
Gill sat out last season due to transfer rules, but he was a top-50 recruit coming out of high school from Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. He transferred from The University of Louisville, where he didn't see much playing time his first two years due to the depth on Louisville's roster. His sophomore year at Louisville, the 2014-2015 season, he averaged 10 minutes a game while averaging 2.5 point and collecting 0.7 rebounds. In the 2014- 2015 season, Louisville had a 27-9 record and danced all the way to the Elite in the NCAA March Madness tournament.
In Gill's freshman year, the 2013-2014 season, he didn't see much time on the court and was primarily a reserve off of the bench for Louisville.
After two years at Louisville and a redshirt year, Gill is ready to take the court. Nebraska released a video highlighting Anton Gill in early May.
Tim Miles starts off the video by saying, "I'm very excited about next years recruiting class... but the one [player] you can't forget about is Anton Gill."
Miles praised Gill for his abilities on the court. He noted that he's solid two-guard, he is explosive on the court and he can shoot the ball well. Whether it's an isolated shot or Gill is coming off of a screen, he's very good at executing his shots. The video highlights Gill taking shots from all over the court. He drives to the lane, he can shoot layups, and he has a strong outside shot.
Gill also reflected on his redshirt year in the video.
"It's tough to sit out," Gill said. "But when you look at it, you get a year just to work on your game."
He also said this year gave him time to grow physically and he took advantage if it as much as he could. Playing against his teammates gave him the opportunity to develop chemistry with them on the court- which will be important heading in to next year.
Although Gill redshirted this past season, he still understands he has a spot to earn on the team.
"I want to come in and try to be a leader and help push these guys towards some wins next year," said Gill. "Honestly, all that comes from just working hard. I have to earn that position from my teammates and my coaches, but I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get that."
You can find the full video below: