Before the days of his poofy hair (admittedly, I don't even know how to categorize it), Anthony Gill was a redshirt transfer for the 2012-2013 season. Transferring from the University of South Carolina, Gill embarked on a new journey at U.Va and developed quickly into the player we now know. This year, he averaged 13.8 points and 6.1 rebounds a game. Over the last three years, Gill has averaged an impressive 58.4% from the field. He was a constant for Virginia over the last few years and you almost knew he was going to score whether it was through an aggressive move or a nifty pump fake. Often, he doesn't get enough credit for the energy and consistency that he provided, but Virginia fans definitely recognize how great of a player Gill is.
Most will note that Gill always seems to have a smile on his face, which is something many Virginia fans will always remember. He is no stranger to adversity, but he maintains his positive attitude on life. This year, Gill was named to the 2016 Allstate NABC Good Works Team, which recognizes student-athletes who do outstanding work in the community. Efforts like this exemplify Anthony Gill and it only makes him a even more special member of Virginia basketball. Like the other Fourth-Years, Gill joined an upstart Virginia program that had its fair share of question marks. He now leaves one of the best programs in the country, joining former greats like Joe Harris and Justin Anderson. The growth and identity of Virginia basketball is tied to players like Anthony Gill, who epitomize everything that Virginia fans have come to love about it. From the pack-line to the five pillars, Gill bought into Tony Bennett's vision and helped establish a program that will flourish in the future.
Thank you Anthony for everything and we wish you the best in the NBA Draft and the future!