NBA free agency opened Friday night, November 20, and it brought good news for one former Virginia star. Anthony Gill, who played for Tony Bennett from 2014-2016, has reportedly signed a two-year deal to join the Washington Wizards. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news first:
Free agent PF Anthony Gill has agreed to a two-year deal with the Washington Wizards, agent Sean Kennedy of @excelsm_bball tells ESPN. Gill played in Khimki of the EuroLeague last season.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
Gill transferred to Virginia from South Carolina before the 2012-13 season and was instrumental in the Cavaliers rise from cellar-dweller to perennial powerhouse. Although he is often overshadowed by teammates Malcolm Brogdon, Joe Harris, and London Perrantes, Gill was a pivotal team member for the Hoos.
He averaged 18.6 points per game over his time at Virginia, and added a 14.4% total rebounding percentage and an eFG% of 58.4%. The Cavaliers made the Sweet 16 in 2014 with Gill playing in the post and struggled down the stretch against Michigan State in that game after he went down with an ankle injury (also, Teven was fouled). Gill’s career ended in heartbreaking fashion after the Cavaliers fell to Syracuse in the 2016 Elite Eight.
Gill finished in the top 10 Ken Pom Player of the Year rankings twice as he sat at No. 7 after the 2015 season and No. 10 after 2016. The Cavaliers went 89-19 (82%) over the three years Gill played on the team, and notched a 45-9 (83%) record in conference play.
After graduating, Gill went un-drafted and eventually ended up going overseas to play for Khimki in Russia. Gill played three seasons for Khimki, averaging 10.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game. He shot 65% from two while overseas, but more impressively, AG added some range to his game. Over his time with Khimki, Gill shot 41% from three, including 44% last season. At Virginia, Gill was 2-for-3 from three for his career, but only took them as a last option late in the shot clock.
Huge congratulations to Anthony and his family!