The Nebraska Cornhuskers entered the 2014-15 season with high expectations surrounding the program. Coming off a big year in 2013-14, one in which they made it back to the NCAA Tournament, many had bigger and better things in mind for the Huskers last season.
Despite having the likes of Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields on their roster, Nebraska never lived up to the lofty expectations. They struggled in Big Ten play, finishing with a record of 5 – 13 in conference play, and 13 – 18 overall. The Huskers lost their last nine games of the season, which added insult to injury. To top things off, Petteway declared for the NBA Draft early, foregoing his senior year with Nebraska.
Things got a little brighter for their future on Tuesday, as former Louisville Cardinal Anton Gill committed to Nebraska for the 2016-17 season.On the transfer market, Gill was widely considered as one of the top targets for NCAA programs all across the country. It was announced on Tuesday night that Gill informed ESPN of his decision to make the move to Lincoln, NE and become a Cornhusker.
Over his two seasons with the Cardinals, the 6’3” Gill was unable to see much playing time in Rick Pitino’s system. With the likes of Terry Rozier and Wayne Blackshear ahead of him on the depth chart, it was tough for him to see the court.
In 2014-15, Gill averaged 9.4 minutes of floor time per contest. In limited minutes, he averaged 2.5 points and 0.8 rebounds per game.
Gill was a fairly sought-after prospect coming out of high school (48th on ESPN’s Top 100 prospects), where he chose to play at Louisville over the likes of North Carolina, Miami, Wake Forest, and other high-calibre programs.
He chose to transfer to Nebraska after considering Georgetown, East Carolina, and Providence. After sitting out the 2015-16 season, Gill will be eligible to suit up for the Huskers come the 2016-17 season where he will look to have an immediate impact in his new home.