Duquesne graduate transfer power forward L.G. Gill has committed to finish his college career at Maryland. Gill has one year of eligibility remaining, and he'll use it next season in College Park.
Gill visited Maryland over the weekend. In addition to Maryland, he reportedly had been considering Marquette. He's a 6'8 power forward, listed by ESPN's Jeff Borzello and Jeff Goodman as the No. 8 available transfer in college basketball this offseason. For Maryland to get him -- with immediate eligibility -- is a helpful development.
He went to high school at Benedictine College Prep and is from Chesterfield, Va., so Maryland marks a relative homecoming for Gill after spending his first three seasons in Pittsburgh.
"I chose Maryland because I believe it's the best fit for me from a basketball standpoint and for my future success after I'm done playing basketball," Gill said in a statement Maryland released. "I have established a great relationship with coach Turgeon and the staff throughout this recruiting process. Coach Turgeon has talked with me multiple times about how he is going to utilize me in this program and his beliefs in my capabilities.
"There was an instant connection between me and my future teammates. I could just tell that they were close like brothers and that is something that I would love to be a part of."
Gill made 42 starts and played in 94 games at Duquesne, and his numbers improved drastically year over year. He averaged 10.1 points and 6.5 rebounds on 44 percent shooting last season, all career bests by a long shot.
Gill has decent, not great, size for a power forward, but he's definitely big enough, and he should have the athleticism to help the Terps in myriad ways. He joins Damonte Dodd, Michal Cekovsky and Ivan Bender as Maryland's current frontcourt. The Terps really needed some help here, and now they have it.
"He is a tremendous addition to our program who will be able to make immediate contributions. L.G. was a very productive player at Duquesne and improved each season," Turgeon said. "He is a good shooter and rebounder and is extremely athletic. As one of two seniors on our roster, he will bring high character, strong leadership and experience to our team and will also be a perfect fit for our locker room. We really enjoyed getting to know L.G. and his great family during this process and look forward to having him join us on campus."