Benedictine grad Gill transfers to Maryland

The following comes directly from the University of Maryland:

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –  L.G. Gill will join the University of Maryland men’s basketball team for the 2016-17 season head coach Mark Turgeon announced Monday. Gill will have one year of eligibility with the Terrapins and is expected to play immediately. He is scheduled to graduate from Duquesne with a degree in criminal justice and minor in communication studies this spring.

“We’re excited to welcome L.G. to the Maryland basketball family,” Turgeon said. “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. 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.”

Gill (6-8, 230) played in 94 career games for the Dukes with 42 starts. He finished his career with 663 points and 111 three pointers, while averaging 10.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 30 minutes per game this past season. Gill, who connected on 43.9 percent of his field goal attempts, finished in double digit scoring 27 times at Duquesne, including 14 double-digit performances in 2015-16. He improved his scoring average (+3.2), rebounding average (+2.4), field goal percentage (+.014) and 3-point percentage (+.014) from his sophomore to junior seasons.

“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. “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 becomes the fourth graduate transfer to join Maryland under Turgeon, which includes Logan Aronhalt (2012-13), Richaud Pack (2014-15) and Rasheed Sulaimon (2015-16).

In addition, Turgeon has had a strong track record of adding transfers to his program during his five years in College Park, including Dez Wells, Evan Smotrycz, Robert Carter, Jr., Varun Ram and Jaylen Brantley.

Gill, a native of Chesterfield, Va., is a product of Benedictine College Preparatory in Richmond, Va. He played under head coach Robert Churchwell and averaged 14.1 points and 8.3 rebounds in leading Benedictine (31-4) to the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division I state championship. Gill is the son of Charles Sr. and Wanda Gill, and was given the nickname “L.G.,” short for “Little Gill,” shortly after he was born.

Gill will join center Damonte Dodd as one of two seniors on next year’s roster. The Terps won 27 games last season while advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003.

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