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Report: Louisville transfer, former four-star recruit Anton Gill joining Huskers


Report: Louisville transfer, former four-star recruit Anton Gill joining Huskers

This offseason has featured a mass exodus out of Lincoln, but Tim Miles appears to have brought in at least one notable replacement.

According to a Tuesday report from ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Louisville transfer Anton Gill will be coming to Nebraska.

Gill was a four-star recruit out of high school, a member of the Class of 2013, and saw limited action in his two seasons playing for Rick Pitino at Louisville. He averaged 2.5 points in 9.4 minutes per game last season, only a slight uptick from his 1.3 points in 5.7 minutes per game the season before.

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Despite his sparing play, he did contribute on a big stage this spring, scoring seven points in Louisville's Sweet Sixteen win over North Carolina State. He twice scored in double figures: a season-high 15 points against Florida International and 14 points against Florida State.

"I want to thank all of my coaches and teammates for two great years," Gill said in a statement published by The Courier-Journal back in March. "I really appreciate all of the support I received from everyone. I've talked to my family and will take my time to look at my next step after I finish out this semester. I'm just looking for a fresh start to try something new."

That report also mentioned Gill's high school background at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. He averaged more than 28 points per game as a senior and twice scored 50 points in a game.

Gill will surely have to sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules, but his presence in Lincoln should help the Huskers down the road, especially after all the players they've lost this offseason. Gill could follow a similar path to Terran Petteway, the two-time All-Big Ten selection who also transferred in to Miles' program. Petteway spent a season at Texas Tech before breaking out as one of the Big Ten's best players in the past two seasons.

Northwestern Wildcats pause football workouts after positive COVID-19 test

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Northwestern Wildcats pause football workouts after positive COVID-19 test

The Northwestern Wildcats have stopped football workouts due to a player testing positive for COVID-19. A university spokesperson says, the school is now undergoing “rigorous contact tracing and quarantine protocols to protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff.”

Some student-athletes have already been placed in quarantine, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The earliest any football activities can resume for the Wildcats is Wednesday, according to the university spokesperson.

Michigan State required their entire football team to go into quarantine in late July after several positive tests among players and staff.

In addition, the Big Ten announced they will play a conference-only schedule in 2020, if they’re able to play at all.

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Lou Henson, former Illinois Fighting Illini basketball coach, dies at 88

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Lou Henson, former Illinois Fighting Illini basketball coach, dies at 88

Hall of Fame former Fighting Illini head basketball coach Lou Henson died last Saturday. He was 88 years old.

Henson was the all-time wins leader at the University of Illinois, guiding the team to a 423-224 record from 1975-1996. That included a 214-164 record in Big Ten Conference play, and one Big Ten conference title in 1984.

He also led the Illini to 12 NCAA tournament appearances, the highlight being a Final Four berth with the 1988-89 “Flying Illini.”

"Our Orange and Blue hearts are heavy," said Josh Whitman, Illinois Director of Athletics, in a statement. "We have lost an Illini icon. We have lost a role model, a friend, and a leader. We have lost our coach.

“Coach Henson may be gone, but the memories he provided us, and the legacy he created, will last forever. He was responsible for almost 800 wins in the record book and countless Fighting Illini moments frozen in time, but Coach Henson's true measure will be felt in the lives he touched – the lives of his former players, people on this campus, and friends in our broader community.

“We are all better for whatever time we were privileged to spend with Coach Lou, whether it was five minutes or 50 years. He made everyone feel like a friend. I so enjoyed my time with Coach these last five years, and I will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary, Lisa, Lori, Leigh Anne, and the entire Henson family. Their family will always be part of ours."

In addition to his iconic career at the University of Illinois, Henson coached at New Mexico State where he compiled another 289 victories, from 1966-1975 and 1997-2005. Henson is the wins leader at New Mexico State, as well.

His 779 career wins rank 28th all-time in NCAA history. He was inducted into the National Collegiate Hall of Fame in 2015. The same year, the newly renovated court at Illinois was renamed “Lou Henson Court.” The basketball court at New Mexico State is named “Lou Henson Court,” as well.

“He really was ahead of the game, in terms of bringing fan interaction and fan connection to a program,” said Stephen Bardo, one of Henson’s former players in a video on Twitter. “For me, Lou Henson’s voice got louder the longer after I left school. The more of an adult I became, the older my kids became, I would hear coach Henson’s voice more. I would impart the lessons I learned from him onto my children.

“He had an enormous impact on my life.”

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