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Transfer Anthony Gill Ready to Provide a Boost For UVa Basketball

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The UVa basketball team will tip off the season Friday at home against James Madison.

Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett will probably use a nine or 10 man rotation this season.

Transfer Anthony Gill will likely start Friday, in what will be a much anticipated debut.

He's been practicing with the Cavaliers for over a year now.

Anthony Gill had to sit out last season due to transfer rules.

"That was probably one of the hardest things," says Gill.  "Sometimes they were losing out there and I wanted to help as much as I could."

Gill, a 6-foot-8 forward, had a very solid freshman year at South Carolina.

He played in all 31 games for the Gamecocks, averaging eight points and five rebounds, but decided to transfer to Virginia, joining friend Akil Mitchell, whom Gill was teammates with in high school.

Gill says, "He was a big part of the reason why I came here.  Just knowing someone made it easier to transition into another school."

At South Carolina, Gill shot almost 40 percent from 3-point range, but he also has size and strength, and should provide points down low in the paint.

Bennett says, "He's one of the more aggressive and physical forwards that we have in terms of drawing fouls.  He has the ability to draw contact, to pick up fouls, and I think he'll get to the free throw line.  He's a good offensive rebounder, good moves, so he brings that ruggedness that is a threat when he has the ball.

The addition of Gill is one reason why the 'Hoos are ranked in the preseason Top 25 for the first time in 12 years.

"Everybody can put expectations on us but we're just going to get as good as we can," Gill.  "Coach Bennett has put that in our heads.  Everybody's hyping us up this year, but we're going to do what we need to do to win games."

Virginia will host JMU Friday at seven o'clock at John Paul Jones Arena.

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