A Nebraska basketball team that wasn’t deep at the guard position to begin with, took a blow to that depth Sunday when junior guard Anton Gill went down with a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee. That knee also kept him sidelined for much of the summer conditioning and fall practice schedule. He will miss the remainder of the season.
Gill transferred to Nebraska after playing his first two seasons at Louisville. The former top 50 ranked recruit sat out last season due to transfer redshirt rules, he was expected to step in and fill the void left by departing senior Shavon Shields and graduate transfer Andrew White, III. Gill had found that role a bit too lofty to start the season. He struggled for much of the year to score or get an any sort of rhythm offensively. The past four games, however, he had seen his minutes increase and was seemingly beginning to find that scoring punch that had been so elusive. In his last game vs. Southern, he matched his season high of 10 points, including hitting on two of three attempts from beyond the arc.
The loss of Gill means the Huskers will likely turn to more youth to fill in his absence. Freshman Jeriah Horne may be the beneficiary of the opportunity. Horne played his best game of his career and is probably the best 3-point threat on the currently on the roster. NU will also need to have struggling sophomore Jack McVeigh regain his shooting touch that he showed to begin the season.
The timing of the injury is extremely unfortunate as NU is set to hit the road to open Big Ten play. The Huskers will take on the Indiana Hoosiers Wednesday evening. Tip off is set for 5:30 on BTN.