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Texas visited Duquesne grad transfer LG Gill this week

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Contact between the two side is continuing apace.

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Efforts by the Texas Longhorns to get Duquesne Dukes graduate transfer forward LG Gill onto campus continued this week, as the staff visited Gill on Tuesday, according to a report from Roundball Rundown Report. CBS Sports reported earlier on Monday that East Carolina, Maryland, and Iowa State also planned on visiting with Gill this week.

An important visit to a school will happen next week, as Marquette is scheduled to host the athletic forward.

After Gill announced his decision to graduate from Duquesne and explore his options, Texas assistant coach Mike Morrell followed him on Twitter and the Longhorns made contact not long thereafter. There is plenty of competition for the 6'8, 220-pounder, however -- Alabama and Cincinnati also communicated with Gill following his decision, in addition to the school listed above.

The departures of Cameron RidleyPrince Ibeh, and Connor Lammert will leave Texas light on frontcourt depth next season, even with the addition of James Banks and the possible addition of local five-star forward Jarrett Allen.

Unlike Tulane transfer forward Dylan Osetkowski, Gill only has one year of eligibility remaining, but will also be able to use it this season to make an immediate impact at the school of his choice since he is a graduate transfer.

Since Gill is familiar with Morrell and Texas head coach Shaka Smart from their time at VCU -- and Morrell and Smart likewise familiar with Gill -- that intraconference tie could provide a little boost for the Longhorns if things advance between the two sides.

And the available playing time will certainly be appealing for Gill.

Gill could play either forward position if he comes to Texas, with his greatest value coming at the four because of need. A native of Virginia, Gill was the leading rebounder (6.5) and third-leading scorer (10.1) for Duquesne last season. He's steadily improved each year in college and achieved notable jumps in field-goal percentage, three-point shooting percentage, and free-throw percentage from his sophomore to junior seasons, so there's even some possible upside left if he can continue that trajectory.

Gill was a late bloomer in high school who didn't receive much interest -- not even from VCU, it seems -- but reportedly has a 40-inch vertical and clearly has the strength to play bigger than his size if asked to defend post players.