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Texas could target Duquesne graduate transfer F LG Gill

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There's already a small indication of preliminary interest from the Longhorns.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

With the end of the college basketball season, players are becoming available on the graduate transfer market. Duquesne Dukes forward LG Gill recently announced his own intentions to graduate and transfer this spring, making him one of the most appealing names out there for the Texas Longhorns at the moment.

It's too early to tell the extent to which there is interest from both sides, but it is worth knowing that assistant coach Mike Morrell has already followed Gill on Twitter.

The departures of Cameron Ridley, Prince 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 Dylan Osetkowski, who will visit Texas this weekend, 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. Gill isn't expected to have any restrictions placed on where he can transfer beyond school's on Duquesne's schedule next season, something that is unlikely to disqualify Texas.

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.

The 6'8, 220-pounder 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.

This is still in the extremely early stages, but the Longhorns look like a good fit for Gill and Gill looks like an excellent fit for the Longhorns, so it's a situation worth monitoring as Smart attempts to piece together his 2016-17 roster.