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Anthony Gurley's chances to impress professional scouts got a significant boost Wednesday when the University of Massachusetts guard got an invitation to the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational Tournament. Gurley, a third-team, all-Atlantic 10 selection who averaged 18.7 points as a senior and scored 1,520 points in his college career, was a late addition to the event, which began play Wednesday night. Portsmouth annually serves as a showcase for seniors who want to play professionally. Scouts from the NBA and overseas professional leagues attend the event.

Gurley will play his first game on Thursday night at 7 p.m., as a member of the Portsmouth Sports Club. His teammates include Vernon Macklin of Florida, WIll Coleman of Memphis, Corey Fisher of Villanova as well as fellow A-10 player Bill Clark of Duquesne and local foe John Holland from Boston Univ.

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UMass basketball guard Anthony Gurley invited to NBA rookie showcase

Published: Wednesday, April 06, 2011, 6:12 PM     Updated: Wednesday, April 06, 2011, 6:17 PM
Anthony GurleyMassachusetts' Anthony Gurley, left, hopes to show he can be a pro combo guard, not just a scorer.

AMHERST - Anthony Gurley saw this day coming at least a year ago, when he declared for the NBA Draft but knew his pro days were down the road.

"It helped me a lot. It gave me an idea of what I had to work on,'' theUniversity of Massachusetts senior said Wednesday after hearing he was a late addition to the Portsmouth Invitational in Portsmouth, Va.

The tournament serves as a rookie camp for prospective NBA candidates.

Last year, Gurley declared for the draft as a junior. The tactic allowed him to try out for pro teams with the option of re-entering the college game, as long as he did not hire an agent.

The Boston Celtics gave a workout to Gurley, a 6-foot-3 guard who played high school ball at Newton North. Then he pulled out of the draft pool and returned to UMass.

Gurley is known primarily for scoring. The Minutemen's only true scoring threat as a senior, he averaged 18.7 points per game, third in the Atlantic 10 and 45th in the nation.

A third team Atlantic 10 all-star, he now wants to show he can do more than score. The Portsmouth camp is a showcase for seniors who don't expect to be drafted but can get a good look from scouts.

He says he has spent the last month staying in shape.

"Obviously, I can score. I want to show I can run a team, be a facilitator and get other guys involved,'' Gurley said. 

"I didn't get much chance to do that in college. Now that I'm on the pro stage, I want to showcase that I can be a good combo guard. 

"I think I could be a matchup problem.''

If Gurley shows he can match up against point guards at least sometimes, his height becomes an asset, not a question.

He will play in three games on Thursday. The camp runs through Saturday, after which the better prospects are invited to a similar showcase in Orland, Fla.

Gurley expects to get free agent tryout offers from several NBA teams.


UMass senior Anthony Gurley invited to Portsmouth Tourney

Anthony Gurley's chances to impress professional scouts got a significant boost Wednesday when the University of Massachusetts guard got an invitation to the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational Tournament.

Gurley, a third-team, all-Atlantic 10 selection who averaged 18.7 points as a senior and scored 1,520 points in his college career, was a late addition to the event, which began play Wednesday night.

Portsmouth annually serves as a showcase for seniors who want to play professionally. Scouts from the NBA and overseas professional leagues attend the event.

Players who stand out often earn invitations to the NBA's May draft camp in Orlando, Fla. Former Minutemen Gary Forbes, Stephane Lasme and Tony Gaffney each had standout showings in Portsmouth. It helped Lasme get drafted, and Forbes and Gaffney each earn a spot in an NBA team's preseason camp.

Gurley will play alongside several former Atlantic 10 rivals, including Richmond's Kevin Anderson, Rhode Island's Delroy James, and Duquesne's Bill Clark and Damian Saunders. Games began Wednesday and run through Saturday.

ATLANTIC 10, ESPN AGREE TO EXTENSION - Atlantic 10 men's basketball teams will be on an ESPN network at least 31 times in each of the next two seasons. The A-10 women's tournament championship game will also air on the network.

The agreement was announced Wednesday.

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