KELLOGG ON CORREIA: "Gary Correia has been very impressive heading into his senior year. I feel great about his toughness on the defensive end of the floor. His leadership abilities are outstanding. When he's making three point shots and pushing tempo he has a chance to be a very good player for us. I'm excited to coach him. I love his toughness and competitiveness and I think in our style of play and our system he has some definite high value for the program."
AS A SENIOR IN 2010-11: Game-By-Game Statistics Started 25 games at point guard, played 27 overall, averaging 4.3 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game. Sixth in Atlantic 10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8-to-1) in all games. Played 124 career games at UMass, tying Chris Lowe (124) for ninth in career games played. On Senior Day, hit two 3-pointers along with six assists vs.Temple (3/2). Tied career-high with seven assists vs. Saint Joseph's (2/23), also hit a clutch 3-pointer in win. Tallied 11 points in return to home state at Rhode Island (2/19). Posted 6-2 record vs. homestate Rams in career. Career-high 15 points, making 3-of-5 3FGs in career-high 36 minutes. Also set bests in free throws made (6) and attempts (8) vs. George Washington (2/13). Six assists at Saint Joseph's (2/5), fifth game on season with at least five assists. Handed out five assists and steadied offense in key win over Rhode Island (1/30). Knocked down a pair of key 3-pointers in win at St. Bonaventure (1/26). Handed out career-high seven assists in career-high 34 minutes to lead UMass to win over La Salle (1/15). Returned to action with 27 minutes, making career-high five free throws in win over Dayton (1/9). Sat out vs. #24 UCF (12/22), Boston University (12/31) and at Central Connecticut (1/3). Equaled career-high with 12 points on 4-5 from the floor, perfect 3-3 from 3FGs and five assists vs. AIC (11/24). Battling an early ankle injury vs. TCU (11/22), returned to nail two 3-pointers in Tip-Off Classic win. Played 100th college game vs. New Mexico State (11/20) in Tip-Off Classic, had two points. Started first two games of the games averaging 3.5 points and 1.5 assists in 23.5 minutes. Started for sixth time in career, on opening night and had four points vs. Rider (11/12).
AS A JUNIOR IN 2009-10: Served a bigger role in his third season, starting five games this season. Came off bench in first 74 career games. Played in all 32 games during season averaged 2.2 points and 2.2 assists per game in 18.9 minutes. Had a team-best 2.65-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Great defense and steady ball-handling in A-10 First Round win at Charlotte (3/9). Also hit key 3-pointer in first half. Played 22 key minutes in regular-season finale win ver Rhode Island (3/6). Second-career start at Davidson (12/30) playing 30 minutes with two points and two assists. Played 77 career games, first 74 off the bench including 11 this season with 3.1 points, 2.8 assists per game. In 24 minutes at Boston College (12/23), handed out five assists with no turnovers. Played tremendous defense in 31 minutes vs. Memphis (12/19), also scored seven points and career-high five rebounds. First-career start vs. Grambling State (12/11) and scored in double-figures for the second time with 11 points. Also tied career-high with six assists in career-high 33 minutes. In 17 minutes at Holy Cross (12/5), made two 3-pointers for six points and handed out three assists with no turnovers. Top team assistman in both Legends Classic games with three helpers vs. Rutgers (11/27) and #2 Michigan State (11/28). Canned a 3-pointer and handed out four assists vs. Arkansas-Fort Smith (11/21) in Legends Classic. Played 66th game in a row off the bench in opener at UCF (11/13), made a 3-pointer.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2008-09 Played in 29 of 30 games this season and has seen action in 65 of 66 games, all off the bench. Averaged 2.2 points, 1.1 assists and 0.9 rebounds playing 11.0 minutes per game. Averaged 5.8 points per game in last four regular-season games after 1.7 PPG in first 24 games this year. In homecoming to Rhode Island (3/7), scor
ed career-high 12 points, making all four 3-pointers in win. Scored career-high nine points on career-best three 3-pointers vs. Duquesne (2/25). Did not play in a game for the first time at Saint Joseph's (2/22). In season-high 25 minutes at Fordham (2/11) hit a 3-pointer and handed out three assists. Nailed a clutch 3-pointer to break a 50-50 tie in win over Temple (1/17). Great defense including drawing a 5-second call in win over IUPUI (12/27). Tied career-high with seven points making two 3-pointers vs. Hofstra (12/20), came into game 1-of-11 on 3FGs. Made a clutch 3-pointer at Toledo (12/3) in nine minutes of action. Scored six points, as he attempted a career-high five field goals at Green Bay (11/29). Also had two steals. Solid play with four assists and key late basket vs. Jacksonville State (11/24). Season-high 17 minutes at #13 Memphis (11/17), scored four points and tied career-high with four rebounds. Scored six points at Southern Illinois (11/12), his most since a career-high seven against Northern Illinois (11/10/07) nearly a year to the day. Made a career-best 4-of-4 free throws.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2007-08: Played in all 36 games as a reserve ... Averaged1.2 points and 1.2 assists playing 11.1 minutes per game ... Made 13 3-pointers with one in four games in a row from Nov. 14-Dec. 1 ... All but one of his field goals is a 3-pointer, making 13-of-50 from downtown ... Just 1-of-5 on two-pointers ... Hit a clutch 3-pointer, one of UMass' six in a row in first half of A-10 Quarterfinal vs. Charlotte (3/13) ... Played 18 minutes against St. Bonaventure (2/24) with three points four assists and zero turnovers ... 3-pointer vs. Saint Louis (2/17) after not scoring for six games in a row since Jan. 23 ... Hit a 3-pointer in 12 minutes at Saint Joseph's (1/23) ... Made two free throws with 35 seconds to give UMass a two-possession lead to seal win over Charlotte (1/19)... Free throws were his first in 14 games ... Played tremendous defense on Dayton's Brian Roberts, helping to hold the 20-point scorer to just two points in first half and zero field goals in win at #14/18 Dayton (1/16) ... Made first 3-pointer in five games with 3:57 left in huge win over Houston (1/2) ... Basket gave UMass 83-80 lead as Minutemen would never trail again ... Career-best four rebounds in 16 minutes vs. Central Connecticut (12/22)...Hit a 3-pointer in 19 minutes at IUPUI (12/1) ... Saw 22 minutes for second game in a row vs. Wis.-Green Bay (11/17) with three points and two assists ... Played 22 minutes for aiding Chris Lowe in win over Yale (11/14), made a 3-pointer and handed out three assists ... Saw first significant college playing time with 27 minutes vs. Northern Illinois when Lowe did not play due to injury ... Had six assists and scored seven points making two 3-pointers ... Made college debut vs. Cal Poly (11/9) and had an assist and steal in seven minutes.
BEFORE UMASS: Played with fellow recruit Matt Glass as Northfield Mount Hermon in Northfield, Mass. ... Played for coaches Bill Batty and John Carroll ... Teammed with Glass to help Northfield Mount Hermon to a school record 23 win season ... Two-time team captain ... Named Top Athlete in the School ... Runner-up for Gatorade Player of the Year ... Averaged 16.2 points, seven assists and four rebounds as he led NMH to a 23-5 season ... Year was highlighted by a win over No. 1 ranked Notre Dame Prep ... NMH defeated Notre Dame Prep to win the Boys' Club Of New York Tournament with Correia hitting the game-winning free throw with 0.6 seconds to play ... Set the school record for assists in a game with 17 ... Also shot 45.7 percent from 3-point range ... Named school's Athlete of the Year as a senior, junior and sophomore.
PERSONAL: Gary Alan Correia ... Born July 10, 1988 in Atlanta, Ga. ... Son of Gary Correia Sr. and Paulette Forbes ... Brother of Vincent Forbes, Brandon McCall and Tevron Correia ... Planning to major in Sports Management or Education.
CORREIA'S CAREER STATISTICS
SINGLE-GAME HIGHS: Points: 12, American Internation -- 11/24/10 ; at Rhode Island -- 3/7/09 Rebounds: 6, at Duquesne -- 2/11/10 Assists: 6, Grambling -- 12/11/09 Steals: 3, vs Boston College -- 12/04/10 Blocks: 1, 6 times FG made: 4, American Internation -- 11/24/10 ; Grambling -- 12/11/09 ; at Rhode Island -- 3/7/09 FG attempts: 10, Grambling -- 12/11/09 3FG made: 4, at Rhode Island -- 3/7/09 3FG attempts: 7, Fordham -- 01/06/10 ; Grambling -- 12/11/09 FT made: 4, at Southern Illinois -- 11-12-08 ; Rider -- 11/12/10 FT attempts: 4, at Southern Illinois -- 11-12-08 ; Rider -- 11/12/10 ; vs New Mexico State -- 11/20/10
A FEW MINUTES WITH GC:
Full name: Gary Alan Correia II Best Concert I Ever Attended: Kanye West Favorite Sports Movie: Above the Rim Best Sporting Event Ever Attended: Playing in the NIT Championship Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Stephen A. Smith Favorite Pro Sports Team: New York Yankees Favorite TV Show: Lost and 24 Favorite Athletes: Chris Paul Childhood Idol: My father Hobbies: Video games Team I'd Like to See Added to the Schedule: Providence Best Player I Ever Faced: O.J. Mayo Best Player I Ever Played With: Gary Forbes Toughest Place I Ever Played: Vanderbilt Magazine Cover I'd Like to Be On: Slam My Biggest Fear: Death Most Famous Person Ever Met: Michael Jordan Person I'd Like to Have Dinner With: Eva Mendez My Most Prized Possession: My necklace Place I'd Like to Visit: Brazil Best Part About Living in Amherst: My teammates My First Memory of Basketball: Dribbling a ball I Wear My Jersey Number Because: I was supposed to be born on the 11th My Most Memorable Moment in College Athletics: Beating Syracuse, twice If I Didn't Play College Basketball I Would Play: The piano Pre-Game Rituals: Gummy Life Savers Best Advice From a Coach: "Shoot it" If I Had $1 Billion Dollars I Would: Buy whatever my father needs