Men's Basketball

Gurley Invited to Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

He finished with 1,331 points in UMass career, 16th all-time and 1,530 overall.

He finished with 1,331 points in UMass career, 16th all-time and 1,530 overall.

April 6, 2011

PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- UMass senior all-conference guard Anthony Gurley has been invited to the 59th Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, an NBA Pre-Draft tournament in Virginia. Gurley will play with some of the best senior talent in the country as they prepare for the NBA Draft in June. Gurley led UMass in scoring, netting 18.7 points per game.

Gurley's team and game schedule are not yet currently available.

Gurley finished third in A-10 in scoring and 45th in NCAA with 18.7 points per game. The third-team All-A-10 guard also 4.4 rebounds per game. He scored his 1,000th career point in the season-opener vs. Rider (11/12) and became the 42nd player to score 1,000 points at UMass. He finished with 1,331 points in UMass career, 16th all-time and 1,530 overall including 199 at Wake Forest. Gurley led UMass in scoring in 23 of 30 games this year and scored in double-figures in the first 22 games of the year. On the career charts, he finished seventh in career 3FGs (155) and sixth in career 3FGAs (454) at UMass. He passed his coach Derek Kellogg (138) in 3FGs vs. Duquesne (2/16).

Gurley continues the longline of UMass players to play in the P.I.T. including Chris Lowe and Tony Gaffney, most recently in 2009.

The games in the P.I.T. get underway tonight. Here is a brief history of the event.

Each year for 58 years the P.I.T has invited 64 of the best college basketball players (seniors) from across the nation to participate in a four-day, twelve game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team. The tournament drew the attention of NBA Scouts and General Managers in the mid-70's when players like Dave Cowens, John Lucas, Walt Szczerbiak and Bobby Cremins came to Portsmouth to play. Soon the word spread and approximately 200 Scouts, General Managers and Representatives of all 30 NBA teams began to come to see players like John Stockton, Dennis Rodman, Tim Hardaway, Scottie Pippen and others. Today scouts from numerous international leagues have joined in on the annual April pilgrimage to Portsmouth. Over the years the P.I.T. has been a showcase for five of the 50 greatest players in NBA History (Rick Barry, Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, Dave Cowens, John Stockton, Scottie Pippen) and for many others who have gone on to NBA stardom.




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