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Gurley Declares For NBA Draft; Won't Hire Agent

Anthony Gurley tied his career-high with 24 points in the 2009-10 finale vs. Richmond.

Anthony Gurley tied his career-high with 24 points in the 2009-10 finale vs. Richmond.

April 29, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. - UMass guard Anthony Gurley has declared himself eligible for the 2010 NBA Draft. The redshirt-senior-to-be was second on the team in scoring last season with 13.6 points per game. He has not hired an agent, meaning he can return to school next season if he withdraws by the May 8 deadline. According to Fox Sports' Jeff Goodman, Gurley is one of 80 college players to have declared for the draft.

He is hopeful of getting some workouts from some NBA teams to see where he stands as far as a chance to play in the NBA.

Gurley played all 32 games in 2009-10, starting 13. He came off bench in last 14 games and was a team leader and an energizer.

He finished 16th in A-10 in ppg (13.6) and 11th in free throw percentage with 75.7. Gurley scored in double-figures in first nine games this year and 24 of last 33 games. He scored at least 13 in 21 of those games.

Gurley tied career-high with 24 points in A-10 Quarterfinal vs. Richmond (3/12). He is averaging 22.3 in four career games at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City including career-high 24 on two occasions.

Gurley began his college career at Wake Forest and played the 2006-07 season with the Demon Deacons. He transferred to UMass in 2007 and sat out the 07-08 season. As a redshirt-sophomore, he scored 11.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in starting 23 of 30 games after a year layoff. He sored in double-figures in 17 games that season including three games in a row (16.7 PPG) from Feb. 25-Mar. 4 and 14.8 points in final five games of the season.

He graduated from Newton North High School, located just outside of Boston, in 2006, where he played for Paul Connolly and was ranked as the nation's 79th top prep prospect by Rivals. He averaged 22 points per game as a senior as Newton North went a perfect 27-0.




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