Republican: Gurley Gets Tips During Workout With Celtics
May 14, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - For Anthony Gurley, it was mission accomplished.
The University of Massachusetts men's basketball guard entered his name into the NBA Draft, looking for feedback on how to improve his game.
He got some with a workout held by the Boston Celtics, who took a look at several college players Friday.
Then, as Gurley had planned, he pulled his name out by the May 8 deadline, able to do so because he had not hired an agent.
"Danny Ainge was there, and all the scouts. They gave me some ideas on how to improve my game,'' said Gurley, a 6-foot-3 native of Boston and graduate of Newton North High School.
"Things went really well. I got good feedback.
"I'm glad I did it. Now I'm excited about our season coming up at UMass.''
Gurley will be a senior in the fall. He did not elaborate on what tips he was given.
His 13.6 point scoring average for UMass last season ranked 16th in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Gurley's decision to put his name in the draft was unorthodox.
Not considered a draft prospect, he exercised his option to enter his name and encourage contact with NBA teams, then pull out.
Many players do that if they want to gauge the level of draft interest. Gurley did so mainly to see how he could improve his game by next year, his last before seeking a pro career.
"Any junior can do it,'' UMass coach Derek Kellogg said.
"There is no downside. Actually, it's not a bad idea.''
In Boston, Gurley saw Tony Gaffney, a former UMass teammate who will play for the Celtics summer team.
As a signed pro, Gaffney did not join in the workout.