Boston Native Gurley Transfers To UMass From Wake Forest
Sept. 12, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - Head coach Travis Ford has announced Boston native Anthony Gurley is returning to his home state of Massachusetts as a transfer men's basketball player from Wake Forest University. The 6-3, 185-pound guard played one season for the Demon Deacons and gives UMass a dynamic scorer who was a highly-recruited player coming out of Newton North High School. Gurley will be a walk-on at UMass after enrolling in the school. He will sit out the 2007-08 season as a redshirt transfer, but can practice with the team. He will have three years of eligibility beginning with the 2008-09 campaign.
"It is very exciting to have Anthony as a part of our basketball program," said Ford, who added former Auburn signee Tyrell Lynch to the roster on Monday. "I know how important and special it is for Anthony to return to his home state and was are equally thrilled to have him as a part of our basketball family at UMass. Anthony has great desire to continue to get better and better. I have heard nothing but positives about him as a young man. This process happened very quickly and we are very excited to welcome him home."
Gurley played in all 31 games for Wake Forest last season, starting once. A sensational 3-point shooter, Gurley averaged 6.4 points in 14.5 minutes per game with his playing time increasing as the season progressed. Gurley scored in double-figures 10 times off the bench, by far the most on the team. He set a Wake Forest record for 3-point field goal percentage in a game (80.0) as he scored a career best 24-point against Georgia Tech on Feb. 21.
"Anthony is a proven player who was a top recruit in the nation two years ago," added Ford. "He played at the highest level in college and showed to be a prolific scorer who can shoot with deep range. He has tremendous size and strength for a guard which allows him to do so many things very well. With the 3-point line moving back, he will an even more important weapon with his long-range."
Gurley was a celebrated high school star, ranking as the 68th-best overall prospect by Bob Gibbons and 79th by Rivals.com. He was ranked as the 22nd-best shooting guard as well. As a senior at Newton North, he averaged 22 points per game in leading his squad to a perfect 27-0 record under coach Paul Connolly. His numbers continued to rise in the postseason as he averaged 27 points per game in the playoffs. He had single-game highs of 33 points and 17 rebounds against New Bedford. Gurley was named the Bay State Conference co-MVP along with teammate and Boston University's Corey Lowe. It was the second time Gurley was named the league MVP. He was also named the 2005-06 Massachusetts School Sports Player of the Year.
Gurley graduated from Newton North as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,850 points. He averaged 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists per as a junior in leading the Tigers to a 26-1 record in 2005. As a junior and senior, his team combined for a 53-1 record. He was named all-conference four times and was a two-time member of the Boston Herald's Dream Team and a two-time member of the Boston Globe's Super Team. He played AAU ball for coach Leo Papile.
Anthony Isaiah Gurley is the son of Anthony and Andrea Gurley and was born on January 21, 1988 in Boston.
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