2006: Meet Anthony Gurley

He's a relative unknown after playing with the younger BABC group last summer, but that won't last for long. Newton North (Mass.) may be known for its academics, but Anthony Gurley doesn't just get it done in the classroom.

Earlier in the season, at his home gym at Newton North High (Mass.), Anthony Gurley went to the line for three shots with no time left and his team trailing by three points.

Clank. Clank. Clank.

Gurley missed on all three and Brookline High walked away with a 69-66 victory.

However, the 6-2, 185-pound sophomore shooting guard displayed his resiliency with 32 points – including 10 in the final five minutes and 20 in the second half – in a 81-65 payback victory over Jeff Adrien's Brookline squad on Tuesday.

``Since the last time we played that's all I've been thinking about," said Gurley, who scored 28 in the December loss, but suffered a chipped bone in his right ankle during the setback that ended up putting him on the shelf for three games. "But I tried not to let it get to me."

Gurley was on a mission Tuesday. He knocked down what has long been his trademark, the long ball, a few times – but ended up doing most of his damage while taking the ball strong to the basket, something he lacked in his offensive arsenal prior to this season.

``He just took the game over," Newton North coach Paul Connolly said. "He's got a chance to be special. He just turned 16 earlier this month and is really focused."

Providence was at the game to see Adrien, but it's safe to say came away more impressed with Gurley, who has received early interest from the likes of Boston College, Ohio State, Stanford, Memphis, George Washington, UMass, Old Dominion and Holy Cross.

``I like to shoot the ball, but when I get a chance to take it into the teeth of the defense, I take it," Gurley said. "Coach (Connolly) told me I have to add something to my game and I think I've expended it from last year, but there's still one part – the defensive part – I need to focus on."

Right now Gurley is a smooth two-guard who can score in a variety of ways and finish with both hands around the bucket. However, he'll need to work on his ballhandling skills and playmaking abilities in the event he doesn't grow any more.

But regardless of whether he sprouts up in the next year or two, you'll be hearing much more of Gurley as he's established himself as arguably the best prospect in the state – regardless of class.


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