The Newton North (Mass.) 6-2 ½, 185-pound junior guard, who is arguably the top player in the state, did his part – scoring 25 points. However, it wasn't enough as perennial state power Charlestown knocked Gurley & Co. from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Gurley has gone from a role guy on last summer's BABC team to the focal point at Newton North, averaging 22 points per game. Look for him to be the primary option this spring and summer.
Over the past few months, he's watched his confidence rise.
``I feel like I can take over a game now," Gurley said. "I'm a much better slasher now."
Gurley was always considered a spot-up guy from long range, but he's become a versatile offensive player with a deceptive first step who can score in a variety of ways.
Gurley still needs to become a better defender – and also become a better ballhandler so he can spend some time at the point. However, his future in college is clearly scoring the basketball.
That's what has been attracting the likes of Wake Forest, UConn, Boston College and George Washington to make the trip to Newton North for games. Cincinnati and Northeastern have also seen him this season and Georgia, Providence and Iowa State have also expressed interest.
For now, the only visit that Gurley is certain to take is to Wake Forest in the spring.
``I plan on taking some visits in the spring time," Gurley said. "I really want to visit Wake and see the campus and see what the school's all about."