2006 Focus: Corey Lowe

Most people associate Newton North with Anthony Gurley, but Gurley isn't the only junior guard getting the attention of high-major schools. Corey Lowe is making quite a name for himself as well.

When Wake Forest came down to check out Anthony Gurley, Corey Lowe wasn't jealous even though the Demon Deacons are the school that Lowe would like to hear from the most.

``Anthony's my best friend and I am happy for him," said the 6-1 1/2, 175-pound Lowe.

Lowe and Gurley, both juniors, comprise the top backcourt in Massachusetts and arguably one of the elite guard tandems in the entire country. They led Newton North (Mass.) to its first-ever state title this past weekend with Gurley leading the team in scoring and Lowe putting up 19 points per game.

When teams go down to see Gurley, they rave about Lowe.

``I know he gets more publicity, but it really doesn't bother me," Lowe added. "I just keep trying to play as hard as I can and someday I'll get the exposure."

Part of it is that Lowe plays with the Middlesex Magic, which don't get the same amount of exposure as Gurley's BABC club that is run by Boston Celtics director of player personnel Leo Papile.

``He's unbelievable and is getting better," Middlesex Magic coach Mike Crotty said. "He makes sure everybody else is involved, but he'll knock down the 3 whenever you need it. His range is about four feet beyond the arc, but he never forces anything. He just takes what's available and makes everyone in the court better."

Just ask Gurley.

``He just amazes me," Gurley said of his backcourt mate. "His shooting ability is crazy. He's strong and he's like a silent killer on the court. He doesn't say much, but he's real physical and he gets the job done."

Especially in the clutch. Lowe struggled in the first half against rival Brookline earlier in the season, but came up and connected on seven free throws to ice the game. Lowe finished with 24 points, including 14 in the final 10 minutes, in a 74-65 victory over Springfield Commerce in the state title game.

``My personality is that I don't get too high or too low," Lowe said. "I try to be even-keel and it helps me in big situations."

Lowe, who also plays football and has a 3.3 GPA, said that his plan in to play basketball in college. So far schools such as DePaul, Stanford, N.C. State, Virginia, Boston University, Northeastern and Binghamton have expressed interest.

``I like the ones around here that have a good combination of academics and athletics," Lowe said.

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