That's part of the reason why the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Newton North (Mass.) shooting guard committed to the Demon Deacons less than 24 hours after returning from an official visit this past weekend.
``I loved it," said Gurley, who averaged 22.5 points per game this past season while leading Newton North to its first-ever state title. "I just loved everything about it – the players, the campus, the people. It really blew me away what type of person Coach Prosser is."
Gurley was hosted by Gray on his visit – and also got a chance to play pick-up with the current players, incoming freshman and even projected lottery pick Chris Paul.
``It's the type of place I can see myself being for four years," he added.
Gurley is a guy who hasn't developed a big-time reputation, partially because he hasn't been playing on the AAU circuit much in April. He took a trip to Italy with his BABC team and wasn't seen at all by college coaches throughout the entire month.
Gurley can score in a variety of ways. Two years ago, he was more of a spot-up guy from long range - but in the last year or so, he's added the ability to put the ball on the floor and beat defenders to the basket.
``I definitely see the comparisons to Justin Gray," Gurley said. "Especially the more I see him play. I'm just trying to make my game like his. We both like to shoot the three and we both have a similar pull-up."
Now Gurley will get an opportunity to prove he's one of the elite shooting guards in the class at the Nike All-American Camp in July – as well as the Peach Jam.
``Anthony can flat-out score," Newton North coach Paul Connolly said. "He's already the all-time leading scorer in school history with more than 1,300 points. He can extend the defense and has 23 to 25-foot range and he's able to elevate and get his hands free to shoot the three. He's also got arguably the best mid-range game of anyone I've seen in the country."
When it came down to it, Gurley chose Wake Forest over Boston College. Villanova, Georgia, Miami, N.C. State, Providence and UMass were also in the mix, but Gurley saw no reason to wait once Prosser put an offer on the table on Saturday.
``I wanted to leave Boston," Gurley said. "I love my family, but I wanted to get away and experience life in another part of the country."
``Wake did a terrific job evaluating him as a player and as a student and a kid," Connelly added. "I think it's a perfect fit. In the end, I think he felt getting out of Boston was something that was enticing to him. Wake has turned out a lot of big-time players, it's in the ACC and basketball is a way of life down there."
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