Sendek Visits New England Standout

Newtonville (Mass.) North star Anthony Gurley has been tremendous this spring for BABC, and his recruitment is starting to gain steam.

"Recruiting has been hectic," Anthony Gurley told Pack Pride. "I've had meetings with the coaches, and I've been trying to learn more about them and the schools."

"The coaches all say a lot of the same things. They will have openings on the team when I could come in so there's playing time," he added.

Program such as Wake Forest, NC State, Memphis, Georgia, UMASS, and Boston College have visited Gurley during the evaluation period, and he said NC State, Wake Forest, and Memphis have made impressions.

Would he prefer to play in a certain conference?

"Right now it seems like a lot of ACC schools are after me," Gurley said. "But I really don't have a preference. I think it's the best conference in college basketball. The teams in the ACC, their style of play fits how I play."

Gurley has exploded on the AAU circuit this spring for the Boston-based BABC squad. He's the leading scorer and has averaged over 20 points per game in every tournament he's played in. The 6'3, 185-pound combo guard recently played in Italy against foreign competition.

"That experience was great," Gurley said. "I got to play against a lot of international players and see how I stack up against them. I averaged like 30 points a game and was the leading scorer in the tournament so I think I played good."

As a junior, Gurley led Newtonville (Mass.) North to its first-ever state title. Arguably the state's top player, he's known as an explosive scorer who has a good mid-range game and deadly three-point stroke.

NC State's Herb Sendek visited the combo guard early last week and left an impression.

"Coach Sendek was the first one to come visit me, and it meant something," Gurley said. "He seemed interested in me.

"I've seen NC State play a few times, and I think they are a team on the rise."

Don't expect an early verbal from Gurley, who will wait and make a decision later in the summer.

"I'm just trying to weight out my options and play through the summer," he said. "I want to evaluate everything and make sure I give everybody a chance."

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