Gurley Fields Offer

Anthony Gurley didn't have all month of April to showcase his game and meet with college coaches. A good portion of his month was spent leading a prestigious tournament in Italy, against elite international competition, in scoring.

Anthony Gurley didn't know what to expect when he and his BABC teammates left for Italy a few weeks ago. What he didn't expect was to lead the prestigious tournament in scoring.

The Newton North (Mass.) 6-2 ½ shooting guard put up 30-plus points nearly every game, including 36 in a semifinal loss to Alba Berlin in the Victor Rho Tournament in Milan.

``The players know how to play the game," Gurley said of his international opposition. "It's completely different styles. When I went to the basket, I'd have to pull up because there's not much you can do against 7-footers."

Gurley's game is based more on getting to the basket these days, but it wasn't always the case. In fact, putting the ball on the floor and knocking down mid-range shots was his weakness not too long ago. Not it's his strength.

However, Gurley said his shot the 3-pointer in the tournament as well as he has in a long time.

Gurley was overseas for a good part of April, so he had some visitors upon his return to Newton North. N.C. State coach Herb Sendek was in town less than 48 hours after he touched down at Logan Airport and the following day had Memphis' John Calipari, UMass new coach Travis Ford and Georgia assistant Desmond Oliver in the school. Wake Forest, Boston College and Miami are also involved.

In fact, Gurley took an unofficial visit to BC last week and came away with a scholarship offer.

``I was really impressed with N.C. State and Wake Forest," Gurley said. "I came out of those two visits thinking I really like them. I'm going to go down there for unofficials with my father at the end of the month."

Gurley claimed a state title last season and he realizes that the level of high school basketball in the state isn't all that high, so he's considering spending his senior campaign at a prep school and Winchendon appears to be the favorite if he chooses to go that route.

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