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Fan’s look: UMass alum Gurley works out with Celtics (again), but is he the right fit?
My fellow UMass alum Anthony Gurley was among a group of five players who worked out with the Boston Celtics this past Saturday. The potential draftees included no less than Doc Rivers' son Jeremiah, as well as Malcolm Lee, the PG out of UCLA who arguably has a better chance than most of wearing green and white when draft day comes. Gurley's name hasn't exactly been a common sight in mock drafts as a Celtics' pick, but the UMass guard is a local star who already has history with the team.
Minutemen fans will remember that Gurley actually declared for the draft last year at the end of the 2009-10 season. Though Gurley ultimately decided to return to UMass to finish his senior year, he managed to work out with the Cs, apparently getting tips on how to improve his game. It isn't clear just how serious Gurley was about entering the draft or whether he planned on coming back to the Minutemen all along. Gurley said at the time that he "got good feedback" at the 2010 workout and that he was "excited about our season coming up at UMass."
I remember doubting whether or not Gurley was really ready to start his pro career back then, and it remains to be seen whether or not he'll be picked up by the NBA a year later. Nevertheless, UMass students and alumni like me have no doubt that that Gurley was the undisputed star of the Minutemen for the last two years.
Gurley transferred from Wake Forest, playing with the Minutemen as a redshirt sophomore in the 2008-09 season. Fans saw hints of the kind of scorer Gurley would become as he went on to rack up 337 points in that first season with the team. By the time Gurley was a senior, he was the number one weapon in coach Derek Kellogg's arsenal, producing throughout the season. In the 2010-11 season, Gurley averaged 18.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, and was .418 from the field.
Despite Gurley's accomplishments and undeniable talent, this fan finds it hard to forget the way his UMass career ended. I saw the team's ugly collapse firsthand at the Mullins Center on campus as they suffered a 78-50 drubbing at the hands of Dayton in the first round of the A-10 tourney. Gurley finished the game with 10 points, going 4-for-15 from the field. That lack of consistency might hurt Gurley's chances when the draft unfolds later this month.
Taurus Londono is a proud UMass alumnus and Celtics fan who's lived in Massachusetts for over ten years.
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