Ford Gets More Good News

By Josh Herwitt - September 12, 2007

Just a day after learning that Tyrell Lynch will be joining the Minutemen for the upcoming season, UMass coach Travis Ford got more good news Wednesday when he announced that Wake Forest transfer Anthony Gurley will also attend the Amherst, Mass. school this year.

Gurley, who will sit out the 2007-08 season as a redshirt transfer, played his high school ball not far away outside of Boston at Newton North High before spending a year in Winston-Salem, N.C. with the late Skip Prosser. It was there that Gurley showed just how talented he is, becoming the school's all-time leading scorer after averaging 22 points his senior year and leading the Tigers to a perfect 27-0 record as the Bay State Conference's co-MVP.

"It is very exciting to have Anthony as a part of our basketball program," Ford said. "I know how important and special it is for Anthony to return to his home state and we are equally thrilled to have him as a part of our basketball family at UMass. Anthony has great desire to continue to get better and better. I have heard nothing but positives about him as a young man. This process happened very quickly and we are very excited to welcome him home."

Gurley, nevertheless, is sad to be leaving Wake Forest after one year and said he loved being a part of the program.

"I am dealing with a personal situation and it is in my best interests to leave the University at this time," he said. "I wish to thank my teammates and coaches for allowing me to be a part of something very special. This is clearly the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life."

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard was a dynamic three-point shooter for the Demon Deacons last season, averaging 6.4 points while playing in all 31 games. Gurley had his best game back on Feb. 21 against Georgia Tech when he scored a career-best 24 points and shot an astounding 80 percent from beyond the arc.

"Anthony is a proven player who was a top recruit in the nation two years ago," Ford added. "He played at the highest level in college and showed to be a prolific scorer who can shoot with deep range. He has tremendous size and strength for a guard which allows him to do so many things very well. With the 3-point line moving back, he will be an even more important weapon with his long-range."

Said Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio: "We wish Anthony nothing but the best as he deals with this difficult period in his life. I told Anthony that if we can ever do anything to help him, we will be there for him. We wish him the best in all of his future endeavors."

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 12:06 PM on September 12, 2007

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