DOB: July 10, 1988
Guard, 2007-, #11
6' 1", 180, Providence RI / Northfield Mount Hermon School
- Role player who served as backup point guard.
- Best game came in a big road win at Rhode Island (3/7/09) where he scored 12 points on perfect 4-4 three-point shooting.
- Had thought of transfering out of the program after his sophomore season (2008-09), but changed his mind several weeks later.
Junior year (2009-10) pre-season report from Head Coach Derek Kellogg: "Gary Correia has been very impressive heading into his junior year. I feel great about his toughness on the defensive end of the floor. His leadership abilities are outstanding. When he's making three point shots and pushing tempo he has a chance to be a very good player for us. I'm excited to coach him. I love his toughness and competitiveness and I think in our style of play and our system he has some definite high value for the program."
Sophomore year (2008-09) achievements:
Sophomore year (2008-09) pre-season report from Head Coach Derek Kellogg: "Gary Correia has been very impressive in workouts. I feel great about his toughness on the defensive end of the floor. His leadership abilities are outstanding. When he's making three point shots and pushing tempo he has a chance to be a very good player for us. I'm excited to coach him. I love his toughness and competitiveness and I think in our style of play and our system he has some definite high value for the program."
Freshman year (2007-08) achievements:
- Freshman combo guard who has played in all 36 games as a reserve.
- Averaging 1.2 points and 1.2 assists playing 11.1 minutes per game. Has made 13 3-pointers with one in four games in a row from Nov. 14-Dec. 1.
- All but one of his field goals is a 3-pointer, making 13-of-50 from downtown. Just 1-of-5 on two-pointers.
- Hit a clutch 3-pointer, one of UMass' six in a row in first half of A-10 Quarterfinal vs. Charlotte (3/13).
- Played 18 minutes against St. Bonaventure (2/24) with three points four assists and zero turnovers.
- Canned a 3-pointer vs. Saint Louis (2/17) after not scoring for six games in a row since Jan. 23.
- Hit a 3-pointer in 12 minutes at Saint Joseph's (1/23).
- Made two free throws with 35 seconds to give UMass a two-possession lead to seal win over Charlotte (1/19). Free throws were his first in 14 games.
- Played tremendous defense on Dayton's Brian Roberts, helping to hold the 20-point scorer to just two points in the first half and zero field goals in win at #14/18 Dayton (1/16).
- Made first 3-pointer in five games with 3:57 left in huge win over Houston (1/2). Basket gave UMass 83-80 lead as Minutemen would never trail again.
- Grabbed career-best four rebounds in 16 minutes vs. Central Connecticut (12/22).
- Hit a 3-pointer in 19 minutes at IUPUI (12/1).
- Saw 22 minutes for second game in a row vs. Wis.-Green Bay (11/17) with three points and two assists.
- Played 22 minutes for ailing Chris Lowe in win over Yale (11/14), made a 3-pointer and handed out three assists.
- Saw first significant college playing time with 27 minutes vs. Northern Illinois (11/10) when Lowe did not play due to injury. Had six assists and scored seven points making two 3-pointers.
- Made college debut vs. Cal Poly (11/9) and had an assist and steal in seven minutes.
Freshman year (2007-08) pre-season report from Head Coach Travis Ford: "I love Gary's approach to the game, his mental approach to the game. He is very tough mentally, physically he has got great skills. He is a tremendous shooter and Gary's another player that can play the point guard position or the two guard position. He is somebody that I think physically could help our team this year. Gary is a player that really fits our style of play. He can play either the point guard position or the two guard. He is a player who can really shoot it from the outside and with great range. That's something that this basketball team needed to add. Not only is he great on the court, he's great off the court. He's a very good student. He was a leader on a team that won 23 games this past season and he is going to be a true asset to our team."
BEFORE UMASS: Played with fellow recruit Matt Glass as Northfield Mount Hermon in Northfield, Mass. ... Played for coaches Bill Batty and John Carroll ... Teammed with Glass to help Northfield Mount Hermon to a school record 23 win season ... Two-time team captain ... Named Top Athlete in the School ... Runner-up for Gatorade Player of the Year ... Averaged 16.2 points, seven assists and four rebounds as he led NMH to a 23-5 season ... Year was highlighted by a win over No. 1 ranked Notre Dame Prep ... NMH defeated Notre Dame Prep to win the Boys' Club Of New York Tournament with Correia hitting the game-winning free throw with 0.6 seconds to play ... Set the school record for assists in a game with 17 ... Also shot 45.7 percent from 3-point range ... Named school's Athlete of the Year as a senior, junior and sophomore.
PERSONAL: Gary Alan Correia ... Born July 10, 1988 in Atlanta, Ga. ... Son of Gary Correia Sr. and Paulette Forbes ... Brother of Vincent Forbes and Brandon McCall ... Planning to major in Sports Management or Education.
Correia's UMass Career Highs
|Points||12 - at Rhode Island, 3/7/09|
|Field Goals||4 - at Rhode Island, 3/7/09|
|Field Goals Att.||5 - three times, last at Rhode Island, 3/7/09|
|3-Point FG||4 - at Rhode Island, 3/7/09|
|3-Point FG Att.||5 - vs Duquesne, 2/25/09|
|Free Throws||4 - at Southern Illinois, 11/12/08|
|Free Throw Att.||4 - at Southern Illinois, 11/12/08|
4 - vs Charlotte, 1/19/08
|Rebounds||4 - three times, last at Memphis, 11/18/08|
|Assists||6 - vs Northern IL, 11/10/07|
|Blocks||1 - at Charlotte, 1/21/09|
1 - vs Hofstra, 12/20/08
|Steals||2 - at WI-Green Bay, 11/29/08|
2 - vs Charlotte, 3/13/08
|Minutes||27 - vs Northern IL, 11/10/07|
A FEW MINUTES WITH GARY:
Favorite Musical Artist: Kanye West
Favorite Sports Movie: Above the Rim
Favorite TV Show: Lost and 24
Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Stephen A. Smith
Favorite Athletes: Chris Paul
Childhood Idol: My father
Hobbies: Playing video games, watching Lost
Team I'd Like To See Added To The Schedule: Providence College
Best Player I Ever Faced: O.J. Mayo
Best Player I Ever Played With: Ty Walsh
Magazine Cover I'd Like to Be On: Slam
My Biggest Fear: Judgment Day
Most Famous Person I Ever Met: Michael Jordan
Person I'd Like To Have Dinner With: Eva Mendez
My Most Prized Possession: My necklace from my grandmother
Place I'd Like to Visit: Brazil
Best Part About Living In Amherst: Hanging out with Ricky, Chris, Anthony
I Wear My Jersey Number Because: I was suppose to be born on the 11th
If I Didn't Play College Basketball I Would Play: The piano
Who Had the Greatest Impact on My Life: My father
Pre-game Rituals: Eat a bag of gummie life savers candy
Best Advice From a Coach: Shoot, shoot, shoot!
My Best Non-Athletic Talent: Sleeping
If I Had $1 Billion Dollars I Would: Be rich
The Person I Would Choose to be Stranded on a Deserted Island with: Eva Mendez
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