Men's Hoops' Gallup Plays Well in Pre-Draft Tourney


Men's Hoops' Gallup Plays Well in Pre-Draft Tourney

CONWAY, SC -- Coastal Carolina's E.J. Gallup (Gloversville, NY-Bridgton (ME) Academy) played a key role in leading the Sizzling Minerals team to the tournament title at the Heartland Invitational Tournament Tulsa, held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 6-8. The tournament is part of the pre-draft series that allows NBA and international professional coaches the opportunity to evaluate players for the professional ranks.

Gallup averaged 12.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 26.3 minutes per game in three contests. He knocked down 42.9 percent of his shots from the field and the three-point arc and was a solid 80 percent from the free throw line. He was consistent throught the tournament, including scoring 12 points on 4-of-7 from the field and adding three rebounds, three assists and a steal in the tournament title game over National Wallcovering.

"E.J. played quite well and he was allowed to do what he does best…shoot," Robert Wilson, the tournament coordinator, said. "His team really played well, and he hit several big shots with the clock winding down to stave off comeback attempts in the semis and the finals. It was a wide-open affair, and E.J. really thrived in that environment. He is a better athlete than people give him credit for, and I am confident that he will go on and play somewhere at the next level."

A First Team All-Big South selection and two-time Big South Conference/Choice Hotels Men's Basketball Player of the Week this year, Gallup has started 28 games and averaged 17.2 points during the regular season, leading CCU and finishing second in the Big South. The senior guard led the Big South and ranked 26th in three-pointers per game at 3.0 and also was ranked 17th nationally at 43.4 percent from behind the three-point arc. He scored in double digits in 26 of CCU's 28 games this year, leading the Chanticleers in scoring in 16 of them. Gallup posted his first CCU double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds at Liberty, Feb. 7. Gallup also had career-highs in points twice this season, including 33 points with a school-record seven three-pointers against Radford, Feb. 16