Thursday, January 22, 2009

Where Are They Now: Anthony Grundy

One of our goals at WolfpackHoops is to not only look towards the future, but to embrace a history of NC State Basketball that is rich and filled with tradition. One of the ways that we hope to accomplish this goal is through a section of this site that will be titled "Where are they now?" In this section we will give you a detailed breakdown of each player's career at NC State, and what their basketball career has been like professionally, along with continual updates of their current season production.

Our feature in this episode of "Where are they now?" is none other than Anthony Grundy. In our opinion, Anthony Grundy doesn't get the credit that he deserves. Grundy left a dent in the NC State Record Books more so than most players in the past two decades. If you are new to the Wolfpack Nation you might not be familiar with our dear friend Mr. Grundy. If you have been bleeding RED for a long time, then you can remember this phenomenal basketball player. When you remember Anthony Grundy you might remember his unorthodox form, his impossible to forget free-throw stance, or his acrobatic ability to finish around the hoop. What needs to be remembered is that it was through his play that the NC State Basketball program was brought back to respectability.

Anthony Grundy played at NC State from 1998 through 2002. Even though he averaged a respectable 8ppg as a Freshman, it was Grundy's Sophomore season that really launched his college career, and there was no slowing down this athlete once he got rolling. He led the Pack in scoring and steals his Sophomore, Junior, and Senior campaigns.

99-00: 12.5ppg
00-01: 14.6ppg
01-02: 17.8ppg

99-00: 2.1spg
00-01: 2.2spg
01-02: 2.1spg

He found his way onto the All-ACC Tournament Third Team as a Sophomore and donned the Tourney's First Team as a Senior. Grundy's leadership his Senior year helped end a streak that haunted Wolfpack Nation for over a decade by leading the pack to the treasured NCAA Tourney for the first time in 11 years. He didn't just get the Pack to the Tourney, he led them to the Second Round. In 2002 the Pack defeated Michigan State 69-58 in the First Round and lost a heartbreaker to UCONN 77-74.

Grundy also splashed ink all over the NC State Record Books. Here is where he stands amongst all of the great players in NC State Basketball History:

9th on the All-Time Scoring List
10th on the All-Time Assists List
2nd on the All-Time Steals List
12th in Career FG's Made
9th in Career 3PT FG's Made

He is also one of only 18 Pack players to score over 30+ points in a single game more than once in their career.

Since College, Grundy has gone on a World Tour in the Realm of Professional Basketball. Here is a breakdown of Grundy's Professional Career thus far:

2002-03: Grundy played in Germany for EWE Baskets Oldenburger and averaged 12.5ppg (25 games)
2003-04: Grundy played a brief stint in Germany with TSG Ehingen and averaged 28.1ppg (12 games). Later that year he played 16 games for the Raleigh Knights (WBA) and averaged 20.8ppg during that stint.
2004-05: Grundy crossed the ocean again, this time playing for Ockelbo BBK in Sweden. He only played 9 games (33.4ppg) in Sweden before heading off to the Promised Land of Israel. He played 19 games for Ramat Hasharon, and scored 17.7ppg. If you haven't noticed, this man couldn't seem to stay put. For the third time in one year Grundy moved and this time he landed in Venezuela. He played 12 games for Panteras de Miranda and scored 23.8ppg.
2005-06: Anthony jumped back across the Pond in aspirations of fulfilling his dream of playing in the NBA. He started in the NBA D-League with the Roanoke Dazzle. The Atlanta Hawks must have noticed the damage that he was doing in the D-League (44 games: 23ppg) because they called him up to the Big Leagues. While his stint in the NBA was brief (12 games: 4.3ppg), he did fulfill a lifelong dream.
2006-07: The World Traveler got itchy and jumped the Pond once more and played for Siviglia Wear Teramo in Italy where he averaged 18.2ppg (33 games).
2007-08: Our dear friend moved on to Greece where he played for (and still does) Panellinios Athens. In his first season with them he averaged 21.4 in the regular season (26 games) and 18ppg in the playoffs (2 games).
2008-09: Greece seems to be a good place to call home for Grundy because he signed a 2 year extension with Panellinios Athens in 2008. This year he is averaging 14 points per game.

Professional Awards:
All-WBA 1st Team - 04
All-WBA Defensive Player of the Year - 04
All-NBA D-League 1st Team - 06
2005-06 - Grundy became the 1st player in D-League History to score 1,000 points in a season.
Greek League All-Star Team - All-Greek League Honorable Mention -08

We are proud of Anthony Grundy. He has represented our University well and has shown tremendous perseverance and determination in his career. His numbers speak for themselves and we will continue to update you weekly as they pile up.


7 Responses to "Where Are They Now: Anthony Grundy"
  1. Greg said...
    January 23, 2009 at 9:01 AM

    dang i miss grundy and that unorthadox shot of his

  2. kupsky said...
    January 23, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Where is Luke Bluffon today? The last guy off the bench from California was a Reynolds fan favorite back in mid 90's

  3. Matt said...
    January 23, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Lou you were always grundy for little goal

  4. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    January 24, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Matt, remember when I actually guarded Grundy at the Cops vs Jocks game in high school and pulled his own shot against him?

    and Kupsky, we are seriously trying to find any type of information on Buffom but we can't track anything down.

    Anyone know anything?

  5. Timothy said...
    January 26, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    Hey thanks so much for the Grundy update. Just a quality player, teammate, and person overall. He was also a big reason why State was able to (finally) get back to the NCAA tournament in the 01-02 season. I knew he didn't quite have the physical talents needed to play in the NBA, but I knew he'd still play somewhere. The guy did/does it all - bringing the ball upcourt, shooting, driving, rebounding, and so on.

    Thanks again, and keep up the good work with the site!

  6. Taylor said...
    January 27, 2009 at 1:02 PM
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  7. Scott said...
    January 31, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    I sent you an Inbox on Pack Pride with some info on Luke Buffum. He's still in the Raleigh area.


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