|Position||Point guard/Shooting guard|
|Birthdate||Apr 19, 1986|
Gabriel Michael Pruitt (born April 19, 1986 in Los Angeles, California), commonly referred to as Gabe Pruitt, is a point guard/shooting guard with the Boston Celtics.
- Pruitt proved to be valuable during the preseason games, showing off strength in defense. According to Doc Rivers, "The biggest improvement he's made has been defensively... He stays in front of players but he needs to play a little stronger."
In High school, he averaged 22 points per game as a senior at Westchester High School in Westchester, Los Angeles, California in 2004. He was a Parade Magazine fourth team All-America selection, and earned Roundball All-America, Student Sports All-America special mention, Los Angeles Times All-City and South Bay/Westside first team and South Bay Daily Breeze Player of the Year honors. He was listed as the No. 20 prep player in the country by Basketball Times after his senior year, and was considered among the top 20 prep guards by Athlon Sports and Insiders.com in his senior year in 2004.
He earned team MVP honors along with fellow freshman Nick Young. He led the Trojans in points (356), scoring average (12.3), three point average (.450), assists (92), and steals (56) earning him selection to the All-Pac-10 freshman team. His three-point field-goal percentage set a school record and he hit at a .547 clip (41-of-75) in the latter half of the season. He was among the all-time Trojan top-10 freshmen in points (fifth) average (T-fourth), field goals (seventh), field-goals attempted (eighth), field-goal percentage (the ninth-best ever by a freshman guard), three-pointers (1st), three-pointers attempted (second), three-pointer percentage (first), free-throw percentage (ninth), assists (fifth) and steals (second). with 131 three-pointers, Pruitt holds the record for most three pointers by a Trojan (in his first two seasons), ranking 10th all-time at USC. following teammate and fellow junior Nick Young in declaring for the draft, whereas freshman teammate Taj Gibson declined to make himself eligible, and was eventually selected by the Boston Celtics in the 2nd round with the 32nd overall selection.
Pruitt did not see much playing time in his first NBA season. Being the 4th string point guard behind Rajon Rondo, Eddie House and Sam Cassell, he spent most of the season playing with the Celtics' D-League affiliate, the Utah Flash.
- Because of his toothy smile that rarely leaves his face, he was named "Smilin' Gabe".
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