Gene Guarilia

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Gene Guarilia
Personal information
Born(1937-09-13)September 13, 1937
Old Forge, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedNovember 20, 2016(2016-11-20) (aged 79)
Duryea, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolDuryea (Duryea, Pennsylvania)
NBA draft1959: 2nd round, 14th overall pick
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career1959–1964
PositionSmall forward
Career history
19591963Boston Celtics
1963–1964Wilkes-Barre Barons
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points413 (3.2 ppg)
Rebounds294 (2.3 rpg)
Assists36 (0.3 apg)
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Eugene Michael Guarilia (September 13, 1937 – November 20, 2016) was an American basketball player who played four seasons for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

He attended Holy Rosary Grammar School and Duryea High School. Guarilia played freshman basketball for Potomac State College, a junior college in Keyser, West Virginia. He established a State Conference freshman record by scoring 595 points in 1953.

A 6'5" (1.96 m) forward Guarilia played for the George Washington University varsity basketball team beginning in the 1956–1957 season. He took the place of All-America Joe Holup, who went on to play for the Syracuse Nationals. In February 1957, Guarilia was averaging 17.1 points per game and was sixth in the NCAA in rebounding. In the twenty games he had played, Guarilia had snatched 353 rebounds. He was selected to the all Southern Conference basketball team in February 1958.

Guarilia was selected by the Boston Celtics in the second round of the 1959 NBA draft. Guarilia appeared in 129 games for the Celtics over four seasons (1959–1963), averaging 3.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. He earned four NBA championship rings in his brief career.

In December 1959 Boston placed Guarilia on its farm out list to trim their roster to the required 10 player limit. Though officially off the Celtics' roster, he remained in Boston to be available if other players were injured. Red Auerbach considered rotating Guarilia on the active list with one of the other Celtics rookies, like John Richter. The coach said that this move could be done in accordance with NBA rules.

Guarilia was particularly effective in Boston's 1961–62 NBA championship victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. In the final moments of regulation, in the decisive seventh game, he stopped Elgin Baylor. The Celtics went on to win the game in overtime.

A new NBA rule allowed Guarilia to become the 11th man on the Boston roster in the (1962–63) NBA Championship versus the Lakers. On September 25, 1963, the Celtics placed Guarilia on waivers to reduce their playing squad to 16 players.

Post NBA[edit]

Guarilia went on to teach health and physical education for many years at Duryea High School, which became Northeast High School, which in turn became Pittston Area Senior High School.[citation needed]

Pittston Area dedicated its court to Guarilia in January 2015, when it painted two shamrocks and Guarilia's No. 20 on the court.[1]

Guaralia died on November 20, 2016.[2]

Career statistics[edit]


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 †  Won an NBA championship


Regular season[edit]

1959–60 Boston 48 8.8 .377 .707 1.8 .4 3.0
1960–61 Boston 25 8.4 .404 .300 2.8 .2 3.2
1961–62 Boston 45 8.2 .379 .641 2.8 .2 3.6
1962–63 Boston 11 7.5 .289 .364 1.3 .2 2.4
Career 129 8.4 .376 .611 2.3 .3 3.2


1960 Boston 7 5.9 .222 1.000 2.7 .4 2.0
1962 Boston 5 5.2 .250 .400 .8 .2 1.2
Career 12 5.6 .231 .727 1.9 .3 1.7


  1. ^ Bufano, Matt. "Honor in store for Guarilia". Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  2. ^ Smiles, Jack (November 22, 2016). "Local basketball legend Guarilia dies". Archived from the original on 2016-11-26. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  3. ^ "Gene Guarilia Stats". Basketball Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  • "A-B's Carl Hartman Leading Scoring Race With 311 Points". Charleston Gazette. December 26, 1954. p. 21.
  • "Hewitt Captures State Conference Scoring Honors". Charleston Gazette. March 14, 1962. p. 19.
  • "Celtics Cut Rookie Guarilia". The Lowell Sun. December 16, 1959. p. 46.
  • "The Lookout". The Lowell Sun. April 12, 1963. p. 17.
  • "Celtics Farm Gene Guarilia". Portsmouth Herald. December 16, 1959. p. 12.
  • "Gene Guarilia Player Hoyas Have To Watch". The Washington Post. February 19, 1957. p. A21.
  • "Guarilia of GW Again Selected". The Washington Post. February 27, 1958. p. C3.
  • "Guarilia Cut By Celtics". The Washington Post. September 26, 1963. p. D7.

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