Arkansas is likely to add an experienced point guard who has started 21 college games to its backcourt on Saturday night.
Fayetteville native Fred Gulley (6-2, 180), who started 14 of the last 15 games as a freshman and seven as a sophomore at Oklahoma State before getting injured, is slated to make his debut.
The Razorbacks (4-4) host Alcorn State (2-6) Saturday at 7 p.m. inside Bud Walton Arena.
"Hopefully with all the grades posted - if that takes place - he'll have an opportunity to play on Saturday," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. "Fred would give us another guy, a guard, depth-wise, I think it'll be good for our team. An experienced guy, that's played at this level before. Has a tremendous defensive mindset, touches a lot of balls. Think he can get people into the offenses that we want to do.
"I think he's an instinctive player," Anderson added. "I think it'll be a good plus for us... He's a guy that for about the last week and a half you can see his juices are going. He's speeding up a little bit. His appetite is a little whetter? I think he's excited about it."
He averaged 4.0 points, 2.5 assists and 1.5 assists for the Cowboys as a sophomore before a shoulder injury ended his season and he made the decision to transfer home.
A cousin of former Fayetteville High and Arkansas star and current NBA player Ronnie Brewer, Gulley averaged 16.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.8 assists as a senior while leading Fayetteville to a 30-0 season and Class 7A state title.
Gulley was taking a test on Thursday afternoon and unavailable for comment, but Anderson knows how important it is for him to put on the Razorback uniform for the first time.
"Of course he's from Fayetteville, so it gives him a chance to play at a place he probably dreamed of playing at as a kid," Anderson added. "Now that dream can become a reality."
Arkansas has not played since a 80-67 loss to No. 3 Michigan last Saturday in Ann Arbor.
"It'll be nice for our guys to get back on the hardwood," Anderson said. "Last time out we played a Michigan team that was very, very good. I thought we had some moments where we really put ourselves in position to have a chance to be in the ball game at the end. Michigan's a very good BB team. They executed down the stretch."
The Razorbacks have had to revamp their practice schedule because of finals.
"You can imagine with the schedule of our guys taking finals, studying and tutors and all that, we've had to kind of revamp our practice schedule," Anderson said. "Tomorrow's the last day for finals, and we're ready to play somebody. Shortened some of the practices because of our finals schedule. And anxious to get that bad taste out of our mouth from playing Michigan."
Anderson also said that he has not heard from football players Brandon Mitchell and MeKale McKay in regards to joining his team.
Mitchell played for the Razorbacks last season and McKay announced his intention to during the recruiting process, but it is not an automatic that either would be joining the team if they asked to do so.
"I have not talked to them," Anderson said. "There's more to it. I would have to visit with them. Obviously we have a lot of people out here right now but I am not opposed to visiting with those guys."
Fred Gulley drives past Dee Wagner in the Red-White game.
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