LAS VEGAS – You might be hard-pressed to find anyone in Las Vegas this week who worked as hard as Fred Gulley.
Gulley, the 6-2 junior-to-be guard from Fayetteville High with offers from Arkansas and Missouri, was been a force in a myriad of ways in this week's Reebok Summer Championships.
He did it offensively, handled the ball exceptionally against the press, went to the boards strong and also played great defense of his own in his team's run that ended Wednesday.
"I just go out there and try to play as hard as I can all the time and try to lead by example," Gulley said. "It's just a matter of giving it everything you have every time out."
Much like current Razorback Patrick Beverley, Gulley has a great knack for rebounding as evident by the fact he had three games with over 10 rebounds this week while his team went 3-2.
In addition to the offers from Arkansas and Missouri, Gulley is also getting interest from Virginia, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Texas A&M, where his sister LaToya plays for former Lady Razorback coach Gary Blair.
"Virginia is supposedly pretty close to offering," Gulley said. "I'm looking at all of them, just taking my time.
"No leaders yet," Gulley added. "It is still so early and I am so young that I don't want to get in a hurry."
Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey and his staff have left a good early impression on Gulley.
"I feel like they have only been here a short time, but it feels like I have known them a long time," Gulley said. "They are always at my games supporting me. They are refreshing and have a great staff."
He also has a good impression of Missouri, where former Razorback assistant and family friend Mike Anderson is now the head coach.
He was invited to the Elite Camp back in June.
"It was a good time and there was a lot of good competition up there," Gulley said. "I always like to go and play anywhere I can and get better. Missouri had a pretty nice campus."
Gulley has worked hard this summer to improve his outside shot.
"I have been shooting about 1,000 shots a day," Gulley said. "I'm trying to be able to get my jumper off the dribble and just improve my all around game."
He's also been working out with his cousin, former Arkansas Razorback and current NBA player Ronnie Brewer.
"I worked out with him before he went to the (NBA) summer league," Gulley said. "He is teaching me some different stuff than what I normally have been doing."
Fayetteville is getting a solid addition to its roster this season in former Rogers player Cable Hogue, a 6-8 post.
"Cable is going to be with us and Scooby (Shawn Graham) so we should be a lot more athletic," Gulley said. "This year we are going to push the tempo and press – something different than Fayetteville High normally does."
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