Hobbled Gulley

Fayetteville junior guard Fred Gulley (6-2, 180) is likely to miss the rest of December with an injury that has grounded the early part of his junior season.

It is not often that going to the doctor and being told you have a pulled groin is actually good news.

But since Fayetteville junior basketball star Fred Gulley (6-2, 180) was worried about having a sports hernia and thus missing a lot of time, he'll do just fine with diagnosis of a groin pull.

"They said it was from playing year round every year and not having a good break," Gulley said. "I remember going up for a dunk (in practice) and I overextended it and felt the pain right away. I stepped up and played through it, but remember going up that night and it was just the worst thing ever."

Gulley, being recruited by Arkansas, Missouri, Baylor, Tulsa, Texas A&M and getting some interest from Kansas and Kentucky, didn't get to play in last weekend's Holiday Hoops due to the injury.

"Right now I have no one-legged explosiveness," Gulley said. "Whenever I try to jump off one leg, it's just not there."

He could be out through the rest of December after a junior season that he averaged 17.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

Gully is averaging 18 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists in his brief action so far this season.

"I have been to about three or four doctors," Gulley said. "I did go ahead and get a cortisone shot in it already and that is supposed to cut the recovery time in half. But we are going to rest it and get better and (Fayetteville) Coach (Barry Gebhart) and I have talked and its best just to be ready to go by conference in January."

Gulley, a brilliant student who plans to major in sports medicine, has offers from Arkansas, Missouri, Baylor and Tulsa as of now and most had been to see him practice before the injury.

"Arkansas has been there a couple of times, Missouri's been there, Baylor's been there and Virginia came last week," Gulley said. "Kansas is supposed to be coming up, but they want to wait until I get healthy."

Gulley has also taken in some Arkansas practices.

"Arkansas has a hard working staff," Gulley said. "Anytime I want to call and talk to them, they make themselves available and I just feel real comfortable with them. They are real upfront with you and I have nothing but good things to say about them."

Gulley got to see two of his favorites hook up when Arkansas downed Missouri 94-91 in a thrilling game at Bud Walton on Nov. 28.

"It was a great game, a good up-and-down game and there was great play on both sides," Gulley said. "It was good to see the two different styles go against each other and (Arkansas) Coach John Pelphrey go against (Missouri) Coach Mike Anderson."

There will probably be a lot more offers on the table before Gulley begins to fully concentrate on his choice.

"There are a lot of other schools showing interest and right now I am just open," Gulley said. "Next summer I will start thinking more about it and moving toward making a decision."

He has obviously done some background already having taken unofficial visits to Arkansas, Missouri, Baylor and Texas A&M, where his sister LaToya plays her college basketball for former Arkansas coach Gary Blair.

"It is good to see different places and be able to compare them and see the differences in them," Gulley said. "Missouri is a great school with good facilities. Baylor's coaching staff is real nice."

Gulley said there is really only one thing giving him more pain than his groin right now and that's having to watch his teammates play and not being able to help.

"That hurts just as bad – if not more – than being hurt," Gulley said. "I can't stand that."


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