Gulley a Perfect Fit for Mizzou Hoops

How does this sound for a Missouri basketball prospect: A player who lives in a neighboring state, has known head coach Mike Anderson since third grade -- thus had made two trips to check out MU -- is looking for an up-tempo style and boasts a 4.0 GPA? And by the way, his coach says he's caomparable to NBA first-round picks Joe Johnson and Ronnie Brewer .... Mizzou fans, meet Fred Gulley.


Gulley is a rising junior point guard from Fayetteville, AK., and one of the more promising point guards in the Class of 2009. Anderson has known him since he was nine years old, when Anderson's wide coached Gulley's AAU team, and Gulley has been to MU twice already – most recently for Missouri Elite Camp earlier this summer.

"It's really easy to talk to him since I've know him for so long," said Guller, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound playmaker who has offers from MU and Arkansas along with heavy interest from Kentucky, Virginia, Wisconsin and Texas A&M. "The facilities were the first thing that struck me" about Mizzou.

Gulley, who averaged 17.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists as a sophomore, is a big fan of Anderson's and is enamored with Mizzou's facilities. A known commodity since former Arkansas coach Stan Heath reportedly offered him a scholarship when he was a fifth-grader, Gulley is as grounded and articulate as any high school junior you'll come across. As mentioned, he has a perfect GPA, and he plans to study sports medicine.

He's also not too shabby at basketball.

"He's really athletic, really fast and has really good legs. On defensive, he'll get in your grill," said his AAU coach, Bill Ingram, who also mentored budding stars Johnson and Brewer, both of whom starred at the University of Arkansas.

"He's in the same league as they were at the same age," Ingram said. "He might not be quite there yet, but he has a lot of similarities to them as tenth-graders."

Gulley more than held his own earlier this summer against All-American Jrue Holiday, a 2008 UCLA commit. And this week in Vegas, he averaged a double-double, including a 28-point, 12-rebound performance. His strength is getting into the lane and either finishing or kicking it out to open teammates.

"I think I can get into the lane at any time," he said.

Gulley plans to come out with a list of his top handful of schools during the upcoming basketball season and then commit sometime relatively early in the process.

"I would say next summer," said his father, Fred Gulley Jr.

Mizzou is right in the mix with both Gulley and in-state standout Michael Dixon, who is being recruited by loads of major programs. If the Tigers can land one or both of the prospects early, the backcourt will be in good shape for a while to come.

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